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    Nail Biting

    Unlike those other bad habits, nail-biting opens up the risk of infection – in the fingers themselves if they bleed, and more generally because nails can carry germs and bacteria which then enter the body. Read more →

    You need some sort of goal or motivation that will make you think twice when biting them. For example ask if you don't bite them for 6 weeks get your mum to treat you and take you for a manicure or a girls day out . It also helps me if I paint them you may not have much nail to pain and may be conscious about it but it will make you think about what your doing when you bite them . Theres also another alternative which is that nail polish that tastes revolting this stopped me from biting mine .Once you get past the first week the rest just comes naturally. Hope this helps x

    Hi. My name is Lola and I am 13 years old. I have a nail biting habit. It started when my 5 year old brother was born. It actually started off normally, but then it got out of hand. I barely have any nails left and now I've started biting the skin around the nails. I've tried almost everything. I've tried wrapping bandages around my nail, but they just slip off as I sweat a lot. I've also tried wearing gloves, but I just bite holes through them. This is really getting in the way of my personal and social life. I usually bite my nails whilst out shopping' watching t.v., playing on the computer and at school which is horrible. Please get in touch with me, I really need your help!





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    You need some sort of goal or motivation that will make you think twice when biting them. For example ask if you don't bite them for 6 weeks get your mum to treat you and take you for a manicure or a girls day out . It also helps me if I paint them you may not have much nail to pain and may be conscious about it but it will make you think about what your doing when you bite them . Theres also another alternative which is that nail polish that tastes revolting this stopped me from biting mine .Once you get past the first week the rest just comes naturally. Hope this helps x

    Does anyone know if nail butti is an early sign of autism? My toddler has just turned 18months this week and I have notice that she has been nibbling and biting at her nails for the last few weeks, she has never had any oral fixations ie dummy or sucker her fingers or thumb or comfort so this seems a very new thing that we don't see as something he has picked up from ourselves as we don't bite our nails. I am asking generally about nail bitting at such a young age as it seems so early but also coupled with very frequent tip toe walking and seemingly above average intellegance I am curious if there might be more I need to think about? Has anyone encountered these things? Thanks mum of 1 rainbow and 3 angels





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    I'm seventeen and I bite the skin around my nails and have for a very long time. With me, it's an anxiety thing that grows worse when I'm stressed. As this is a toddler, I would say that it could be to do with anxiety, or it could just be something that she is doing subconsciously as my cousins do the same. Also, just because she hasn't observed the behaviour in you or your partner, doesn't mean that she hasn't seen another child or different adult biting their nails and learned from them. For the tip-toe walking that could just be novelty. There's a lot of debate about whether intelligence is linked with autism, but if you're really worried then I would visit a doctor, although most symptoms only become noticeable at around three years of age. It's difficult for someone to diagnose your child without knowing her. These could just be quirks/phases/novelties.

    Nail biters are people who are hard on themselves, I bit my nails bitterly for years and years, never allowing myself the time and money it took to stick to a solution. I have just now stopped biting my nails after many years. The clear bad tasting polish doesn't work. Find a manicurist who won't laugh at you and see her at least 2X a week. During the manicure she will carefully and cleanly trim the itchy cuticles which trigger nail biting. If your nails are filed and your cuticles neatly trimmed 2X a week you may relapse but you'll have better looking hands, even if you decide to keep your nails short. It's worth the $30 for 2X a week. You also get the support of the manicurist, they too share the small yet hard earned victory. I've been seeing a manicurist now religiously for 4 months and only now does she too see a difference in the quality of how my hands look. Stay with the concept that you must continually work and commmit to stopping. It can be done even after many years. It's the cutical overgrowth and mess that triggers nail biting. The cuticles get overgrown onto the nail, they are jagged and dry and begin to itch, you look at this and immediately put your fingers in your mouth. They must be professionaly cleaned out regularly. I tried doing my nails myself with cutical trimmers and only made a mess and bled the cuticle. It is the determination, sharing the problem and solution with a manicurist,telling yourself that you are worth the small amount of money to have a manicure even if your nails are short or you relasped that week, and the committment to continue no matter what. If a manicurist doesn't want to work with you, find another one, there's plenty out there. Stay with it!! Guys can also go to the manicurist. Its better than walkiong around with bitten nails and it does take months. Whe you finally do look at cleaned up nails, even thought they are short you will take such pride in your effort. I repeat, this does take months and a spacial manicurist to help you along the way until you finally succeed, if you commit to it you will. My advice, go to a nail salon not a family member or do it yourself. These are tempting options to save a bit of money but a manicurist will always be there without a speech if you relapse. You don't want to miss a week. Fake nails are another solution but I never liked the way they looked or felt..too noisy and it feels as if you are always wearing gloves.! Best of luck. You must commit yourself to a solution even if you relapse, start again and again. A note to parents of nail biters. Nail biters are sensitive folks with a high need to please. Step back, and go easy on them but support them with the committment to a solution.Instead of badgering them, give them a certificate to the nail salon, drive them down, maybe ask to see the new nail color afterwards, then leave the topic alone. Do it again next week. Quiet determination. And do not go blabbing this to people you know, they will notice the nice nails as they finally do arrive. I wish the best of luck to all nail biters to one day become former nail biters. You deserve it.

