Picking Your Nose

Ever had your hand up your nose when polite company is around, whether in your own home or in an office context, chances are you will have people turning away from you or looking at you with a funny look on their face. Picking your nose is something that most people agree is a very bad habit.

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Still once in a while we find our hands sneaking up to our noses to be complicit in the very act. Most people would never be caught dead doing it in public but in private the habit of picking your nose is even harder to shake.

Scientists have come up with yet another reason to encourage people to stop themselves and their young ones from picking their nose. A doctor, Dr. Erich Voigt, shows that picking your nose is not only disgusting, it can also be potentially dangerous.

Picking Your Nose

In a video made for Business Insider, Dr. Voigt explained how introducing germs into your nose such as Staphylococcus aureus (a germ which can live in the front of the nose), combined with the actual picking can cause abrasions inside your nose.

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The abrasions, of course, make it easier for one to unknowingly introduce some other germs into their body. Barring that, however, Dr. Voigt states that;

“The blood supply to the nose is very vigorous – there are five arteries that lead to the front of the nose (kiesselbach’s plexus)…When an abrasion occurs there can be vigorous bleeding, children induce a lot of nosebleeds that way.”

Many people will be quick to point out that they have never induced any nosebleeds by digging away at their nose and while that may be true and you could live your entire life without any repercussions from ‘nose-picking’, if the habit bothers you on a personal level, this is a really good argument to use to make your case.