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Quit Nail Biting
I have a huge nail biting habit. I've tried to quit multiple times. Is there anything that can help me succeed?
Nail polish: At the pharmacy, there is a clear nail polish (called bite it. In us about $5) that tastes horrible so when it's on your nails, you will taste it and it will break you of this bad habit. Good luck. Read more
I have quit biting my nails, after 10+ yrs. But I need more incentive to want to continue. Why shouldn't I bite my nails? I just feel urge & comfort
Because: It's not healthy for your teeth as well as your nails and nail beds to do that as this damages your teeth and might give you potential TMJ problems as well as hurting your nails and weakening them. 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
Can excessive nail biting for 30 years cause damage to the nail growth. I seem to have more nail width over lenght. Could nail pattern been altered?
Doubtful: That nail biting would cause an alteration in the nail growth pattern, unless you were getting chronic nail infections from your actions. Read more
Relax: Nobody has any definitive answer to cause or cure of this. It may be a type of compulsive behavior so possibly OCD therapies can be considered. Some people put bad-tasting agents or thick lacquer on their nails. Clip your nails very short. Do not waste much emotional energy on this. Lots of people bite their finger nails and even toenails. They stop when they lose their teeth or without knowing. Read more
Nail biting: Nail biting is usually a nervous habit that can be hard to stop. Some methods that have worked include application of otc nail lacquers that contain foul tasting or hot substances that make biting distasteful. Also occasional oral meds such as a ssri or other anti-anxiety meds may work. 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
Common or concerning: The exact causes of nail biting or skin picking are unknown. While these are very common nervous habits, chronic nail biting or skin picking can be a cause for concern, and if unwanted, cause frequent bleeding/lesious, and cause serious distress, could signal a psychological disorder. Read more
By stop biting them: And hence shut them up. Its not a good habit and potentially you can cause yourself a bad infection in the fingers with germs from your mouth. Read more
Get help: If your nail biting is such a problem that you're always biting your nails or frequently causing your cuticles to bleed, you may not be able to stop biting your nails on your own. If this is the case, it may be time to see a psychologist or psychiatrist to see if your problem is a symptom of a bigger issue like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Read more
How do I stop nail biting? I tried nail polish but I just bite it off and the bad tasting stuff gets on everything. Help!
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
Broke my nail biting habit and now that my nail have grown, I've noticed they are extremely thin. Is there anything I can do to make them thicker? Ty
Nothing: Allow time for it to thicken by itself. It is normal. Read more
It's possible.: Try it and see. Get a manicure and pretty polish. Notice how good nails look and see if it helps. Read more
Onychophagia: Treating the underlying anxiety - or possibly bipolar disorder - can go a long way in helping. For those with generalized anxiety disorder, Buspirone can be very effective. If hypomania, mood stabilization may assist. Cognitive behavior therapies would emphasize alternative means of anxiety relief including relaxation protocols, distress tolerance strategies, and exposure. Rub a worry stone? Read more