Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

We pick our nose because we are bored or nervous, or because we have allergies, or for some, it becomes a habit. Whether you want to admit it or not, most of us have picked our noses at least once.

Fortunately, most of us also know that this habit is an indecent thing to do in public, so we don’t have to look at people picking their noses everywhere! However, that is not the only bad thing about this habit, it can actually be harmful to us.

We are a stickler for good manners, but we’d also like to draw your attention to an even more important reason why we should stop picking our noses.

It Can Cause Infection

Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

Nails, especially if they are longer or rougher when you pick your nose, can cut into the tissue in your nose, which can lead to bacteria buildup and cause infections.

According to this study, people who bump or rub their noses are at risk of spreading the bacteria that cause pneumonia. It spreads regardless of whether it is dry or wet, and good hand hygiene is crucial if we want to protect ourselves and others.

It Can Damage The Nasal Cavity

Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

If you clean your nose too often and for long periods, there is a risk of damaging the nasal tissue.

This study found that people who pick their nose a lot can suffer from inflammation and swelling of the nasal tissue, which can eventually narrow the openings of the nostrils.

It Can Lead To Illnesses

Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

The mucus in your nose picks up all kinds of bacteria and viruses that you inhale and when you move your nose they get dirty on your hands.

Putting all these germs on your hands leads to the spread of bacteria from the nose and hands to the surfaces of the environment.

According to this study, nose picks can spread the bacteria that cause pneumonia.

It Can Cause Sores

Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

Picking your nose can cause nasal vestibulitis, which can develop painful scabs. Not only that but when you pick your nose, you can pull hair out of the follicles and tiny pimples can form on them.

It Can Cause Septum Damage

Why Picking Your Nose Is Not Only Indecent But Can Also Be Harmful

The septum is the barrier between the 2 nostrils, dividing them. Frequent picking of the nose can damage the septum and even cause a hole, also known as a perforated septum.

Have you developed the habit of picking your nose? If so, how did you get over it? What advice would you give to people who may still have this habit?

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