11. Licking small wounds and blowing on them
What suffers: the healing process.
What is the first thing you want to do when you cut your finger? Blow on it or lick it? Scientists from Harvard University calculated more than 600 species of microorganisms that live in people’s mouths. Among all these organisms, there are always staphylococci and streptococci. Coagulated blood on the wound is a perfect place for them to live. You should apply special medicine to the wound, otherwise, it will take much longer for it to heal.
What suffers: the vocal cords and larynx.
The research conducted by scientist and ex-vocalist Robert Sataloff showed that most people strain their vocal cords when whispering. This increases the chances of having micro injuries of the larynx. This is especially dangerous for people who have to talk a lot.
What suffers: the anus and overall hygiene.
It’s not only about phones — the same rule goes for newspapers and books. This is because sitting on the toilet for more than 5 minutes increases the pressure in your veins. And the reason why cell phones are especially bad is because we don’t leave them in the bathroom when we’re done. Instead, we take them with us which helps to spread bacteria.
Bonus: Using a cotton swab for nose hygiene
Even though many experts don’t recommend sticking anything into your nose, there are some cases when using a cotton swab is better than using a finger or a solution.
- If you’ve had a rhinoplasty, clearing the mucus out of your nose is only possible with a cotton swab because if you blow your nose, you might cause bleeding, or worse, some damage that will require your surgeon to do all the work again.
- When you need to wash your nose with a solution, you don’t want it to go too deep. In this case, just soak a cotton swab in the solution and cover the inside of your nostrils with it.
Be careful: sticking a cotton swab too far up your nose can result in an injury, so whenever you can, leave this work to a professional.
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Illustrated by Leisan Gabidullina