Do you close your eyes when you sneeze?

@minx267 (15553)
Hartford, Connecticut
February 5, 2010 3:18pm CST
One of my biggest fears, besides spiders and other creepy crawly insects is getting into an accident because when I am driving and I sneeze, I close my eyes - I am Afraid I will rear end someone or jerk the steering wheel.. I have gotten to the point where if I feel a sneeze coming on I actually let go of the steering wheel most of the time.. because the car will go pretty straight without my help. Does anyone else find that they close their eyes when they sneeze? Do you think that it will cause you a problem? Maybe I am just weird. :-)
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@doormouse (4599)
5 Feb 10
you have to close your eyes when you sneeze,otherwise the pressure from the sneeze will pop your eyeballs out,I THINK
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
LMAO. I have not heard that one before.. :-D
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@mentalward (14691)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Ewwwww!!! Can you imagine....?????
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
nope, I can't- Gross.. I prefer my eyeballs in my head -thank you! LOL
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@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
hello minx, I haven't known any person who can sneeze without closing eyes. Have you ever tried to sneeze without closing your eyes anyway? I think it is a normal reaction,that we closes our eyes when we sneeze. Then,maybe,you need to be extra careful when you sneeze while driving to avoid any accident. take care then...don't drive when you sneeze(hahaha..just kidding) have a good weekend
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
I do.. I try to be very careful when I am sneezing and driving.. or is it driving and sneezing?
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@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
well...it's like having the warning of "don't drive when drunk" you can consider for yourself... "don't drive when sneezing" smile
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• Canada
5 Feb 10
Eyes closes automatically while sneezing for a second.
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@celticeagle (156067)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Feb 10
Your biggest fear? I wish that was mine! Weird? No! Overly attentive to such things? Yes! Give it up. The few seconds usually isn't enough to cause a problem. Just becareful. If you are an attentive driver and serious about it there shouldn't be any problems. Doesn't happen that often anyway.
@celticeagle (156067)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Feb 10
We all have those.
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
LOL. well maybe not my Biggest- but it is one of my irrational ones!
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• Estonia
5 Feb 10
I usually close my eyes when I sneeze, and yes, if I am having for example a cup of coffee in my hands or some other gentle things, I usually put them down before sneezing. My body shakes quite roughly when I am sneezing, so I can break or drop something by accident, so I usually keep fragile things away from me. I think that you act right when being so cautious when sneezing while driving. Drive safe and have a nice day!:)
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
LOL. I know what you mean- too often I am carrying a HOT cup of tea- filled to the rim and all of a sudden I have to sneeze! I try to quickly put the cup down..
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@rubyriaz007 (4189)
• India
21 Jun 18
Yes, I close my eyes when I sneeze.I think all close their eyes when they sneeze.
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
21 Jun 18
yes it seems like an involuntary reaction that we can not help but do.
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@gabs8513 (48687)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 10
Nope you are not weird at all as I do this to and I have to say it always scares me to I normally hld my Nose if I know it is going to happen lol and most the time that works and I don't sneeze then but it is very scary I have to admit that
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Feb 10
Good, then I am not so crazy...:) I don't know why I have that fear.. maybe I had an accident this way in a past life.. It strange how some things bother us and others don't. I consider myself a good driver and logically I can say that nothing will probably ever happen.. but... You should see me freak when there is a spider IN my car and it walks across my windshield or something.. I will probably crash because of the more than likely... My fear of spiders is greater - definitely!
@Qaeyious (2357)
• United States
6 Feb 10
It seems to be the consensus on most sites it's about keeping your eyes in. Here is an article that says that while the pressure is not enough to actually have them pop out, your eyes will be very uncomfortable if you try to leave them open. I'm on dialup, so I don't know how this ends, but here's the myth busters take on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D5fJYHbK7k
@Qaeyious (2357)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Dang it - the article mentioned in the first paragraph is at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/13/the_odd_body_sneezing_eyes_open/
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
Thanks you for your input.. I haven't really tried to force my eyes to stay open while sneezing... but I know it gets uncomfortable when you have a staring contest!
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
Just FYI- his Eyes did not bulge or pop out of his head in two sneezes.
@ElicBxn (63187)
• United States
8 Feb 10
I actually had a sneeze at a point where I had to keep both my hands on the wheel and my eyes open, and I managed the latter with great difficulty - I don't worry about either of the events, one, because I don't jerk my wheel and I try to keep enough distance from the car in front of me to keep me safe. and, unless I'm sick, I don't sneeze a lot.
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Feb 10
I don't sneeze too much as a rule either, but their are occasionally allergies, bugs up the nose or pepper spray... :-) hehe
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@BarBaraPrz (44891)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Feb 10
I thought people's eyes closed automatically when they sneezed...
@BarBaraPrz (44891)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Feb 10
I think it's just a momentary loss of control... some of us also pee ourselves when sneezing...
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
why is that? so the bugs don't fly in our mouth and eyes at the same time? what exactly is that reflex for?
