In a study, it was revealed that 90% of the US population admitted to having picked their nose regularly. The numbers are startling for sure. It is common to confuse children for eating nose boogers more than adults. But recent statistics have stated otherwise!
There is no one straight forward explanation to as to why people would munch on their nose boogers. Some do it as an impulsive habit whereas others had no one to tell them the consequences of doing so. Let us consider the latter reason for the time being.
If you have not been told the side effects of picking your nose, then now is the time to enlighten yourself. Research studies have suggested that when boogers go inside the body, they have the potential to cause serious health complications. While more research is being carried out on this explanation but it is believed that such a habit can make a person more prone to infections.
Before we dwell ourselves in the discussion it is important to know what nose boogers really are. Meaning by what they are made of and why they are present in our nose?
What are boogers?
Like with the case with every other body part, our nose also has a natural defense mechanism. Boogers are thereby part of this defensive system that protects us from harmful germs. They are mostly composed of water coupled with a gel-like texture. On a closer look, you find that they are made up of a different kind of protein. Anyhow, their importance in the whole defense mechanism cannot be underscored.
Whenever we inhale in air, we are not just taking in gases. Along with it, come various forms of bacteria, virus and dirt. These harmful particles get trapped by the boogers not allowing them to travel deep in the body.
That is something the body does naturally and is able to ward off any complication that might occur as a result. In normal circumstances, the boogers will tend to solidify with time making you feel uncomfortable. Perhaps, the time when you want to get rid of them. Luckily enough, you will sneeze them off without inflicting any damage.
But what happens when you decide to EAT them instead?
Why can eating boogers be harmful?
Firstly, it is important to disregard the fact that boogers can be in any way healthy for you. They are not. They do not strengthen your immune system or beneficial for you in any way.
Instead, when you eat them, you are essentially putting your body at great risk of infection. That occurs because the body is able to digest them subsequently releasing harmful pathogens.
So, what is the best way out?
While one straight forward answer is not to eat them there is something else to consider as well. It is also pertinent on you to not scratch the inside of your nose to get these boogers out. When you do so, you are able to open ways to harmful bacteria that transfer from the fingernails to the nasal surface. Either way, you might also then be putting yourself at risk of severe infections.