(KTVI) – Are you a fighter, a fusser, a hair twirler, a nail biter, a pencil chewer? You may think these are just harmless habits, but they could actually be harming your health. Dr. Matt Bruckel from Total Access Urgent Care talks to Fox 2 about what these nervous habits do to your health.
The effects of a few nervous habits:
- You bite your nails – This can damage both your nails and the skin around them. It can also transfer germs from the mouth to the skin and vice versa.
- You crack your neck – Repeatedly cracking your neck can make the ligaments around your neck more susceptible to injury. This excessive motion on the facet joints themselves can cause arthritis over time.
- You touch your face – Touching your face or picking at acne repeatedly can damage the top thin layer of the skin. You can create permanent scars.
- You grind your teeth – Grinding your teeth can cause teeth to crack or break. It can also damage the jaw joint.