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Can Blowing Your Nose Cause Brain Damage?

I’m sure the title of the article is a complete shocker. You have not thought blowing your nose causes brain damage and could really have such big repercussions. It’s a common activity that everyone does so we don’t even think much about it. But, the problem might occur when you blow it too hard.

Actually, the nasal deposit or even the drainage is not some foreign body acting on our body. It is our body’s reaction to that pathogen. Basically, it is the immune response against cold, flu, or sinus infections that helps us to overcome this illness.

And sometimes, it’s okay but then you can not let it drain naturally all the time as it will get really messy and miserable.

So, What Happens When You Blow Your Nose?

I will tell you some of the consequences of how blowing our nose can have a serious impact on our bodies.

1. Nosebleeds

Keep in mind that a runny nose is already irritating. And, if you blow your nose very hard it can actually lead to a nosebleed. This happens because the pressure developed on the nose is very high and due to this extreme buildup, the blood vessels burst thus causing bleeding. This pressure is more than the pressure exerted on the membrane when you’re sneezing. Nosebleeds also tend to create problems while breathing.

2. Ear and Sinus Infections

The ear, nose, and throat are basically one system. They are all connected and can affect one another. Due to this connection blowing your nose too hard can actually affect your throat and ears as well. Surprising right?

Suppose you have a runny nose or a stuffy nose caused by a bacterial or viral infection. When you blow your nose, it can lead to the spreading of germs which might enter your throat and ear, infecting them as well.

And making your cold situation much worse than it normally is. Similarly, with sinuses also the viruses actually travel to your sinuses, and create problems with that.

3. Eardrum Ruptures

I’m sure you all know that infection can affect your ear. But, do you have any idea that blowing your nose hard can also lead to rupturing your eardrum? Although it’s not very often there is a possibility of this happening since the ear and nose are connected by the eustachian tube.

The pressure buildup due to blowing can lead to the building of a hole in your eustachian tube.

4. Dizziness

Your ear is not just a body part that helps you to hear, it serves a lot of purposes. Primarily, body balance. The inner ear is where the vestibular system controls your body’s balance sense is located. So, there is a possibility that you feel dizzy after blowing your nose and that’s because of transmission of pressure to your inner ear.

The Eustachian tube which I talked about above has the function to maintain the balance on both sides of your eardrum. But, blowing your nose too hard can put a lot of pressure on the little bones of your ear.

5. Air Pushed into Your Lungs

If you push yourself too much, and blow your nose very hard it might blow air into your lungs. This actually leads air into places that it should not enter into. During this process, if the pressure increases a lot in your lungs then it can enter the tissues in your lungs which can lead to chest pain.

Can You Believe It May Even Lead to Brain Damage?

I found in a research that blowing the nose too hard can also lead to some cardiac problems or brain aneurysms, which can sometimes lead to a stroke. If you don’t know about it, let me tell you that an aneurysm is basically a sudden blood pressure rise that comes due to forceful blowing of the nose.

The problem with aneurysms is that they are very abrupt, and not accompanied by a warning. Research has also shown that blowing your nose too hard can cause a permanent brain hemorrhage.

That’s Why I Suggest You to Safely Blow Your Nose

A stuffy nose is very uncomfortable, but so are the consequences of harsh nose-blowing.

While you are blowing your nose notice if there is no mucus then stop. You are just exerting your nose for nothing.

A better way is to always blow a nostril while keeping your finger on the other side of your nose and gently closing it. First, breathe in and then blow out from the open nostril. Similarly, do this for the other nostril as this will reduce pressure on the eustachian tube.

What you can probably keep in mind is that, if you’re blowing your nose too hard then the reason is that the deposited mucous is actually not runny but stuck to the insides of your nose.

And based on the nature of the substance and the softness of your nose skin, rather than forcing it out what you should do is try softening it by using steam or hot water, or even applying some cream or saline nasal spray. So, it becomes lubricated and can be easily ejected, while your nose skin will also not get disrupted.

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Pragya


Anushree Khandelwal
  1. This article on the potential risks of blowing your nose was an eye-opener. The insights into sinus health and precautions were invaluable. Well-researched and informative!

  2. This article sheds light on a surprising topic – the potential consequences of blowing your nose too hard. It’s fascinating to learn about the interconnectedness of the nose, ears, and throat, and how vigorous nose-blowing can lead to nosebleeds, ear and sinus infections, and even eardrum ruptures. Understanding the balance between clearing nasal passages and avoiding excessive force adds a new perspective to a common daily activity. The article provides valuable insights for maintaining a healthy respiratory system.

  3. Insightful read! Dispelling myths and providing clarity. Well-researched content on a commonly misunderstood topic. Thumbs up

  4. Despite the relief of blowing my nose, I will proceed with caution going harm. After all, it can do more harm than good if I don’t do it right. So, I will follow your tips on how to blow the nose safely. I don’t want to have nosebleeds or feel dizzy for blowing my nose too hard or wrongly.

  5. The article was an eye-opener on a common practice. It highlights issues arising due to blowing your nose too hard, potentially causing nosebleeds, infections, and even eardrum ruptures. Intriguingly, it mentioned the risk of a brain aneurysm and its link to strokes. The detailed guide on safe nose-blowing added crucial information for preventive measures. This newfound knowledge will undoubtedly make me more cautious.

