Why the post-sneeze sweet smell?
September 8, 2005 3:25 PM Subscribe
What's that sweet post-sneeze smell I smell?
posted by cortex to Science & Nature (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Often times after I sneeze, especially after a good nose-clearer, I get a brief smell sensation that I can best describe as being "sweet." (Perhaps a little floral? It's very difficult to put it into words.)
It doesn't last long -- between sneezing just now and endeavoring to post this, it's gone already -- and the odor/sensation is very consistent from sneeze to sneeze over a period of years.
What the heck is this? Is it some olfactory illusion from over-compensation for some anti-this-odor component in my snot? Does this happen to other people?
From the archives: abcde smells something metallic in this thread; no, I don't see sparks when it happens.