Sneezing Etiquette


I never understood sneezing etiquette.   I always tend to sneeze in my hand.  Then after I sneeze I can either wash my hand if necessary or use some hand cleaner to eradicate any lingering germs.  But everyone always tells me I am doing it wrong and that is unsanitary.  Rather, the proper way to sneeze is to do so in the crook of your arm.

HOWEVER, it seems like every time I try to follow the etiquette proscribed, I hock a huge wad of phlegm out of my mouth and nose as shown in today’s cartoon.  So now I am walking around with a huge loogie on my arm trying to conceal the fact that it is there from others.  And of course I have to run to the bathroom to try and clean snot off my shirt.

So what gives?  Anyone have the same predicament?  How do you sneeze?  And for those that comment….”BLESS YOU.”

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  1. Binky says:

    You could try a Kleenex. Or better yet, just hold it in.

  2. Bill Murphy says:

    If I can’t get to my tissue in time I’ll sneeze into my arm. My nose runs all the time so I never leave home without two paper towels. One in each pocket. 😉

  3. G. B. Miller says:

    Okay. Strange topic, but what the hay.

    When I sneeze, I make sure that I’m not facing anyone. So more often than not when I’m at work, I’ll sneeze at the wall of my cubicle or at the floor. If I’m in public, I’ll still make sure I’m not facing anyone when I sneeze.

    I wouldn’t recommend holding it in. You could do damage to your sinus passages and such.

  4. Comedy Plus says:

    Bwahahahahahahaha. I have a visual on this now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. lisleman says:

    The solution to your problem is to sneeze and fart and the same time. The fart will scare the people away so that you can discreetly take care of your snot.

  6. David Hurley says:

    And no one uses handkerchiefs anymore.

  7. Arg.. I know this predicament well. It’s enough to make me want to exchange my white dress shirts for phlegmy green colored ones..

  8. Alex says:

    I usually just sneeze into my shirt. Just pull your collar out a little and look down and sneeze into your shirt. Its a little gross to sneeze on your chest but theres nothing that will be touching there and it really doesn’t get that wet

  9. Tony McGurk says:

    I use my hand & as you said you can wash it. Or wipe it on your pants. Somehow sneezing into you sleeve seems weird to me. Who decided this arm sneeze thing anyway?

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