We pick our nose because we’re bored, or nervous, or we have allergies, or for some, it becomes a habit. Whether you want to admit it or not, most of us have picked our nose at least once. Thankfully, 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 nose everywhere we go! However, that’s not the only bad thing about this habit, it can actually be harmful to us.
This site is a stickler for good manners, but we would also like to bring to your attention to an even more important reason why we should stop picking our noses.
1. It can cause infection.
Your fingernails, especially if they are longer or if you are rough with your nose-picking, can cut the tissue in your nose, which can cause bacteria to collect there and cause infections. According to this study, people who pick, poke, or rub their noses risk spreading pneumonia-causing bacteria. It spreads no matter if it is dry or wet, and good hand hygiene is crucial if we want to protect ourselves and others from this.
2. It can damage the nasal cavity.
If you pick your nose very frequently and for long periods of time, you risk damaging your nasal tissue. This study found that people who pick their noses a lot may suffer from inflammation and swelling of the nasal tissue, which could eventually narrow the nostril openings.