As children, many of us had questionable unhygienic habits. Some of us thought it would be a great idea to bite our fingernails, or to sweep our runny noses on our sleeves, or play in the sand for hours with our bare hands. But only the crudest among us has surrendered to that really gruesome act: eating our own bowers.
Now I’m usually not someone who judges children too hard, but when I see a child falling down on some nuggets, I will not hesitate for a second to say that they are in reality a divine level of nasty things. . And if I have ever witnessed an adult doing it, I might be able to give vomit on the spot right away.
Even those who engage themselves in this behavior must realize that it is at least a bit disgusting; how could they not? What they may not realize is that the chewing on your own bowers is accompanied by serious health risks.
To understand why eating the contents of your nose is bad for you, you really only need to know what boogers actually are.
In elemental terms are the germs. They are formed by mucus that is loaded with all the pathogens that you have inhaled all day long – pathogens that your body wants to prevent from getting into the rest of your body. The mucus itself is not harmful, but everything else that is in it is.
By eating that delicious slime ball, you basically consume all the bacteria that your body has worked very hard to keep out.
In addition, a 2006 study found that those who choose their nose are more likely to carry Staphylococcus aureus (usually simply called “staph”). “Nosepicking is associated with nasal spray of S. aureus,” the study said. “In some cases, the role of nose picking in nose carriers can sometimes be causal, and overcoming the habit of picking up the nose can support S. aureus decolonization strategies.”
The staph bacteria can hide under your fingernails, which means that – when you dig deep into your nasal cavity – you can transfer it to a more vulnerable part of your body. If a staph infection develops, you can develop severe abscesses or pus-filled cavities in your nose and on your face. In some of the worst cases, people have punctured their septums or worn holes in their sinuses, exposing themselves to potentially life-threatening bacteria.
Strangely enough, however, some scientists have suggested that eating boogers can actually stimulate the immune system because it allows the body to repel small amounts of bacteria that they would otherwise never encounter. However, this is only a theory and has yet to be proven.
In general, picking and eating your boogers does not seem to be worth the risk of a bacterial infection – especially not one that could become deadly (in extreme cases). Instead, you should make the habit of blowing your nose on the regular nose.
Oh, and while we give incredibly clear health advice: remember to wash your hands regularly, floss after brushing and do not eat yellow snow. It’s not difficult.