ZocdocAnswersDo short nose hairs make it easier to catch cold?

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Do short nose hairs make it easier to catch cold?

My husband is super fastidious about grooming himself, and he keeps his nose hair especially very closely trimmed. He also gets colds all the time and I was wondering if there could be a connection. Does over grooming like that make you more susceptible to colds?

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The common cold is a very frequent problem, especially in winter months, and leads to many requests for medical advice. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in greater detail include your husband's primary care doctor. The body has many ways of protecting itself from the entry of the cold virus and other infections. These include the production of mucus by the lining of the nose and throat, which traps the infectious particles and allows them to be swallowed into the stomach. Similarly, nose hairs act to filter and trap dust and other particles from entering the air passages. Trimming the nose hairs might theoretically cut down on the ability of the hairs to do their job. However, in reality, as long as he is just trimming near the opening of the nasal passage, he is unlikely to remove enough of the hairs to have a noticeable effect. More likely is that he will irritate the nasal passage, or cause small cuts. As always the diagnosis and the management of your husband's particular concerns will require a physical examination by his personal physician. Setting up an office visit with his primary care doctor might be indicated.

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