This Will Happen If You Stop Biting Your Nails

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6Good Reasons to Quit Biting Your Nails

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Onychophagia is the medical term for nail-biting. Many people gnaw at their nails when they are stressed, anxious or simply bored. Quitting this bad habit will cause the following things to happen:

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I was a nail biter until my early 40’s. I don’t know what exactly changed, but I woke up one day and decided to quit. The easiest way I found was to get fake nails, and once my nails had grown out, I had them removed and schlack put in place of the fake nails.

    My husband has only known me with nails, and loves my natural nails.

    I say, when you are ready then do what you need to help you quit.

  2. Have bitten my nails since I was 7. Now I’m 61. Have tried to give up but couldn’t .. it’s always been my stress relief.

  3. I have had this bad habit all my life. I am 65. I would LOVE to stop and have tried. I don’t know how to stop. I quit smoking…just bam…one morning I threw it all away. Haven’t looked back. I stopped chocolate (bad for women…like caffeine which I also stopped,…coffee and sodas) But I cannot stop biting my damn nails!! I have longed for long beautiful nails forever. Even my deepest wish for nails isn’t enough to make me quit. Any suggestions for an old lady?

  4. It took me until the age of 44 to stop biting my nails. I chewed them so much all my life and had bad unsightly hang nails, but quit one day out of the blue. I quit using clear nail polish and bit it off. I’m almost 56 and have great looking nails I don’t chew off anymore.

  5. Yes, put some hot pepper juice on them every once in a while when you you feel a biting frenzy coming on. Maybe if you burn your lips a few times you’ll think twice the next time you get the biting feeling approaching.
    Please e-mail me and let me know how you made out.

  6. When I was about five I asked my Mom, a nurse, if bitting your nails caused cancer, I’d heard stories about different diseases and their symptoms from her other nurse friends. She said, “ I wouldn’t be too sure nasty behaviors like nail bitting and cigarette smoking are good for you. I quit that day and never thought about it again 65 years ago.

    Today I’m proud of my fast growing nails.

  7. I’m constantly attacking my nails, either biting them or just picking at them. The one thing I can’t stand is long fingernails. I’ve made it pretty long not biting them, but then all I do is mess with the underside using one nail to pick at the nail bed of a shorter nail. My best method is to keep a nail filer on hand and use that instead of my mouth or other fingernail.

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