Come on, admit that you do.
As scientists who have researched environmental pollutants — in our homes, workplaces, and gardens — we have a pretty good idea of what you’re really dealing with when you run a finger smugly over your nose.
Here’s what you need to know before taking any action.
What’s in a booger?
Cells in the nasal passages, called goblet cells (so named because of their cup-shaped appearance), produce mucus to trapthey and dust that contains hazardous materials such as I’ and the .
You end up swallowing dust, germs, and allergens that were captured in the mucus as it drains into your throat.
This is not usually a problem, but it may exacerbate environmental exposure to certain pollutants.
Thus, you risk exacerbating toxic environmental exposures if you sniff or eat the bugger instead of expelling it.
What does science say about the dangers of booger hunting?
” Nasal cleaning is associated with nasal pregnancy of Staphylococcus aureus. Its role in the nasal translocation may be a limiting factor in some cases. Overcoming the sticking habit in the nose could facilitate strategies for decolonization of S. aureus. »
Sucking your nose may also be associated with an increased risk of transferring Staphylococcus aureus to wounds, where it poses a more serious risk.
” TheThe increasing use of antibiotics requires health care providers to evaluate their patients’ nose-holding habits and educate them about effective ways to prevent this practice. »
Putting a finger on your nose is a great way to push germs into your body or spread them around your environment with your suspiciously clean finger.
In other words, inserting a finger in your nose is a great way to pushin your body, or spread it around your environment with your questionable clean finger.
Well done. And now?
Some eat it (the technical term is , which means “feed on mucus”). Besides the fact that eating boogers is disgusting, it’s like swallowing all those germs in mucus, Toxins and those environmental pollutants that we talked about above.
Others scan it over the closest thing, a small gift that someone else will discover later. Disgusting…and it’s a great way to spread germs.
Some of the healthiest and most respectful people use a tissue to collect everything, then throw it in the trash or down the toilet.
This is perhaps one of the least bad options, if you have to pick your nose at all costs. Just be sure to wash your hands well after blowing your nose or piercing your nose, because until the mucus dries completely, infectious viruses can persist. .
No advice in the world will stop you from continuing your quest
in secret, inOr on napkins, we all do. And to be honest, it’s really satisfying.
But let’s pay tribute to the tireless work of our wonderful noses, mucus, and sinus cavities, and these amazing biological adaptations. And let’s not forget that they are trying to protect us.
Your nose works overtime to keep you healthy, so don’t make it any harder by sticking your dirty fingers into it. Don’t play spoiler. Blow softly, discard the tissue carefully, and wash your hands immediately afterward.
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