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Why do some people pick noses? Isnt that unsanitary and gross?

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Dr. Lucas Bryant
Facial Plastic Surgery
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In brief: Depends

More likely to be unsanitary for the nose picker. Placing dirty fingers into your nose can colonize yourself with bad bacteria such as MRSA.
Whether or not it is "gross" is cultural and a personal preference. The setting matters too!!

In brief: Depends

More likely to be unsanitary for the nose picker. Placing dirty fingers into your nose can colonize yourself with bad bacteria such as MRSA.
Whether or not it is "gross" is cultural and a personal preference. The setting matters too!!
Dr. Lucas Bryant
Dr. Lucas Bryant
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Habit

Picking ones nose is very acceptable in most asian cultures.
For some western people picking the nose is a habit. For others from western culture it may be a way of satisfying the need to do something taboo without any moral infractions.

In brief: Habit

Picking ones nose is very acceptable in most asian cultures.
For some western people picking the nose is a habit. For others from western culture it may be a way of satisfying the need to do something taboo without any moral infractions.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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