Why do mints/mint gum sometimes induce sneezing?

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Offline Chiisanahime

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Why do mints/mint gum sometimes induce sneezing?
« on: 11/12/2009 08:20:06 »
Whenever I chew mint gum, I begin to get the "sniffles", so to speak. This also induces sneezing. Why causes this to happen?  [???]

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Why do mints/mint gum sometimes induce sneezing?
« Reply #1 on: 12/12/2009 01:19:58 »
Perhaps sensitive olfactory nerves.

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Why do mints/mint gum sometimes induce sneezing?
« Reply #2 on: 12/12/2009 03:07:01 »
When my allergies are acting up and I chew mint gum between the chewing action and mint it helps my nose to drain, causing the sniffles because I was a tad conjested but not enough to notice until I chewed the gum.. anyway my nose then drains and the strength of the mint flavor and odor works on y nose much like menthol....I am no scientist but this is what I notice with me.

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