We all do it from time to time. One minute we feel an itch or an itch, and the next we’re picking our nose. But have you ever thought about how dangerous this can be? Read on to find out why you should think twice about picking your nose…
Dangerous and even multi-drug resistant bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus can enter your body. These germs live in your sinuses, and you “feed” them every time you stick your finger up your nose.
Another complication: The walls of your nose become irritated and can become chronically infected. Picking your nose can traumatize the sensitive mucosa and cause bleeding.
Scabs form and you feel like scratching even harder. This is how viruses, bacteria and fungi from under your fingernails get into your bloodstream and cause illness.
Nosebleeds can be very serious because there are five arteries in the lower part of the nose! It can take several weeks for the sensitive nasal lining to heal normally.
Who knew that such a harmless habit could be so bad for our health? So the next time you feel like chasing boogers, you’d better grab a tissue and blow your nose.