The condition appears to be genetically determined, and caused by the presence in the nose of erectile tissue which may become engorged during sexual arousal as a side effect of the signals from the autonomic nervous system that trigger changes in the genitals of both men and women.
A related (but very rare) condition also exists where people sneeze, sometimes uncontrollably, when engaging in or even thinking about sexual activity.
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