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4 Dangers of Ignoring Toenail Disorders & Abnormalities

4 Dangers of Ignoring Toenail Disorders & Abnormalities

To take proper care of your health, it is important that you pay attention to each and every detail. People get scared quickly by hearing the names such as cancer or diabetes, but they often ignore a yellowed nail or toenail fungus.

These things seem pretty insignificant as compared to other scary health dangers. The toenail conditions are not always painful, so it makes it easier for people to ignore them or think of them as just another cosmetic problem but it is important to know that if these conditions are not treated, they can result in severe health conditions.

So treating the toenail conditions is important because its consequences are far more serious than just appearances.

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Here are some of the possible complications that a toenail infected with fungus can lead to so it is better to be safe than sorry.

1. Foot Pain

If you ignore the infected nail, it can become thick and deformed. It may be painless in the beginning but over time it can become painful. As the time passes, the condition can worsen and you may find it difficult to walk while wearing your shoes. Getting it treated in time can save you a lot of pain and inconvenience.

2. Spreading of Infection

It is a concern for people who are suffering from diabetes or any other chronic conditions. It makes the immune system weak which can cause a lot of problems. If the infection in your toenail caused by fungus spreads to the skin, it will cause the skin to crack.

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It can cause the bacteria to get in the skin and cause cellulitis. It is a condition that results in a red, swollen and tender skin. It needs to be treated with antibiotics. If the condition worsens even further, the infection can enter the bloodstream and make things even worse. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by treating the fungal infection in the beginning.

3. Spreading of Fungus

If you leave the fungal infection untreated for a long time, it can end up spreading to skin that is surrounding the toenail fungus. It can result in a serious condition known as the athlete’s foot.

The symptoms of this disease are red, itchy and cracked skin. If you have an infected toenail, and you are wearing shoes and socks all day, the fungal infection can quickly spread to the skin. Not treating the condition can result in even worse conditions. So make sure you manage it in time.

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4. Losing the Nails

The fungus makes the toenails thick and hard, and they can become brittle. The nails that are brittle are easier to break. They can easily crack and chip. If you keep ignoring the fungal infection, the cracking and chipping of the nails can become severe, and you could end up losing your nails.

The loss of nails on some occasions can become permanent. The growth of fungus can result in separating the nail from the nail bed, and it happens because of the infection. It causes the nail to fall off, or you may have to remove it surgically before it can do any more damage. If the spread of fungus is not stopped, you can lose many toenails.

Treating the Fungal Infection in Toenail

It is clear that leaving the condition untreated has adverse effects, so it is important to have a good idea on how to treat the condition. The best thing is to see a doctor right away. There are several home remedies as well.

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You can use tea tree oil, baking soda or the apple cider vinegar to treat the condition. But seeing a doctor will provide you piece of mind and you will know the extent of your condition as well. If the fungal infection is new, the doctor may simply advise you to monitor it.

The doctor is not going to prescribe medication right away. Getting the opinion of the doctor will make sure that the condition does not get out of hand.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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