Sneezing will also aerosolize a lot of mucus & the stuff that's trapped in mucus and sneezing can also clear some of the molecules that have been stuck to your olfactory receptors.
I've observed this happening both When I'm heavily congested (the type of embarressing sneeze that leaves you with a tissue full of snot) and why completely 'clear', whithout sniffles and without producing a big mist of 'sneeze vapor' (i know thats not the technical term, but you know what i mean, when you can actually see the mist)
clearing the olfactory receptors could possibly re-prime them to recognize molecules that they've become angergized to.
I spotted that quote in my search yesterday when i finally bit the bullet and googled it, but it doesn't seem plausible
If my olfactory receptors were 'angergized' (desensitised) to this smell then wouldn't my smell sensation be effected? Jasmine, my faviorite flower still smells exactly the same as my childhood memorys, and i have no problem appreciating the varying purfumes of roses.
I'm also confused as to why olfactory receptors would suddenly start behaving like this 're-primming' effect randomly at the age of 30. I've done nothing in the last year to damage them, or experienced any type of physical change.
Edited by Joe Luxon, 10 October 2010 - 09:06 PM.