Picking your nose first and foremost, in a social situation, is pretty gross — most will agree. Secondly, it is unhygienic and could be dangerous. So do not pick your nose, and reach for a tissue instead.
Seven reasons to quit the habit of picking your nose
1. Picking your nose is potentially dangerous for your health. If you have a virus, fungus, or bacteria on your finger and you pick your nose, the pathogens have found an easy way to enter your body.
2. Picking your nose may also lead to pimples in your nose-hair follicles (folliculitis).
3. If a small pimple in your nose were to develop into a boil inside your nose, the infection could travel up into your brain via your bloodstream.
4. Picking your nose may tear the fragile skin within your nose, leading to nose bleeds. People with repeat nose bleeds know that it may take months for this skin to heal.
5. If you already have a cold and your sinus is blocked and then you pick your nose, you are at risk of developing sinusitis. This is because you are introducing millions of bacteria under your fingernail into your nose. From here, they may travel up your nose to your sinus cavity. Unable to properly drain, the bacteria will multiply — leading to a sinus infection.
6. If you pick your nose regularly, your nose becomes a hub or breeding ground for germs. After you pick, if you or the other guy don’t wash, you are spreading or receiving these germs via your hands, including potentially the COVID-19 virus!
7. If others catch you in the act, they will feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, and a little squeamish.
Your nose may need some love, rest, and recovery
If your nose feels constantly stuffy and has crusty material within or around your nostrils, use a tissue — instead of your finger — for a time and see if this relieves the need to pick. If a crusty or mucusy nose persists, see a doctor, as there may be other health reasons behind this — such as allergies.
It’s a bad habit that no one wants to see
Bottom line, we all need to do maintenance sometimes — grab a tissue and stay healthy!