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What causes bad smelling sneeze?

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Posted on Wed, 15 Oct 2014
Question: Why do my sneezes smell really bad? My wife has been telling me about this for we'll over a year now. Every time I sneeze it's a horrible smell. What could be the issue?
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
allergic chronic sinusitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.

In my opinion, you might be having allergic rhino sinusitis. Chronic infection can cause bad smell.
If I were your treating doctor, I would have advised steroid nasal spray+antihistamines tablet for 3 months.
Neti pot or saline douching daily.
If symptoms persists, then I would suggest you to get a ct scan of the sinuses to rule out the condition of the sinuses. If there is sinus block, not responding with medicine, then endoscopic sinus surgery is advised.

Hope my answers have helped you. Thanks.
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Brief Answer: allergic chronic sinusitis. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for your query. In my opinion, you might be having allergic rhino sinusitis. Chronic infection can cause bad smell. If I were your treating doctor, I would have advised steroid nasal spray+antihistamines tablet for 3 months. Neti pot or saline douching daily. If symptoms persists, then I would suggest you to get a ct scan of the sinuses to rule out the condition of the sinuses. If there is sinus block, not responding with medicine, then endoscopic sinus surgery is advised. Hope my answers have helped you. Thanks.