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How Do I Stop Biting My Cuticles To The Quick
Cuticle biting: Once you get into this habit it is difficult to break. You could try soaking your finger tips into a paste made of some bitter melon and leaving it on for about 10-15 miinutes and then just wiping the paste off wihtout washing it off. Then if you will not want to put those finger tips into your mouth to nibble at your cuticles it is totally benign as far as side effects go. ...Read more
Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting the skin around your nails.One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it has been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks.Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore.Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your. ...Read more
I have been picking and biting my cuticles for 14 years and can't stop doing it. Any advice as to why?
There are: compounds that you can paint right onto your nails that taste terrible. If you put your finger near your mouth - the taste will stop you dead in your tracks. It can be effective for many. Take care. ...Read more
Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biting lips: In general, I would normally tell a patient to pay attention when you are doing this and then immediately stop when you notice you are doing this ...Read more
Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read more
See below: Nail biting or cuticle biting and picking is a concern if it results in infection of the nail or recurrent bleeding. Like other habits, positive reinforcement strategies are the most effective way to stop the behavior. Try to catch your child without their finger in their mouth, and simply describe what they are doing with their hands instead. For example, “I see you are folding origami with your fingers.” Or “You are using your fingers to scratch the cat's ears! She likes it!” ...Read more
No: No, pica is the ingestion of non-food, usually non-biological material. Finger nail biting is usually associated with anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (not always). Cuticle biting often results when a person has dry skin or atopic dermatitis, so those conditions should be ruled out when evaluating someone who bites his or her cuticles. Hand-washing and allergies make it worse. ...Read more
One of my nails has produced ridges and is larger and rounder, as well as the matrix being swelled up, all from cuticle biting. How can I fix it?
Stop the habit: The only way to address the appearance of your nails if they have become deformed due to biting them, is to stop! The repeated trauma is cumulative, and at some point the nail will never be normal. If you stop now, hopefully the new nail growth with be normal in appearance, but this will take several months. ...Read more
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