Are you a booger picker? Is nose picking a vice? What happens if you over oo much? Does it make them larger? Yes. It can be disgusting but read on to get responses from various people including victims, doctors, and experts.
What is nose picking? A widely conceived meaning is the action of inserting your finger in the nostrils to remove a boogie or clear it.
- This is not a vice but may be considered as such by some people or in certain situations
- It can become a habit when triggered or done repeatedly
- It cannot cause brain tumors
- Individuals who have a behavioral disorder can obsessively pick their noses
- The nose is one of the organs that keeps on growing so picking it does not make it larger.
Can nose picking cause infection
What happens if you pick your nose too much?
Infection can occur after you engage in constant nose picking. Research clearly indicates that in every three people, at least one of them has Staphylococcus aureus in their nostrils. An example of staph infection linked to nasal picking is nasal vestibulitis.
This is a bacterial infection of the nasal vestibular skin. It is one of the secondary infection that results from injury, irritation or harmful foreign substances such as dust. Notably, an injury is caused by scratching while you are picking your nose. You are also likely to develop this infection if you smoke or have a perforated septum.
There are two types this infection. Namely, acute and chronic nasal vestibulitis.
Symptoms of acute nasal vestibulitis are mainly reddened vestibular erosion skin that appears swollen. The chronic stage is characterized by “dry and pachynsis of nasovestibular skin, often with rhagas or lichenification as well as mycteric dryness and itch.” [www.medigoo.com]
Patients with either type experience a painful burning sensation and itching nose.
Note: This is a secondary nose infection from this habit.
Primarily nasal vestibulitis is treated by cleaning vestibular skin using hydrogen peroxide preferably by a doctor. Use of antibiotics can also treat this infection. However, your doctor would want to diagnose it or distinguish the types by asking for symptoms.
Is it a disorder
Nose picking is such a disgusting thing. This is not only a habit that will crop up in many people since childhood. It may not only be messy and distasting but a real serious issue.
Have ever watched a girl or boy picking nose or any other person around you? All of a sudden you see them eating! Yuck! You look away in total disgust. “Is this one sick?” And that is almost the immediate string that stretches your mind.
What is the likely problem?
Benefits for the body?
Do you pick your nose and eat of the boogies and mucous? If a scientific theory is anything to go with, individuals who habitually picking and eat the booger or mucous get a stepped up or boosted the immune system by stimulating antibody production.
Away from booger picking and eating. Now, compulsive nose picking behavior described as an irresistible urge to do so is called Rhinotillexomania. People who have this symptom have a psychiatric disorder characterized by impulse control disorder. In particular, Rhinotillexomania is symptomized by excessive picking that causes damage to nasal lining.
Other effects constantly having this habit
Besides infection risks, other harmful effects include:
- Occasional nose bleeding
- Perforation of the nasal septum
- Scabbing and scar formation
NOTE: You cannot get a brain tumor from booger picking. Thus, there is no report of such a case where any victims have died from this habit.
Booger picker tools or kit
Boogie pickers can optionally help in cleaning your nose.
Booger picker for babies
Are booger picker tools safe for use on my baby? Some tools are safe for use to remove crusted dry mucus in your baby’s nose. Since babies cannot blow their noses, you can request ones specifically made for sucking mucous stuck in the nasal passage.
Do you fear your nose may get bigger if you use fingers? Go for adult picker tools. Some of the items in nose picker toolkits include:
- Boogie snatcher
- Booger grabber
- Nose cleaner
Adults can acquire automatic pickers or kits if they want to stop using fingers. Unfortunately, these tools or kits are assurances and guarantee to risks such as bacterial infection.
How to stop this habit
Unless you have a psychiatric disorder associated with compulsive disorders, the habit itself need to be “unlearned” desperately. Here are some of the tips.
- Adopt to strictly cleaning or clearing your nose with a handkerchief – whether you have a cold or not). Have a good number of them. Always keep them clean after every use
- Repeated learning through self-memory. Livestrong.com suggests identifying particular situations then remind yourself of this habit.
- Identify your weaknesses and work towards getting lasting solutions
- Do not ignore if you have a problem with your nostrils that may trigger this problem. If it is an infection that causes itching get treatment yourself or see a doctor
Does picking surround any social story in your own community? Many people indeed have a general subjective feeling to the perception that picking the nose is a widespread habitual thing. Do you know of any other social story on the disgusting picking or perhaps booger eating? Maybe it is rumors. We hope not so, but if you have experienced or are a victim you can share it out.
No one is out to condemn you here. Have your say!
- Ronald D. Caruso, Richard G. Sherry, Arthur E. Rosenbaum, (et al). Self-induced Ethmoidectomy from Rhinotillexomania.