Get the latest from TODAY

You have signed up for our newsletter.

You’ll get the best of TODAY delivered to your inbox.

Sign up for our newsletter.

Stop plucking your nose hairs! Dr. Oz weighs in on common health habits

by TODAY /  / Updated 

Get the latest from TODAY

Sign up for our newsletter

Is it really a bad idea to peel a sunburn or pluck a nose hair? Dr. Mehmet Oz reveals the consequences of four common habits, which he writes about in his magazine "Dr. Oz The Good Life." 

What happens when you: 

Go to bed without brushing your teeth:

If you do it just once in awhile, it's not a big deal. The bigger problem is, at night your mouth gets dry, and when it's dry the bacteria love that. They love the dark, moist environment — they grow. If you're going to skip brushing, skip it in the morning. 

Your breath won't be too pleasant, but at least you won't be rotting your teeth. 

Peel off a sunburn

After a little bit of sunburn, the skin starts to peel like a croissant. There's a very beneficial reason for the skin peeling, it protects the skin beneath it. When you peel, you can scar your skin beneath it. Wear sunblock, of course. But if you're burned, take aloe and put it over the skin that is beginning to crack and crumble and peel. That way, you'll protect that young skin and won't be tempted to peel. 

Pluck a nose hair

Folks love to go into their noses. But I tell people about the "triangle of death" —the triangle between your nose and mouth. If you go in there and pull that hair out, you get a little blood lost in there. Blood allows the bacteria in your nose to grow in there. Since veins in the facial area lack protective valves, the bacteria could theoretically enter your bloodstream and lead to infections elsewhere in the body. Don't ever pluck nose hairs. 

If you have a grandpa-like hair coming out of your nostrils, snip it with curve-tipped scissors, with no sharp edges, or a grooming device. Do not pull the hair. 

Drink a glass of wine on antibiotics

If you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, the pills will still fight off the bacteria making you sick. But mixing the meds with alcohol can cause more side effects, such as nausea and dizziness. Some antibiotics, including Bactrim, Flagyl and Tindamaz, are known to have particularly severe effects when mixed with booze. Best to stick to sparkling cider until you are well.

Get the latest from TODAY

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the latest from TODAY

Sign up for our newsletter

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend to a friend or colleague?

Very unlikely
Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Leave your email if you’d like us to respond. (Optional)

Please enter a valid email address

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making a better place.