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What is a booger and where does it come from?

What are boogers? Why do we get them?

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Boogers may be a gross or funny (depending on your perspective) subject to talk about, but they play an important part in maintaining the health of the human body. Who knows, a booger may have even saved your life without you even knowing it. We should all give a big round of applause for those icky, sticky, yellow/green things in our nose. They have done us all a great service.

To understand more about boogers we first have to know about mucus. We all know mucus by its more common name Ė snot. Snot is the mother of boogers since they are nothing more than dried and dirty mucus. Mucus is naturally produced by the body and it lines the nasal cavity and windpipe into the lungs. The purpose of mucus is to capture small particles in the air before they can reach our sensitive lungs. Without mucus, our lungs would clog up with all sorts of small debris and dirt and leave them open to infections by bacteria and other nasties lurking on those small particles. Mucus traps all that bad stuff until it is either swallowed or cleaned out through the nose. When enough dirt and grime gets caught by the mucus, it is moved around by little hairs in the nasal cavity called cilia. The hairs push the snot and boogers either out the nose or down the throat. The preferred method, of course, is out of the nose. Blowing your nose into a tissue will get all the dirty mucus and bacteria out of your body for good.

I canít recommend this last bit, but just as a side note, one doctor in Austria says that eating boogers may be beneficial and help our immune system. This has yet to be scientifically proven but another account by Stefan Gates, author of Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, Foolhardy, and the Brave, says that our bodies are built for consuming snot and a full 44 percent of adults, in a poll, admit to eating boogers.

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