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If you pick your nose up, you should probably stop now. That’s how dangerous it is

We all do it from time to time. We feel itchy or scratchy and the next thing we know we’re sticking our fingers in our noses. But has it ever occurred to you that it could be dangerous? Read on to find out why you might want to think twice about pursuing that next booger.

Dangerous and even multidrug resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus can enter your body. These germs live in your sinuses and you “feed” them every time you put your finger in your nose.

Another complication: the walls of the nose are irritated and can become chronically infected. Nasal hair removal can injure the sensitive mucous membrane and cause bleeding.

The scabs build up and make you want to scratch more. This is how viruses, bacteria and fungi under your fingernails enter your bloodstream and make you sick.

Nosebleeds can be very serious because there are five arteries running through the lower part of the nose! The sensitive mucous membrane of the nose can take several weeks to heal properly.

Who would have thought that such a harmless habit could be so harmful to our health? So the next time you feel the urge to go for drugs, it might be best to grab a tissue and blow your nose instead.

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