Why do we have boogers? Pablo R. Carrizales 3/5/08 Report The reason we have boogers is because they help stop diseases from entering your body. That’s why they are sticky to catch the diseases that try to get into the body system, If we didn’t have boogers our body wouldn’t be able to fight off infections as easily as it should. To understand what a booger is you have to know about mucus. Mucus is the sticky slimy stuff that’s made inside your nose. If you’re like other kids you have another name for mucus: snot. Your nose and sinuses make about a quart of snot every day. Mucus has a pretty important job, it protects the lungs. When you breathe in air through your nose, your nose contains lots of tiny things like, dust, pollen, dirt, germs. If all these things made there way to the lungs, they could get infected, and irritated which would make it really hard to breath. Luckily, snot is the stuff keeping it in the nose and out of the lungs. After this stuff gets stuck inside the nose, the mucus surrounds it and some of the tiny hairs inside the nose called cilia. These hairs help move the mucus toward the front of the nose or the back of the throat. When the mucus, dirt dry and clump together, you’re left with a booger. Boogers can be squishy and slimy or tough and crumbly. Everybody gets them, so there not a big deal. In fact boogers are a sign that your nose is working the way it should be. If you have to get rid of some boogers, the best way is to blow them out of your nose and into a tissue. Picking your nose isn’t such a good idea because boogers contain lots of germs, and picking can make your nose to bleed.