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Nervous Habits That Hurt Your Health

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 27, 2014
Noticed yourself doing something repeatedly too often whenever you are nervous? It can be one of your nervous habits and may appear completely normal. Here are some of the nervous habits that may cause harm to your health.
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    Getting Nervous

    Whenever we are nervous we start doing something strange that easily develops into a habit. Such nervous habits are usually annoying to people around us however they can be harmful for our health. Here are some of the nervous habits your should be careful with as these may hurt heart your health. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Getting Nervous
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    Biting Nails

    One of the most common nervous habits is to bite the nails whenever nervous. While it may seem a normal act of it is a transfer of germs from the mouth to the nails and vice versa. It can cause damage to the nails, the skin around them and even cause infections of the gums and throat. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Biting Nails
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    Touching the Face

    A nervous habit of touching the face or picking at acne can damage the top very thin microscopic layers of the skin. Avoid touching your face and picking at pimples otherwise it may result in permanent scars. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

    Touching the Face
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    Sucking on Hard Candies

    Sucking on hard candies too often can result in cavities. Bacteria feed off the sugar from the candy and may cause tooth decay. Even if you like sucking on candies when nervous make sure you go for sugar free candies. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

    Sucking on Hard Candies
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    Grinding Teeth

    Habit of grinding and clenching teeth during stress or anger can be very harmful for your oral health. It can cause teeth to crack or break and may also result in damage to the jaw joint in the form of temporomandibular joint disorder. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

    Grinding Teeth
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    Twirling the Hair

    The habit of twisting and twirling a strand or a bunch of hair around during nervousness can damage the hair as well as cause significant harm to the roots. It can cause hair loss as well as infection. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Twirling the Hair
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    Cracking the Neck

    Twisting your head forcibly when nervous or tired may feel good, but doing it repeatedly can make the surrounding ligaments hyper mobile and more susceptible to injury. It may also lead to arthritis if done repeatedly for a long time. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Cracking the Neck
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    Biting Lip

    Nervously licking your lips exposes them to your mouth's digestive enzymes which can chew away at the skin and can lead to dermatitis and cheilitis. Biting your lips when nervous can cause the development of firm flesh coloured growths. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Biting Lip
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    Chewing Gums

    Chewing gums pose all the risks that a sugar candy can pose. Even if the gum is sugarless, it can cause digestive ailments.  Swallowing excess air while chewing also increases risk of a gassy stomach. Image Courtesy: Getty

    Chewing Gums
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    Nibbling at Things

    Nervously nibbling at things at hand such as pens may cause several health related problems. The objects usually carry so many germs that can make you feel ill. It can also cause damage to the soft tissues of the gums. Image Courtesy : Getty

    Nibbling at Things
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