Booger Facts

Booger Facts

  1. 70 out of 100 people admit to picking their boogers. Gross! Out of those 7 people, 3 people admit to eating their boogers. Grosser!
  2. Eating boogers isn't necessarily bad for you because it can strengthen your immune system. However, using your finger that has germs and bacteria on it to retrieve the booger is not healthy. All the icky stuff on your fingers is going inside your nose. It is also not healthy to later put that finger in your mouth.
  3. Boogers are gross, but having them is actually a good thing. It means your nose is working correctly. Mucus (AKA: snot) traps tiny particles that you breathe in through your nose and prevents them from getting to your lungs. These tiny particles could include dust, pollen, dirt, smoke, germs, and sand. Once these particles mix with mucus and clump up or dry out, you've got yourself a booger! Basically, a booger is the trappings of all of the nasty stuff you breathe in.
  4. Boogers come in all kinds of textures, colors, and sizes. They can be green, squishy, and blobby. They can be brown, dry, and crumbly.
  5. It is also possible to get boogers in your eye. That's right, eye boogers! Sometimes in the morning, you might wake up with some build up (made of mucus, dust, tear, and dead skin cells) in the corners of your eyes. Some people call this "sleep" or "crusties", but the medical term is rheum. As with your nose boogers, eye boogers can also vary in texture, color, and size. If you have allergies or an eye infection, you could have more eye boogers.
  6. Humans aren't the only mammals with eye boogers. It is common for other animals, such as dogs, to get eye boogers.