    well,i used to bite my nails all the time!it just becomes a habit.but then i started to wear nail varnish,but they didnt because they didnt look nice.my advice is to wear nail varnish and let them grow or use this nail varish were it stings if you put your fingers in your mouth. i hope this helped you xxxxx

    The foreskin starts sealed to the glans, just like your nail to the nail bed. It's probably not too tight, just still sealed as it takes anything up to 18 before it fully unseals. Don't try to force it as you can hurt yourself and introduce infection (have you ever broken a nail? If you've experienced that pain it's a similar thing, if you haven't ask anyone who has how bad it feels!) If it hasn't fully retracted when you're 18 or causing you problems then speak to your GP, but you're still young and there's still time.

    you should start biting on only one hand and get a special pot of stuff that makes nails taste disgusting to put on the other hand. once you think you can move on start to bit only one nail and put the stuff on all of your other nails this should help if it doesn't get somthing to bit. buy a box of false nails and bite them hope you stop

    When my child was around 7 he started biting his nails and gradually his nails began to turn a dark-bluish purple colour. He stopped biting at aged 12 and he is now 17 and they are still discoloured. Dermatologists have ruled out fungal infection and oxygen starvation. Please advise.





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    i have had a couple verrucas aswell i have been to the docor and had em frozen and evey night you should file them with a nail file and if you can try and pick it out with nail clipper [:

    well i am currently sucking my thumb but the dentist is putting my braces on this month but i just ttry to teach my parents and my family to help me remove it from me. or just go to your local pharmacy and ask for nail bitting like nail polish but if you put it in your mouth it dosn't come out because it is parent for 5 days and it is not sweet it is worse from sour

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    I have not bitten my nails for 13 weeks. I am 50 years old. My nails were extremely badly bitten. I believe my success is down to 3 things - 1. really wanting to do it. 2. Getting a very helpful book on stopping nail biting and follwing it's advice and 3. being put on antidepressants by my doctor.Although I was put on the medication for depression not nailbiting, I think this has been a cruicial element in my ability to stop nail biting. Did you have unbitten nails prior to three years ago? have you developed a minor mental health problem - some depression or anxiety maybe? just a thought. I have had low grade but persistent depression/anxiety for most of my adult life but I have always refused medication. I went on the tablets last April, mainly for the sake of my family as I wasn't much fun to live with. Stopping nail biting has been a lovely 'side-effect' of feeling happier and calmer. But I've also put loads of effort into it as well - there are no quick fixes. Sending you a virtual hug.

    i bite my nails, and i put nail varnish on them but my school wont let us wear nail varnish!I've tried using "stop and grow" but i just get used to the taste!I also buff them and make them shinny and rub it against my lip, which stops me biting them!hope this helps :)





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    I'm an adult guy who has got to be one of the worst nail biters ever. I can understand why any bad nail biter can get embarrased when people notice them biting or look at their nasty stumps. My habit is so bad that I do it all the time and don't care if people notice my nubs or remark if I bite in front of them. Ironically, I'm an educated professional and married guy in good athetic, physical shape. Long ago I realized I'm a hard-wired, incorrigible nail biter and accepted myself as such.





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    Try this nail polish it is called stop biting I tried it and it worked. It's just clear nail varnish that tastes horrible when you put it near your mouth it tastes horrible but it works.

    I have been biting my nails since I first grew teeth ! never had nails above the fingertips, I get very embarrassed whenever someone mentions them, I guess my longest nail is 4mm I honestly just have tiny slivers of nail, I am totally disgusted with myself, I even pick and sometimes bite my toenails, best advise, take some photos of your nails, stick them up, so you can see what other people see, can always try buddying up with another biter, helping and talking about the habit might work ?





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    Hi I have a son who will be 3 in June , from the age of 1 he started biting himself on the ARM. Wen he had his 2year check up with his health visitor she told me this was normal and that he would grow out of it. He is now coming up to 3years old and the biting has progress to biting all the way up the lower ARM and he is bruising himself from leaving teeth marks , to biting family members including myself if I won't let him get to his ARM. Now the biting is still going on but he has moved up to kicking people and slapping random people. Please I need your advice .





