You will better understand why you should not pick your nose.

Let’s be honest: most of us pick our noses from time to time. But, depending on how you pick your nose and how often you do it, you could be hurting yourself — in some cases, causing significant damage.

All it takes is a scratch on your nose to cause severe bleeding. When the nails are long or a little rough, the mucous membrane can be scratched and scabs can form, thus allowing an accumulation of bacteria present on the skin of the nose.

Where do boogers come from?

Boogers are made up of mucus, dust, and other particles that we inhale throughout the day. The mucus retains these foreign particles and, as it hardens, it forms a booger. Boogers can vary in size and hardness, and some people seem to produce more than others. Although it’s unpleasant to think about, boogers actually serve an important function. By trapping harmful particles, they help protect our lungs and keep us healthy.

How do viruses enter your body?

The nose is one of the three main ways viruses enter the body, the other two being the mouth and the eyes. Many protective devices protect the nose against pathogens, in particular the hairs arranged on the anterior part of the nostrils in order to retain the passage of large particles and the mucous membrane.

If a crust appears there, the temptation is great to want to scratch it, thus introducing new bacteria into the nose and removing more mucous membrane (the lining of the internal nasal cavity).

Indeed, as you remove a scab, part of the nasal mucosa disappears. In a few rare cases, the perforation of the nasal septum may develop over time.

Have you ever eaten boogers?

There’s no denying that eating boogers can be gross. But what is its impact on your health? Some people believe that eating boogers can boost their immunity because they contain bacteria and other helpful microbes. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this assertion.

In fact, it could even lead to an increase in infections, as boogers may contain dangerous bacteria or viruses. It should also be noted that consuming boogers can lead to gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach and diarrhea. Even if you don’t risk catching a cold by eating boogers, we don’t recommend it.

How to end the nose pinching cycle?

Picking your nose is a practice that should be avoided. But habits are hard to let go. Nose scratching, like nail biting, skin scratching, lip biting and hair pulling, is considered by mental health professionals to be “body-focused repetitive behavior”. “. These are “gestures directed at one’s own body and often aimed at grooming or removing body parts,” according to Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University in California and director of the clinic. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from this university.

These bad habits are likely to lead to clinical pathology if they cause significant damage or harm to a person’s personal or professional life. However, for many of us, these are just bad habits, not troubles.

Many people who habitually pick their nose do so because their nose is simply too dry. The fact of cleaning yourself frequently does not solve the concern of dryness.

These people can usually improve their condition by moisturizing their nose. Nasal sprays are sometimes effective.

Those with septal deviations, passing air through only one nostril, might benefit from surgery. Finally, frequent nosebleeds and/or nasal infections can be signs of other problems.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information given can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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