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I bite my nails at work because of stressed. Is this safe?

I bite my nails at work because of stressed. Is this safe?

Beware the Biting: Chronic nail biting can increase your risk of infections, not only at the fingertips but in your oral cavity and systemically. At work especially you are touching keyboards, doorknobs, etc. Which coworkers may also have handled. Infections such as cold sores, mouth ulcers, warts and other viral illness may be contracted. Lastly, biting can lead to nail discoloration and deformity over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What are things that one can do to stop his or her nail biting problem? I bite them not for the taste but due to stress.

What are things that one can do to stop his or her nail biting problem? I bite them not for the taste but due to stress.

Nail biting: Nail biting is a nervous habit afflicting both adults and children which can rapidly become uncontrollable. Many children suck their thumbs, another bad habit that can deform the plate of the mouth and cause teeth to protrude. Mavala stop helps cure nail biting and thumb sucking by "warning" you not to put your fingers into your mouth. Its distinct bitter taste acts as a strong deterrent. Mavala s. ...Read more

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Why is stress cause me to cut my nails off?

Why is stress cause me to cut my nails off?

Compulsiveness: One answer to why someone does something they dont really want to do is compulsiveness . Compulsiveness is an urge to do something, often out of habit or repetition that you dont consciously chose to do. There are good treatment for this problem if it is adversely affecting your life. ...Read more

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Can stress be the cause of the black little vertical lines that I have on my left and right thumb nail or because not enough iron?

Can stress be the cause of the black little vertical lines that I have on my left and right thumb nail or because not enough iron?

Various causes: This sounds like splinter hemorrhages. There are various causes, such as injury to the nail or other internal causes (including infections) please see your healthcare provider to fully assess. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to overcome nail biting? The urge increases when anxious and stressed out.

What is the most effective way to overcome nail biting? The urge increases when anxious and stressed out.

Many Tx options: It could be helpful to apply a non-poisonous substance on the nails that is noxious but safe such as cayenne peppers , etc. Other Tx options include bio-feedback or other psychological interventions ...Read more

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Can massage oil transmit HIV via small wound(scratch of a nail), im worrying about this, full of stress, even didn't eat, can't think of anyother.Help me?

Can massage oil transmit HIV via small wound(scratch of a nail), im worrying about this, full of stress, even didn't eat, can't think of anyother.Help me?

The massage oil: Would have to have been put on by someone with an open wound that was actively washing in and out of that wound and your wound would have to be open as well, not just a scabbed scratch. Plus, HIV is not a hardy virus and any long term placement outside of body in the oil would not be suitable for the virus to live. While i can't guarantee it, it is not likely HIV would be transmitted this way. ...Read more

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Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?

Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?

Horizontal line nail: If lines are sort of spotty and don't span entire width of the nail, most likely it's due to some minor trauma. These grow out with the nail. If lines span the entire width of the nail, and don't grow with the nail this may be related to a protein deficiency or a number of systemic conditions. The list of possible conditions long. Please have this evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

See a dermatologist: You must be examined and questioned by a DR who is familiar with hair and nail disorders. Only then will you understand what is happening and what you can do about it. ...Read more