Aren’t sure what to do when you are in public and you feel a sneeze coming on? Our article on Sneezing Etiquette will clear your mind of all worries (but, not your nose of all its boogers)!
Sneezing etiquette will help you keep your dignity even while snot is blowing out of your nose and a hundred miles per hour. Sneezing etiquette also can help minimize the spread of your germs. More importantly to those around you, following proper sneezing etiquette will keep your boogers off of those around you when you sneeze. As a sneeze, either triggered by a cold or allergies, will creep up on you unexpectedly at any time, it is important to read the list below on sneezing etiquette to ensure your sneezing etiquette is second nature.
- Always cover your mouth and nose area when sneezing, preferably with a tissue or handkerchief, but, cupping both of your hands over that area will also work. In dire straits, a sleeve will work as well. These last two methods are best done in private, as there are clean up and gross factors involved.
- If someone gives you their handkerchief when you sneeze, do not hand it back to them covered in slime. Proper sneezing etiquette dictates you take it home, wash it and present it back to the lender in tip top shape (boogers not included).
- If you are having a sneezing fit, please excuse yourself from the room.
- Wash your hands after sneezing, even if you used a tissue or handkerchief, to prevent the spread of germs.
- If you need to blow your nose after sneezing, excuse yourself from the room. No one wants to hear that sound. No one.
- If you sneeze, say, “Excuse me” afterwards. If someone near you sneezes, it is proper sneezing etiquette to say, “Bless you”, “God bless you” or “Gesundheit”. Comedian Dane Cook has a funny part of his routine about saying “Bless you”. Check it out and make your own decision.
While sneezing isn’t pretty, you can do it and move on as gracefully as possible by following the above tips on sneezing etiquette!
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