We all do it from time to time. We feel an itch or scratch, and the next thing we know, we’re sticking our fingers up our nose. But have you ever thought about the fact that it can be dangerous? Read on to find out why you should think twice before you go for your next booger…
Dangerous and even multi-resistant bacteria such as 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 want to scratch even harder. This is how viruses, bacteria, and fungi that are under the fingernails get into the 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 mucosa to heal normally.
Who would have thought that such a harmless habit could be so bad for our health? So the next time you get the urge to go hunting for boogers, better get a tissue and blow your nose.