Nail Bitting
14 May, 2021 by
Progno Health Medical Team

Nail Biting

Everyone has experienced at least one nail-biting moment In his or her life - may be white listening to a boring lecture or waiting for a career-changing meeting with the supervisor or watching a movie anxiously to know what happens to the hero/heroine in the climax.

Nail biting, also known as onychophagia, is a common habit. It is estimated that 30% of children, 45% of teenagers. 25% at youth and 5% of older adults bite their nails.


The habit of biting fingernails usually starts in childhood and becomes less common by the age of 18, but it may continue into adulthood. Stress and boredom are the main reasons behind nail-biting, usually to calm or ease the anxiety or keep at least one part of the body busy. Frustration and loneliness can also be one of the reasons.

Biting nails can also be a symptom of a psychological condition like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCID For attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD).


Nail-biting is quite harmful; some of the harmfuL causes of nail-biting are:


+ Disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella and E coil can easily transfer to your mouth, through the finger, nails, which have dirt. This causes infection in your mouth as well as other ports of the body.


+ Nail infections: People who bite their nails are more prone to have paronychia, a skin infection that occurs around the nails. While chewing nails, bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms can enter the body. leading to swelling, redness, and pus around the nails. This would then have to be removed surgically,


+ Denial problems: Nail biting can harm the teeth, leading to badly: aligned, weakened teeth.


  Things you never knew about your nail


* About 10% of dermatological conditions are nail-related.


* when you chew your fingernails, they become an even greater paradise for the bacteria to survive.


* Nail-biting leads to bad breath.


* Biting nails can make your fingertips fill with pus.


* Nails ( plates ) are made of dead cells; they don’t breathe. Nail beds and cuticles are made of live cells that need oxygen. that's nails don’t sweat.)


How to avoid nail-bitingly


* Keep your nails short, so that even when you feel like biting your nails are too short.


* Always keep your hands and mouth busy ( try chewing gum ).


* Women can wear nail polish.


* Use a ‘nibble inhibitor – a bitter medicine available at any pharmacy. Which is helpful for people who bite their nails. Keep applying the nail inhibitor several times a day.


Your nails are like jewels don’t Use them as tools. - Essie