A grade 3 boy whom I used to tutor many years back was a perennial sneezer; and he had this incredible skill of somehow making the precious droplets land exactly on my forearms making me smell like an peeved up Halyomorpha halys (stink bug) all through the evening! After 18 years of that experience, I decided to nose-dive into this phenomenon. Well, literally!
Sneezing can be pretty annoying; but offering a stinky sneeze to someone will surely not fetch you ‘bless yous’ ! That three inch of protrusion right between your eyes has a lot of sensing to do. Your nose picks up odours from every fleck floating in the air but did you imagine it smelling its own excretion? A stinky sneeze is for real. We all emanate diverse odours with sneezes, some just about to avoid any embarrassment while some that can put a skunk to shame!
A malodorous sneeze definitely embarrasses you in public but it poses something proverbially deeper than what meets the nose! The smell of your sneeze can indicate underlying pathological conditions.
The winner’s trophy goes to none other than your bad breath!
Your breath has been a crowd repellant off-late and you have been stuffing a whole line of mentos down your throat, but to no avail. Sneezing causes saliva droplets to escape and chaperone out your dirty secrets through the nose.
Bad breath or halitosis traces down to compromised dental hygiene and very often, smoking. Periodontitis, dental cavities, tooth decay and unclean tongue are the most prevalent causes of halitosis and consequentially add a sour putrid odor to your sneeze. And if you are the one who can kill humans with your breath-bomb, then one can only imagine how explosive your sneeze can be!
The second greatest culprits causing you embarrassing foul sneezes are those hollow cavities sitting inside your skull, the sinuses. Allergies or bacterial/viral infections, especially chronic ones, cause stagnant nasal and sinus secretions to turn obnoxious and foul-smelling over the time. If you are a regular visitor to your doctor for sinusitis-related problems, be prepared to host some evil sneezes on your neighbor!
Snuff with Sweetness!
“Honey, your sneeze stinks.” You just managed to get rejected by your honey boney’s kiss, thanks to mr. bad breath. But what about are sneezes which smell of honey??! It is difficult to catch a sweet smell unless there is a night jasmine bush growing through your nasal mucosa. But if you manage to feel any sugary-sweetist or honey-like essence in your sneeze, there may be a possibility of diabetes or related complications like ketoacidosis lurking right under your nasal bridge! See a doctor and get that damn dragon under control.
Smoky is not always sensous!
The name says it all. Trash those cigrarette packs rightaway. You may have gobbled up 5 mints to drive the stench away from your breath but one sneeze, and your daddy will know what you have been upto.
Face it, if your saliva smells lousy, your sneeze will not smell like vanilla! And whether you like it or not, your sneeze can tell out all your secrets. It may be a transient condition and a timely remediation can save you from lifelong embarrassments. So next time get your olfactory neurons on double duty and observe if you can sniff any unpleasant whiffs!