Picking your nose can cause germs to spread.(Shutterstock)
Picking your nose can cause germs to spread.(Shutterstock)

Biting nails, picking nose: 5 disgusting habits that can hit your health real hard

Do you scratch your acne, or bite your nails? Beware, these seemingly harmless habits can actually give you real health trouble.
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 08:37 AM IST

When was the last time you cleaned your phone? If you can’t even remember, it’s time to take a look at some habits again. Often, we do things without realising it. For instance, when we’re anxious or sitting idle, we might bite our nails. But, these actions can have a serious implication. Here are 5 habits you need to quit, now!

1) Leave your pimple alone

We know, it’s tempting and once you start, it’s difficult to stop. But picking at acne will only make it worse. Moreover, if your fingernails turn out to be dirty, it might lead to inflammation and infection. In rare cases, the infection might even spread to the rest of your face. If you are still not convinced, learn from Katie Wright’s horrible experience. She squeezed what she thought was a pimple on her forehead. But within an hour, she had swelling on her entire face and it hurt terribly.

2) Stop biting your nails

This is a habit many carry with them even as they cross over from childhood to adulthood. Not only is it unsightly, it increases your chances of developing infections on your fingers. According to Wikipedia, Paronychia is a nail disease that is an often-tender bacterial or fungal infection of the hand or foot where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. Moreover, chronic Paronychia can cause the cuticle to breakdown and the nail to separate from the skin, leading to permanent disfigurement or loss of nail.

Biting nails can leave you with a nasty infection. (Shutterstock)
Biting nails can leave you with a nasty infection. (Shutterstock)

3) Don’t pick your nose

This is a habit that adults often indulge in the privacy of their homes. But regardless of whether people can see you or not, you shouldn’t do it. Five arteries lead to the front of the nose. So, picking your nose can cause germs, and doing it intensely can result in nosebleeds. Moreover, if you end up causing a hole in the nasal septum, you will have difficulty breathing, and will need surgery to repair it.

4) Put on those shoes

If you work out at a gym, make sure you are not barefoot. Infections tend to breed in sweaty and steamy places, and can cause athlete’s foot and warts. Walking around barefoot then, will mean that your feet (specifically the area between your toes) remain moist, which fosters infection. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include scaly skin, itching, and burning between the toes.

5) Clean your phone

When we take great care to keep our bodies clean, let’s extend the same to our phones too, which are on our person 24/7. If you don’t clean your phone, all the dirt, oil and bacteria that it accumulates keeps rubbing against your skin. For people with sensitive skin, this might result in inflammation, and can cause acne to flare up. Also don’t let your phone come in contact with broken or wounded skin.

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