Nose-picking  

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Nose-picking (rhinotillexomania when compulsive) is the act of extracting dried nasal mucus and/or foreign bodies from the nose with a finger. A very common habit, nose-picking can or may be used as a body-focused repetitive behavior or obsessive compulsive disorder, which can become a medical issue. The accepted medical terminology for this stage of nose-picking is rhinotillexomania. Most cases do not meet this pathological threshold.

Despite being such a common habit, it is a mildly taboo activity in most cultures, and the observation of the activity in another person commonly provokes mixed feelings of disgust and amusement.





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