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The inability to smell skunk

can anybody else not smell skunk? I can smell everything else, but not skunk. I have read online about the inability to smell things in general, but i can't find anything about JUST the smell of skunk. I haven't had any head injuries, accidents or other trama.  Just can't smell it! Wouldn't be bad except I have a cat and dog, and skunks in the neighborhood. If they get sprayed, I wouldn't know it and let my pets in the house stinking until someone in my family gets home.  Anyone else like me out there?

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I don't know anyone with this problem but just like some people can't smell other smells you can't smell a skunk's odor. The logic is that your sense of smell doesn't pick up onto the chemical structure of the molecules that form the skunk's odor. This is the same process that other people go through regarding other odors.

I cannot smell skunk's odor either.  I think the answer from Galen makes sense.

Strangely enough, my grandson, Aaron, has the same 'problem.'  My kids and other 11 grandchildren have no problem detecting the skunk odor.

I previously answered, but gave the wrong grandchild :(

 

I can't smell skunks either! I was dog sitting my moms dog the other day and he got sprayed and I let him the house for two days and he slept on her bed.  Oops.  I had no idea until she got back from out of town and asked me about it.  Luckily she's known that I can't smell them.  My friends dad is a biology professor who specializes in the olfactory system and he said that I may be "odor blind", like being color blind, and don't have the necessary genes for certain odor receptors.  He suggested trying to smell garlic and sulfur because they're similar.  But I know I can smell garlic, and I'm pretty sure I can smell garlic.  It's so bizarre! But like you, I've never smelled one.

Ha ha, welcome to the club!

I was wondering if you have gotten an answer to your question.  I just decided the other day to look this up because my family thinks this is the oddest thing they have ever seen or heard of.  I cannot smell skunk either.  I had a brother in law buy some of the sent and put it under my nose and nothing, everyone else was just dying to get away from the smell.  So if you would write to me with any information you have gotten I would love it....

Barb Hurd

hurdya3@yahoo.com

If you would title email

     SKUNK

I cant smell skunk either!! Is there something wrong with me? People have been mortified by skunk odor around me  my whole life, and I have NEVER been able to detect a skunk!

My husband and three of his brothers can not smell skunk.  That's 4 out of 6 kids.  Seem like proof that it's genetic!  I have three boys of my own.  The first two smell skunk, the third is too young to tell yet, but I'm very curious.

My husband and three of his brothers can not smell skunk.  That's 4 out of 6 kids.  Seem like proof that it's genetic!  I have three boys of my own.  The first two smell skunk, the third is too young to tell yet, but I'm very curious.

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