91 per cent of adults admitted that they regularly pick their nose and eat it – but here’s why that’s a very bad idea.
In 1995, a team of researchers were attempting to find out how common nose picking was among adults.
They randomly selected a group of people in Dane County, Wisconsin, and discovered that 91% picked their nose regularly, and 75% thought it was something that everyone does.
In their report, the researchers said: “Conditions once considered bad habits are now recognized as psychiatric disorders (trichotillomania, onychopagia).
“We hypothesized that nose picking is another such “habit,” a common benign practice in most adults but a time-consuming, socially compromising, or physically harmful condition (rhinotillexomania) in some.”
Rhinotillexomania means habitual nose picking and is recognised as a mental health disorder.
So, what are the effects of consistently picking one’s nose?
First off, nose picking can significantly increase your chances of suffering from staph infections, which are caused by bacteria called staphylococcus.
Why? Because staphylococcus bacteria are commonly found in the nose and can cause an infection if they get into the skin.
This can happen via cuts or bites that encounter contaminated booger fingers.
According to the NHS website, the symptoms include blisters. swollen skin, sore eyes, and a painful red lump on the skin.
Another argument for not picking your nose is nasal septum perforation.
This horrible side-effect can happen to obsessive nose pickers, resulting in a hole forming in the cartilage that separates the nostrils.
Now that sounds nasty.
While some of us pick our nose and then flick the booger away, others like to chow down on the slimy green stuff.
In fact, one scientist has even made the barmy claim that mucophagy – the consumption of boogers – is good for you.
The Austrian doctor Freidrich Bischinger gained notoriety for his belief that eating bogies can help to boost your immune system – particularly among children.
He said: “Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. The nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected , and when this mixture arrives in the intestines, it works just like a medicine.”
Let’s be clear though: there is zero scientific evidence to support this theory.
New research suggests that eating your boogers could put you at risk of infection.
According to Insider, your snot acts as a defence line between you and the various different bacteria, viruses and dirt that enter your body when you inhale.
So, if you then eat that snot, you are likely releasing those pathogens into your system.
Next time, just grab a tissue.