  6. This article was very insightful. It has opened different perspectives on blowing my nose the correct way and what the incorrect way could cause towards my health. I never knew that blowing my nose hard could even cause something so severe such as brain damage despite the act being natural.

  7. I first time came to know that blowing your nose can lead to brain harm. The point where it is stated that blowing your nose can cause chest pain or brain issues is very appealing to me, especially as a science student. Amazing article as usual. I find something new every time I read here.

    1. The article effectively dispels the causes of blowing nose and also addresses the potential ways to safe blowing of nose it gives an immense knowledge about hard blowing of nose can cause different problems mainly brain damage and cardiac problems.

  8. Blowing your nose is a common activity, but excessive force can lead to various issues. Blowing too hard may cause nosebleeds due to the high pressure on blood vessels. The interconnected ear, nose, and throat system means forceful blowing can spread infections, worsening conditions in the throat and ears. The eustachian tube connecting the ear and nose might be affected, potentially causing eardrum ruptures.

  9. This article is very percipient. Everyone should be aware of the diseases spreading fast now a days also know the remedies to get rid of those diseases. Nose, ear and throat are combine with a single tube. If is facing the problem, other automatically disturbs. So it is needed to treat the disease timely to get rid of any serious situation.

  10. This article is very informative for everyone , article sheds light on the potential health risks associated with forceful nose-blowing, revealing surprising consequences such as nosebleeds, ear infections, and even the rare possibility of brain aneurysms. The cautionary tips on gentler nose-blowing techniques provide valuable insights into maintaining nasal health and preventing unintended complications.

  11. This article provides a clear and reassuring explanation regarding the common concern about blowing your nose and its potential connection to brain damage. Dispelling myths and highlighting the body’s protective mechanisms, it offers valuable information for readers. A concise and informative read that addresses a common misconception, promoting a better understanding of the body’s natural safeguards.

  12. Very interesting article and helped me to know that ear, nose, and throat are fundamentally one framework, they are completely associated and can influence each other, and because of this association cleaning out your nose too hard can really influence your throat and ears too.

  13. The article provides an informative and potentially surprising exploration of the consequences of blowing one’s nose too hard. It presents a balanced view, acknowledging the commonality of nose blowing while highlighting the potential risks associated with excessive force.

  14. The information is well-organized, and the article presents a logical progression from the reasons behind blowing one’s nose to the potential consequences. The inclusion of various repercussions, such as nosebleeds, ear and sinus infections, eardrum ruptures, dizziness, and even the possibility of air entering the lungs, adds depth to the discussion.

  15. The article doesn’t solely focus on the negative aspects; it also offers practical advice on safely blowing one’s nose. The final thoughts provide a helpful conclusion, emphasizing alternative methods to deal with a stuffy nose without resorting to excessive force.

  16. This article brings important awareness !!! Blowing our nose when we have a cold is a very common practice. Even nosebleeds are known. However, it’s eye-opening to learn about more fatal effects like eardrum rupture and putting pressure on our lungs. The most important is a chance to damage our brain because of a sudden rise in blood pressure. It’s a wake-up call to take precautions while dealing with a simple act like blowing our nose.

  17. I don’t like to blow my nose at all but if anyone does it in front of me it’s so annoying but the title of your article is shocking like I didn’t know it can affect brain and we can get nosebleeds, the post is a total eye-opener.

  18. This is probably the first time in my life that I came across this information and it was really insightful and informative. I will definitely keep this in mind the next time I get a bad cold. Thank you for the research and efforts.

  19. Anushree this eye-opening article highlights the potential dangers of blowing your nose too hard, unveiling surprising consequences beyond mere discomfort. From nosebleeds to ear infections, it connects the intricate system of the nose, ears, and throat. The mention of possible brain damage adds a critical dimension, emphasizing the importance of gentle nose-blowing practices. A compelling read for essential health insights and it helps lot of people to not believe on myths and to know the fact or reason behind it.

  20. As someone who suffers from stuffed nose every time while catching cold , this article was a indeed helpful read, a little scary as well as I do this thing of blowing my nose too hard at times. Will remember and take all the precautions mentioned here.

  21. This article was very informative and it should be read by many more people. I was unaware of the fact that nose blowing can also lead to ear and sinus infections so I am glad I came across this article as I cam be more careful from now on.

  22. This article on the potential risks of blowing your nose caught my attention. It’s quite insightful, shedding light on unexpected consequences like nosebleeds, infections, and even the possibility of brain damage. Well-researched and informative!

  23. I’ve been experiencing this too! I’ve been searching the internet trying to figure this out. The burning sensation runs from the top of my head to the back on the side I blew on. Thank you, I didn’t know that it was because of pressure.

  24. The article shed light on a common habit, revealing the problems that can arise from blowing your nose too forcefully. It pointed out risks like nosebleeds, infections, and even ruptured eardrums. Surprisingly, it also discussed how this practice could be linked to serious issues like brain aneurysms and strokes. The detailed instructions on safe nose-blowing provided important information for avoiding these risks. This new understanding will certainly make me more careful in the future. Must read!

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