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    Try some nail biting polish it helped me and my nails are fine now you can get it from mabe boots or superdrug etc it is worth it in the end try it.

    I'm 14, with braces on my top + bottom teeth. I'm a thumbsucker but i only do it when i'm around close family. Nobody else knows so i don't do it when in public. But still, i can't seem to stop !! I've tried nail-biting liquids, tape, mustard and so on but nothing works... Any suggestions pleease?x





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    I'm 16 years old and have been biting my nails since early primary school. It's starting to bother me as I try to hide my hands which is also a bother as I always wear rings. I have tried to stop biting but I always start biting in class without noticing.





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    if you want to stop just look for a polish which tastes gross so everytime you bite it's gross!

    The way I stopped was to have gel nail polish put on, honestly, for the life of me I could not bite that stuff off and it lasts for 2-4 weeks. It was worth the investment So I've stopped biting my nails, but now I can't stop twiddling my hair. God damnit.





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    As long as he's not in pain when he wees then he is fine. A baby's foreskin doesn't retract like an adult's and that's fine, don't do anything to it. When he is old enough to play with it for himself it will retract naturally. Right now it is fused like your nail to your nail bed, if you've ever broken a nail (I have!) you'll know it's one of the most painful things ever and not something to put a newborn through!

    I'm 29 and I have been nailbiting free for 3 weeks now.I just made a choice after I saw a coworkers hands he is 50 and has been biting his nails his whole life. He literally have like1/4 his original nail size left, and his fingers curve in as he sometimes bites the skin as he cant reach his nails. So I just mad up my mind to do it. To help I buffed my nails like good, smooth as a babies bottum. they look like I put gloss on them even thow I didnt. But it helps As I just rub my finger nails agains my lips. i like it, I went 2 weeks and they grew fast and every once in a while I do the mimic to bite my nails but when it reaches my teeth I feel how long they are and it reminds me not to bite. Im not usedto them this long. Its funny I never realized how much I use my nails now that I have them. I can pick up a needle on the floor, before I used tohave to resort to tool or find wierd ways to open coves and stuff. Scratching an itch is so much better when its a whole nail and not just a hangnail your sctracthing with.





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    Ask your friends and family members to tell you to stop whenever they see you biting. This should hopefully give you enough incentive to stop. This is something that I am using at the moment to stop myself biting the skin around my nails and it's working well.

    I always bite my nails an my mum shouts at me so its not very encouraging and i tried putting something in my hand to distract it an i carry around a book saying methods to stop biting nails and when i feel like biting i look in the book but plz help me...thanks





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    Hi I'm 36 years old and I've been biting the skin around my fingers for as long as I can remember. It's not all the time that I do it, if my nails look nice then I don't do it as much. At the moment most of my fingers are red, inflamed and really sore. I don't know how to stope myself doing it, is there anything I can buy to put on my skin to stop me biting them





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    Put lots of nail varnish and nail varnish remover (cos that tastest well bleerg) when i turned 13 i tried that and it did help but often when im stressed and stuff well i bite them so yeaah you cud try that but im sorry if it dont help loves Sarah-Beth (:

    Put lots of nail varnish and nail varnish remover (cos that tastest well bleerg) when i turned 13 i tried that and it did help but often when im stressed and stuff well i bite them so yeaah you cud try that but im sorry if it dont help loves Sarah-Beth (:

    I have been biting my nails since i was about 3 and i am 11 now.I am going into senior school now and i am embarrased that i might get picked on.I have tryed dipping them in tomato juice (because i hate the taste),false nails and clutching my fingers so hard they hurt just to stop me from biting them. I really need to stop as they are getting sore. Thanks X





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    Hello, im 14 and i started biting my nailes when i was about three yeras old- it is a really bad habbit i have tried to stop but the longes i have lasted is a bout 2 days i tryed putting stop n'grow on them and i have gotten used to the taste i also bite the skin around the nail, i bleed an awfall lot i alwase bite them in class then i have to go to the toilet and whash them because of the blood i hate it i really cant stop! and my feet i get bits of dad skin and i pick it all off witch has made my feet sore i cant walk after it - i picked so much i have lost some feeling at the bottom o my heel i really dont know what to do - pleasee help. Thankyou! x





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    i'm 14 tomorrow. Everyday people tell me about my nails. I know i can stop but i just get so stressed and i just do it! I never do it in front of people but when i get home i start biting away. It sucks! My science teacher does it to and we have to do a current event for her class and mines going to be a power point of biting your nails. Thanks for the support and information! It has REALLY helped! :)





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