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Aright, I've been biting my nails for 6 years.. How do I quit? *lol*

All my fingernails are now ridged, and one even looks "cratered" slightly if you can picture it.. but they're all ridged and uneven..

I chew the nails, rip off some skin alongside the nails, and even alotta the cuticles. I bite them to the point that pressure against the bottom of my finger pushing towards the nail will cause pain.

So anyways, my two questions:
1). How can I quit?
2). How long does it take fingernails to fully grow back in healthy?

Sheesh..
[QUOTE=super fluke]Aright, I've been biting my nails for 6 years.. How do I quit? *lol*

All my fingernails are now ridged, and one even looks "cratered" slightly if you can picture it.. but they're all ridged and uneven..

I chew the nails, rip off some skin alongside the nails, and even alotta the cuticles. I bite them to the point that pressure against the bottom of my finger pushing towards the nail will cause pain.

So anyways, my two questions:
1). How can I quit?
2). How long does it take fingernails to fully grow back in healthy?

Sheesh..[/QUOTE]

Nail biters are on a quest for order. If there is one tiny bit of skin they can get their teeth on, they will canibalize themselves and ruin their nails in the process. Why not visit your local nail salon for a series of manicures? The nail tech will clean up the cuticles and the nails, giving you less at which to bite.

You might also want to consider just what your hands have been touching during the day. Just about every bacteria known to mankind that can be tranmitted through touch will end up in your mouth when you bite your nails. There are more places for these bacteria to hide on a ragged and bitten nail plate. These bacteria love the moist environment you are creating for them in, on and around the nail unit.

Keeping the nails and the cuticles in good condition through regular manicures will help you to break the habit, and allow the nails to grow back in normal. The more you bite at them, the more trauma is being caused to the matrix where the nail plate cells are born. Repeated trauma to the nail matrix can result in permanent damage and the nails may never recover.





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