More than just bumping into you, bumping up or down on skin has long been associated with a plethora of health issues.
Bumps on skin can be painful, irritable and even cause scarring.
But a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests that they may actually be beneficial.
Researchers at the University of Chicago’s College of Dentistry found that people who bumped their noses on a skin surface reported significantly less discomfort than people who didn’t.
They found that bumping caused a reduction in pain perception, which may have led to an improvement in symptoms and comfort.
In addition, the study found that those who bumped up on skin reported greater improvement in pain relief than those who did not.
The study also found that a bump on skin didn’t appear to worsen symptoms of eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions.
If you bump into you in public, take the time to remove it, the researchers suggest.