Discussions By Condition: Ears, Nose, Mouth & Throat conditions

Smell control

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 31, 2012
  • 11:51 AM

This is more a curiosity question than anything, not majorly important.

Recently, when spending time with friends, there was a particularly bad smell in the area that everyone was complaining about, I was unaffected as I had closed off my nasal cavity. Everyone was surprised and fascinated by this, I had always thought that everyone could do the same, but after discussion with friends and family, it appears I'm the only one we know who can do this.
The passageway at the back of my throat that leads up to my nasal cavity is something I can voluntarily close, I've always been able to do this for as long as I can remember, it's always been useful when bad smells are around, or if I have to take some particularly bad tasting medicine.

Is this a gene I have that allows me to do this, like the tongue-rolling gene? Or is this something that anyone can do if they've learned?

Reply Flag this Discussion
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.

Signs of a Psoriasis Flare

Know the five types of psoriasis and how to spot flares.

How Diabetes Medications Affect Your Appetite

Newer diabetes treatments can suppress appetite and aid weight loss.

What to Do For Dry Mouth

Try these tips to get your salivary glands back into action.

The Painkiller – Constipation Connection

Constipation is a common side effect of opioid and narcotic pain medicines.

9 Signs of Sensitive Skin

Is it sensitive skin or something else?