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Picking Your Nose Is Dangerous As Well As Gross, Apparently

Picking Your Nose Is Dangerous As Well As Gross, Apparently

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There are two types of people in this world; people who pick their nose, and people who lie about it. It's the same with weeing in the shower - I lie about it.

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According to otolaryngologist Dr Erich Voigt, picking your nose isn't just a disgusting habit, it's actually dangerous.


Speaking on a Business Insider video, Dr Voigt explains how introducing germs into your nose such a Staphylococcus aureus ('a germ that can live in the front of the nose'), mixed with picking, can cause problems.

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"By picking your nose, it causes little abrasions, some blood comes out and it's food for the germs," Dr Voigt says.

As a result, these abrasions "bleed, promoting germs, increasing the crust and irritation by picking your nose."

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Depending how clean your hands are, this could introduce some seriously nasty bacteria in your body.

Dr Voigt adds how bad it can be for children, saying: "Children are notorious for picking their nose, and they give themselves nose bleeds.

"The blood supply to the front of the nose is very vigorous - there are five arteries that lead to the front of the nose.

"When an abrasion occurs there can be vigorous bleeding, so children induce a lot of nosebleeds that way."

Joachim Low must be in serious trouble.

Credit: Sky

Who would have thought that one finger could do so much damage?

Topics: Science, nose, Health

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