Doctor Explains Why Picking Your Nose Can Be Really Dangerous

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Turns out that your mum was right to scold you for picking your nose as a kid, it’s actually surprisingly dangerous. 

According to The Mirror, mining for nose gold can be potentially hazardous for your health, and we’re not talking about spearing your brain with an untrimmed nail.

Dr Erich Voigt, an NYU otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) has said that picking nose fruit can introduce germs into your nose, like Staphylococcus aureus – a bacteria that can cause skin infections such as abscesses and respiratory infections such as sinusitis.


This coupled with your nail cutting the nose encourages nasty germs to gather in your nose and causes a crust to build up, making you pick your nose more.

This can introduce other germs into your body causing a cycle of nasal distress.

Doctor Voigt also explained the dangers of children picking their noses saying: “Children are notorious for picking their nose, and they give themselves nose bleeds.”

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He went on to say that the blood supply to the nose is very vigorous – there are five arteries that lead to the front of the nose, so when you cut it there can be vigorous bleeding.

There are no official stats on how many of us actually pick our nose but we’re going to guesstimate that everyone on the planet does, so this latest news probably affects every single one of us…