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@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
oh, cool- I am not the only one.. lol
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@Loverbear (4918)
• United States
6 Feb 10
It has been said that it is virtually impossible to sneeze without closing your eyes. I have been able to sneeze with my eyes open, but it is difficult. What is keeping you safe is that you are afraid of rear ending someone when you sneeze or jerk the wheel and run into someone. Letting go of the wheel when you sneeze really isn't too safe as you could run into a pot hole, bump, manhole cover or something that could cause your wheels to turn on their own. By holding onto the steering wheel when you sneeze you can feel the change in direction of the wheels if you hit an obstacle that might cause your wheels to turn. Plus the amount of time that your eyes are closed in proportion to the speed and chances that someone is beside you are like nano seconds. I figure if my eyes are closed when I sneeze I can't see the boogers go flying everywhere! I know it's pretty gross, but I remember a spactular sneeze I had in high school. There was this super cute student teacher that I had a huge crush on...I had a bad head cold and was sitting in class (without any kleenex handy) when I sneezed. I did the appropriate thing for that era and covered my nose and mouth with my hand. I ended up with a huge handful of snot!!! I pulled my hand away from my nose and of course it was a big stringer of snot that followed, (kind of looked like taffy that was being pulled) I heard "EEEEWWWWWWWW" behind me, so I went to the student teacher who looked up at me with those gorgeous brown eyes...I couldn't move my hand so he could hear me say anything because the snot would slither out...so I did the only intelligent thing I could think of, I cut and run!!! I raced for the girls bathroom to clean up my face. Fortunately the student teacher didn't ask where I went...I sure didn't want to tell him the snot story.
@Loverbear (4918)
• United States
6 Feb 10
My other claim to fame is talking to a really cute guy that I was crushing big time on...he was about to ask me out on a date when I said something and spit a huge wad of spit on his chest. Well so much for that date! LOL! Or that time I sneezed suddenly, so fast that I couldn't cover it in time and sneezed a huge booger on... Yes, my life is one embarrassment after another. Like having a SBD follow me from 50 feet away from the car and it followed me into the car and lingered for half an hour...and it was a big time gagger!!! LOL. Wonder why the guy had all the windows down....
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
LMAO! Oh you are just killing me this morning! Maybe you should be the subject of a reality show.. sounds hilarious!
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
LMAO. oops I am sorry to laugh at your embarrassment - I have had that happen to me.. but not in front of a cute student teacher.. But I know of the snot of which you speak.. ew is right! it often grosses me out! At least he was understanding!
• Australia
19 Mar 10
I have tried to keep my eyes open while sneezing & it's not an easy feat so I just tend to close my eyes but when driving, I try not to sneeze unless it's VERY necessary.
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
21 Mar 10
yep, I hear ya.. that's what I do.. And I also pray I have a napkin or tissue handy :-)
@ifa225 (14364)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 10
do not worry, it happens to me too. I think it is some spontaneous reaction. There are some body reaction that we can not control. It is normal for you and i think you are not weird at all
@Shawchert (1094)
• United States
5 Feb 10
i think everyone has that fear and it seems that there have been crashes that were caused by sneezing, I don't wanna scare you anymore so I won't link anything
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
OMG.. thanks for that.. I would refuse to go to work if I got a cold.. And it's even worse if it's during the winter and the streets are icy!
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Feb 10
I wonder if everybody has the fear that they are going to crash while driving though.. ???
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
8 Feb 10
You aren't extraordinarily paranoid at all, everyone does close their eyes when they sneeze, it is a natural reaction. That said, I know most people would be able to say that they have never met someone that has gotten into an accident that was caused because of them sneezing, but I'm not one of those people. My sister did in fact total her car when she was a senior in high school because she sneezed while she was driving and ended up hitting a parked car. Ever since then I've done as you do and let go of the steering wheel when I know I am going to sneeze and I also take my foot of the accelorator pedal as well.
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Feb 10
Aha, See- I knew there would be someone out there who would understand.. Wow, TOTALED? that sucks! I take my foot off the accelerator too.. :-)
@neildc (17239)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
6 Feb 10
i think i also close my eyes when i sneeze. that's true, it could cause an incident while driving and you happen to sneeze and you close your eyes. scary... i drive motorcycle most of the time.
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
That is scary- It would seem to be harder to control a motorcycle if you are having a sneezing fit.
• Hong Kong
6 Feb 10
that is normal when you sneeze your eyes will close not a bad one huh, but if your sneezing constantly in every seconds you should ask your doctor what will be the prevention for that because it will be harmful for you in that case you were driving a car or much harmful if motor bikes..
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
Wow, I didn't think about that- Motor cycle divers- that must be much worse for them. they probably jerk the steering of the bike- and they are probably more prone to it too- with bugs flying up there nose and dirt and stuff.. I am glad I don't ride a motorcycle!
@MrKennedy (1978)
6 Feb 10
Apparently, like another mylotter mentioned earlier, humans HAVE to close their eyes when they sneeze otherwise the pressure results in the eyeballs popping from their snug little sockets And yes, I have had many near accidents on the road before caused by stupid things like a badly timed sneeze
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
LOL. There is link to a mythbuster debunking on the previous page.. EYES will Not pop out if they are forced open.. So I guess I just have to worry about those pesky accidents!
@hexeduser22 (7253)
• Philippines
6 Feb 10
I have a unique way of sneezing. I usually double sneeze, sneezing followed by another sneeze and it's uncontrollable. I do close my eyes every during those sneezes and it's also uncontrollable
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
7 Feb 10
Yes, I understand I have someone that I know who always sneezes in threes!
@tanchyka (213)
• Slovenia
6 Feb 10
You have to close your eyes when you sneeze or your eyes would pop out. That's a known fact. I don't think it will ever cause me a problem, especially because you can force yourself not to sneeze and then you don't close your eyes either. I would do this in the car, because I know that holding your sneezes in is not good for your health. I don't think there are many accidents involving the driver sneezing.
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
Sorry to disappoint you.. But it is NOT a Fact... known or otherwise.. Check the link right in the box above. There is proof!
@ErrSmth (39)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 10
fact is everyone sneeze with their eyes closed. bot only that your heart stopped functioning for 1 millisecond, creepy eh? so that's why someone says "god bless you" cause your heart just stop beating. yeah for me it disturbs. i break my concentration just to sneeze. things like that
@minx267 (15553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Feb 10
ah, I never thought about the reason we say God Bless you.. interesting a bet there is some fact in that!