Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

The eyes, ears, nose and throat are interconnected organs that are vital parts of several body systems. Discover how these organs work as well as conditions that can affect them.

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Is there a health benefit to picking your nose?

They say there are two types of people who pick their nose – those who do and those who lie about doing it. Would you be more prone to admit it if you found out it might be good for you? Let's see if it is.

Why do we have boogers?

Your mom always told you not to pick them, but you really have no idea why. So what's up with the nasty, snotty invaders camping out in your nose?

Can pressing your upper lip stifle a sneeze?

The urge to sneeze can come upon you at the worst times — say during a funeral — but luckily there are ways to suppress it.

Is it dangerous to stifle a sneeze?

Sneezing at the wrong moment can be downright dangerous — they've even been blamed for car accidents. But could stifling a sneeze be just as bad?

What happens if you eat boogers?

Picking your nose isn't something we do in public. And chowing down on what we find in there isn't just frowned upon -- it's pretty gross. But what happens if you do eat your own boogers? Is it dangerous? Or can it actually be good for you?

What happens when you blow your nose?

When you have a cold or allergies, your life revolves around tissues. Your nose feels like a nonstop spigot of mucus (not your best look, by the way). Why do you constantly have to blow your nose -- and what's going on in your schnozz when you do?

Why does tickling the roof of your mouth with your tongue stifle a sneeze?

You're trapped in a quiet place and you feel a sneeze coming on. You try desperately to remember how to stop a sneeze, but it's too late -- ACHOO! Next time, try tickling the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Really!

Why do kids eat boogers?

Kids are pretty cute, right? Maybe not so much if you've ever watched one pick his nose and eat a booger — that chubby finger emerging with a treasure, quickly inspected and (ewww) shoved right into his mouth. Why do they do this?

Is sitting too close to the TV really bad for your eyes?

Are you getting too up close and personal with your TV? Your eyes might think so.

Are There Really Arachnids Living In My Eyelashes?

If someone told you that oodles of arachnids are jumping (and mating) all over your eyelashes, you might be inclined to laugh it off. That sounds more like a scene from a horror movie than a scientific reality, right? Right?

What are eye boogers made of?

You probably don't give much thought to eye boogers, except maybe when you wipe them away. But you're about to learn a lot more about them (and while you're reading, you'll probably check your eyes for crud a few times).

Do People with Bigger Ears Hear Better?

The Big Bad Wolf told Little Red Riding Hood that his enormous ears made him hear better, but is that really true? Find out if size really does matter when it comes to ears and hearing.

10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

Contact lenses have been correcting vision for more than a century, but lenses today can make you look like a cat, monitor your blood sugar and maybe even make you a better athlete.

The Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Are aviators or wayfarer sunglasses the best for your face? Whether you have a round- or square-shaped face, find the best frames for you!

What causes tone deafness?

As you watch someone happily murder every song he belts out at the karaoke bar, you have to wonder whether it's caused by the growing bar tab, a total lack of embarrassment or simple tone deafness. Why do some of us hear music so differently?

Is too much TV really bad for your eyes?

When you can't take your eyes of the boob tube for one entire Saturday afternoon, are you doing them irreversible damage? Your parents probably told you so, when you were a kid. Were they right?

Are carrots really good for your eyesight?

It's another one of those things your parents told you to persuade you to eat vegetables. But besides turning orange, if you ate a bunch of carrots, would you develop superhuman vision?

Does reading in dim light really hurt your eyes?

When bedtime comes far too early, a child may be tempted to read under their covers by flashlight. Parents say the habit will ruin your eyes -- but is this old admonition true or false?

Glaucoma Overview

For those of us who depend so heavily on our sense of sight, the idea of losing it is scary. Even scarier? The prospect of losing it without warning due to a silent thief called glaucoma.

Why does it take my eyes several minutes to adjust to darkness?

At night, your eyes adjust to darkness after several minutes. Do you know why it takes that long? Take a look at how your eyes adjust to darkness.

What if I crossed my eyes for 10 minutes?

"Don't cross your eyes -- they'll stick that way!" That's something most of us have heard from our mothers at one time or another. Can your eyes really get stuck?

Why do loud noises cause your ears to ring?

Back away from that speaker, turn down your music, and put down that power tool unless you want the ringing in your ears to be permanent. Sound can hurt you, and that ringing may be the first sign.

Why do we have eyebrows?

Eyebrows add expression to your face, and are often waxed and plucked in the name of beauty. But why do we have them in the first place, and what would happen if they went away?

How Colorblindness Works

Roses are red, violets are blue -- well, bluish. The sky is blue, too. Grass is green. These are things that most of us know for a fact and don't question. But what if you were colorblind? What would you see? Is life one long black-and-white movie?

How Refractive Vision Problems Work

Millions of people have refractive vision problems -- when the eyes get blurry or can't focus on an object. Learn about four major types of refractive vision problems.


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