DEBUNKED: You CAN sneeze with your eyes open after all

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by Emma Dodds |

It has been revealed that it is possible to sneeze with your eyes open - and also how fast a sneeze can come out of your nose.

You know that old wives' tale that reckons you can't sneeze with your eyes open because the force of it would make your eyes pop out?

You must remember - you most likely heard it on the playground from some know-it-all kid and you had nightmares for weeks about your eyes shooting out your skull?!

Well, it turns out that's a load of rubbish, according to a study commissioned by Olbas.

WATCH: Holly's hilarious non-sneeze on This Morning nearly messes up the show!

GP Dr Roger Henderson has answered the most commonly asked questions about sneezing, and revealed that it is actually physically possible to sneeze with your eyes open.

He said: "The sneeze reflex involves the contraction of a number of different muscles and muscle groups throughout the body, typically including the eyelids.

"But the common belief that it is impossible to sneeze with one's eyes open is inaccurate, although most of us do shut our eyes. Don’t worry, if they stay open nothing unusual happens!"

He also revealed that the average sneeze can be up to around 100mph - almost as fast as the average train!

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The GP added that the feeling of a blocked nose is down to inflamed nasal passages as the body’s immune system attempts to fight off the virus.

The inflammation then cleverly signifies where the immune cells need to be so that they can physically destroy and mop up the virus particles.

And snot is the result of the nasal blood vessels swelling. Lovely stuff.

He also said that the best ways to stop a sneeze are deep breathing, holding your breath while counting to ten, or gently pinching the bridge of the nose for several seconds.

The doctor issued some advice: "Anyone can catch a cold - but the best ways to avoid it are washing your hands with warm water and soap, and not sharing towels or household items, like cups, with someone who has a cold.

"You should also avoid touching your eyes or nose in case you’ve come into contact with the virus - it can infect the body this way – and staying fit and healthy, including having good nutrition and enough sleep, can certainly help to decrease your chances."

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