During the pandemic, we have been advised not to touch our faces without first washing our hands. Why is that? Can we really get sick from touching our face? What about picking our nose? It turns out, almost everyone picks their nose!
Nose picking is especially common among people with dry noses, allergies, colds, or sinus congestion. With nose picking, comes an increased risk of infection. Picking your nose can create micro tears or scratches on the mucous membranes which creates an easy way for microorganisms to enter and cause an infection.
As many as 30% of humans are permanently colonized with a bacteria called Staph aureus in their nose; even more frequently in people with diabetes, obesity, and HIV. Besides getting a “Staph” infection, we should also avoid picking our nose because of the Coronavirus! I know it sounds crazy!
Here are some tips to help you stop picking your nose! (#ad)
Saline spray: Dryness is a common cause of nose picking. As mucus dries, it can be come crusty and irritating. Prevent dryness by using an inexpensive saline nasal spray such as Deep Sea Ocean Nasal Moisturizing Spray.
Saline rinse: To flush out your nose and sinus cavities, you could use the very popular NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit. It’s a little tricky to master the technique at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can successfully dislodge mucus from your sinus passages.
Humidifier: Just adding vaporized water to the air can moisturize your nasal passage. A humidifer like the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier will also help prevent nosebleeds that are caused by dryness. (Dried blood is also an impetus for nose picking).
Bandaid: The simple act of applying a bandage to your finger tip will keep your finger out of your nose. Not only does it serve as a reminder not to touch your nose and face, but you just can’t fit your finger in your nostril with the band aid on. It could be any band aid but these Clear Band Aids are not too intrusive and still do the job.
Tissues: Simply having tissues nearby may be all you need to keep your fingers out of your nose. Throw these Kleenex On-The-Go Travel Packs in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment and you’re good to go!
Doctor Visit: Maybe you have allergies, a sinus infection, nosebleeds, or even a foreign object stuck in your nose. You might want to see your doctor to get that checked out.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently, use hand sanitizer, and of course, wearing a mask will also keep your fingers our of your nose!