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How to stop biting your nails

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Nail biting often begins in childhood and can continue through adulthood.

Half of all adolescents bite their nails.

Nail biting is often something people do without being aware that they’re doing it.

It’s just a habit.

For other people, it may be a sign of stress or anxiety.

Although nail biting may appear like a cosmetic issue, chronic nail biting can cause serious problems.

It can make the skin around your nails feel sore, leaving your skin vulnerable to infection.

It can also pass harmful bacteria and viruses from your mouth to your fingers and from your

nails to your face and mouth.

In addition, repeated nail biting can damage the tissue that makes the nail grow, resulting

in abnormal-looking nails.

To stop biting your nails, follow these tips and tricks from dermatologists.

For both children and adults, keep nails trimmed short.

Having less nail provides less to bite and is less tempting.

Apply bitter-tasting paint or polish to the nails.

Available over-the-counter, this safe, but awful-tasting formula can discourage you from

biting your nails.

If you’re an adult, get regular manicures.

Spending money to keep your nails looking attractive may make you less likely to bite them.

Covering nails with tape, stickers, or wearing gloves may also prevent biting.

Replace the nail biting habit with a good one.