Is nose-picking unhealthy?

Eliza Parker
Eliza Parker on behalf of MDLIVE
Nose picking is something that all children love to do! Removing something that is lodged in the nose seems like a very natural response to an irritating problem, and it is. The only problem is nose picking, if done frequently, and with too much vigor, can cause its own problems. Removing mucus (boogers) that are dried on the inside surface of the nose can pull off the superficial layer of skin when they are picked out. This can expose a tiny blood vessel leading to a bloody nose or this exposed area can be used by a nearby bacteria or virus to enter the nose tissue or bloodstream causing infection.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When you pick your nose you traumatize the opening of the airway that allows bacteria and viruses to enter.


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