People with a sneezing fetish may seek out partners prone to sneezing, such as people with allergies. They may also try to make themselves or others sneeze by wearing strong fragrances or creating an environment rich in allergens such as dust and pet hair. They may also seek out stimulation online. Audio and video recordings of people sneezing can provide an outlet for people with a sneezing fetish.
People with a sneezing fetish may find sneezing so erotic because this act represents a complete loss of control. It's an involuntary response to a stimulus which is something people rarely experience in public. Some people who feel turned on by sneezing say the tension, then the release of a sneeze isn’t too dissimilar from the way the body reacts during orgasm. The surprise and intense reaction can be an added element of excitement.
However, unlike an orgasm, you can see people sneezing anywhere, and at any time. Some people also associate a person sneezing with a person in poor health. This can trigger a nurturing response. Being needed as a caretaker can be arousing for some people.
Most experts admit they aren’t sure what causes a person to develop a sneezing fetish. However, Howard Ruppel of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality believes the similarity between the build-up and release of a sneeze and sexual arousal and climax may explain why these fetishes develop.
Others dismiss this theory, stating that developing any fetish, including a sneeze fetish, is a unique process for every individual. We do know that people may develop their fetishes in childhood in response to something they’ve experienced. For example, someone may develop a sneeze fetish after hearing someone sneeze while they’re masturbating during a formative time in their lives.
A sneezing fetish may be called a sneeze fetish.