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Nose-picking is the act of extracting nasal mucus with one's finger (rhinotillexis) and may include the subsequent ingestion of the extracted mucus (mucophagy). This action is condemned in most cultures, societies try to prevent development of the habit and attempt to break it if already established. Mucophagy is a source of mockery and entertainment in the media. However, some scientists argue that mucophagy provides benefits for the human body. Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian doctor specializing in lungs, advocates using fingers to pick nasal mucus and then ingesting it, stating that people who do so get 'a natural boost to their immune system'. The mucus contains a 'cocktail of antiseptic enzymes that kill or weaken many of the bacteria that become entangled in it', so reintroducing the 'crippled' microorganisms 'may afford the immune system an opportunity to produce antibodies in relative safety'. Prevalence Nose-picking is an extremely widespread habit: some surveys indicate that it is almost universal, with people picking their nose on average about four times a day. A 1995 study of nose-picking, requesting information from 1, 000 randomly selected adults from Wisconsin USA gathered 254 responses. It defined nose-picking as 'the insertion of a finger (or other object) into the nose with the intention of removing dried nasal secretions'. Of those who responded, 91% said they were current nose-pickers (but only 75% of these believed everyone did it), and two respondents claimed to spend between 15 and 30 minutes and between one and two hours a day picking their noses. Mucous membranes in the nasal cavity constantly produce a wet mucus that removes dust and pathogens from the air flowing through the cavity.
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