Thursday, 26 March 2020

Nail Biting: Read This If You're Addicted To Biting Your Nails.

Addicted To Biting Your Nails
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Are you addicted to biting your nails? Do you want to stop that nail-biting habit of yours once and for all? Nail-biting, also known scientifically as Onychophagy or Onychophagia, is an oral compulsive habit many people develop right from childhood and it can potentially ruin the appearance of your fingers, could be unhygienic and can hurt pretty bad if you take it too far. If you're reading this, my guess is that you didn't stumble upon this post by accident and you're probably addicted to biting your nails. I used to be a nail-biting addict myself so I understand that feeling you get when someone asks "what happened to your nails?" and you just stand there speechless not knowing how to respond. I even went as far as eating the skin around the nails. Imagine how my fingers looked?

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Studies shows that 60% of children and 45% of teenagers bite their nails but the habit becomes less common after the age of 18. However, it may continue right into Adulthood. The worst part of it, which I'm sure you can relate to, is that you are not even aware that you're not even aware that you're biting your nails until you have have gone so deep and hurt yourself till you bleed. It could be while sitting through that very boring Lecture, watching a really cool horror movie, surfing the internet or just doing absolutely nothing. So why do people do it? Why do people get addicted to biting their nails? 

Causes Of Nail-Biting


If you're expecting to see a complex scientific name for the cause of nail-biting addiction, then you're in luck. Scientific studies have proven that Nail-biting is a symptom of a psychological condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in an endless repetitive behaviour and thoughts. You may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if you find yourself doing repetitive actions such as repeatedly bathing, showering, washing your hands out of fear of being contaminated; repeatedly checking locks or cooking gas, eating foods in a specific order, arranging things in a particular order and many more compulsive behaviours including biting your nails. Although the so-called routines may be temporarily to get rid of the anxiety, the person uncontrollably performs the routine again and again when the obsessive thoughts return.

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Stress and the all-powerful boredom are also causes of nail-biting addiction for most people. I don't know about you but boredom has pushed me to do some really crazy things. You just sit there with nothing to do and nowhere to go, not feeling sleeping then GBAM! Your fingers slowly glide to your mouth to keep you company.

Signs of Nail-biting Addiction


Apart from the damaging effects nail-biting can cause to the appearance of the nails, Nail biting usually leads to deleterious effects on the mouth and more generally the digestive system. These consequences are directly derived from the physical damage of biting or from the hands becoming an infection vector. Moreover, it can also have a social impact.
The fingernails are usually bitten equally to approximately the same level and it can lead to broken skin on the cuticle of the nails. When cuticles are improperly removed using your teeth, they are susceptible to microbial and viral infections such as paronychia. The contents of the saliva may then redden and infect the skin. In rare cases, fingernails may become severely deformed after years of nail biting due to the destruction of the nail bed. Surely you don't want your nails to get that bad.

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 Nail biting may also have an association with mouth problems, such as gingival injury, and malocclusion of the front teeth, which is basically the most active in the nail-biting process. It can also transfer pinworms or bacteria buried under the surface of the nail from the anus region to the mouth. If the bitten-off nails are swallowed, stomach problems can occasionally develop. On a more social level, nail-biting can be a source of shame to the nail biter  and definitely reduces the quality of life. Ask any female or male on the planet what they want in a future partner and they'll tell you they want someone with beautiful attractive nails. Really, who doesn't?

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Nail-biting Cure/Treatment


Good news for all Nail biters out there, there is a cure. Well, I wouldn't say a Cure per se, but there are many different ways to prevent you from going all cannibal on your nails. The cheapest of such preventive methods is the use of a Bitter-tasting Nail polish. This special kind of Nail polish is made from the most Bitter chemical substance in the entire universe called Denatonium benzoate. This compound produces an unbearable bitter feeling even words are not enough to describe. Making it an ingredient in Nail polish has really helped to stop the nail biting habit in most individuals. Another treatment for chronic nail biters, is using a dental deterrent device that disables the front teeth from making any damage to the nails and the surrounding cuticles. After about two months the device leads to a full oppression of the nail biting urge.

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Most importantly, being aware of your actions and sheer determination is enough to fight-off nail biting addiction. Simply make up your mind to stop the act. It's not that difficult to do. In my case, what I did was tell all my friends about my problem. Let those closest to you and always around you know about the problem and your resolve to finally end it. They will be your watchmen, warning you when you're about to unconscionably break your rule. Try to always remind yourself of your resolve, never to bite your fingernails again. After about 2 weeks, you can watch your fingers become attractive again. 
Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends who are addicted to biting their nails, you'll be saving someone's self-esteem if you do so. Also, follow this link to find out what the colour and look of your nails say about your health. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your Email. Don't be shy, share your thoughts in the comments below.
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