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how to stop nail biting habit

Discussion in 'Body Care' started by lakshmit, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. lakshmit

    lakshmit Bronze IL'ite

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    hi ils,
    My sister has got the nail biting habit and trying to get rid of that but unable to do so. Could somebody suggest tips to get rid of the biting habit.

    love..
    lakshmi.
     
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  2. Amywos

    Amywos Bronze IL'ite

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    I have heard that for kids, they apply castor oil in their nails so that one cannot bear that taste and slowly stop biting nails. I am not sure what to do in case of elders, May be ask your sis to try the same :)
     
  3. harisur

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    Does she wear nail polish? Ask her to tie a bright coloured thread around her wrist or her finger. When she sees the thread it might deter her from doing it. Ask her to stick pictures of beautifully painted nails on a place she sees often namely, fridge door, bathroom mirror etc. Hope this helps.
     
  4. PinkRubies

    PinkRubies Moderator Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    i used to always bite my nails but after i got braces on my teeth i culdnt and da habit died away...im not sayiung ur sista shuld get braces lol...im letting u noe dat if she can control it for a few months she can get rid of da habit =D
     
  5. ALPA

    ALPA Platinum IL'ite

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    i too have a habit of biting nails and i do not do it purposely but it is done subconsciously. someone told me that i am nervous but i am never nervous so i really don't know why i bite my nails its just happens

    alpa
     
  6. lakshmit

    lakshmit Bronze IL'ite

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    hi alpa,
    I agree with the stmt that we don't do it intentionally. When my sis read some news she definately bite her nails... I even told her to stop it conciously. But she says it's not working out...
    So could some of u throw lot more information on this topic... I'll the one said earlier by other il's..


    love..
    lakshmi.
     
  7. sumasandeep

    sumasandeep Silver IL'ite

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    Nail-biting (onychophagia) is a common stress-relieving habit. You may bite your nails in times of stress or excitement, or in times of boredom or inactivity. It can also be a learned behavior from family members

    You may bite your nails without realizing you are doing it. You might be involved in another activity, such as reading, watching television, or talking on the phone, and bite your nails without thinking about it.
    Nail-biting includes biting the cuticle and soft tissue surrounding the nail as well as biting the nail itself.

    What treatments are available for nail-biting?

    Several treatment measures may help you stop biting your nails. Some focus on behavior changes and some focus on physical barriers to nail-biting.
    • Keep your nails trimmed and filed. Taking care of your nails can help reduce your nail-biting habit and encourage you to keep your nails attractive.
    • Have a manicure regularly or use nail polish. Men can use a clear polish. Wearing artificial nails may stop you from biting your nails and protect them as they grow out.
    • Try stress-management techniques if you bite your nails because you are anxious or stressed.
    • Paint a bitter-tasting polish, such as CONTROL-IT or Thum, on your nails. The awful taste will remind you to stop every time you start to bite your nails.
    • Try substituting another activity, such as drawing or writing or squeezing a stress ball or Silly Putty, when you find yourself biting your nails. If you keep a record of nail-biting, you will become more aware of the times when you bite your nails and be able to stop the habit.
    • Wear gloves, adhesive bandages, or colored stickers whenever possible to remind you not to bite your nails.
    • Snap a rubber band on the inside of your wrist when you start to bite your nails so you have a negative physical response to nail-biting.
    Children may bite their nails more often when they are having problems at school or with friends. Talk with your child or his or her teacher about any new stress at school. Children are more likely to stop biting their nails when they understand what may trigger it. It is also important for your child to help choose a treatment method so he or she can use the treatment successfully.
    What problems can develop from nail-biting?

    Nail-biting can cause your fingertips to be red and sore and your cuticles to bleed. Nail-biting also increases your risk for infections around your nailbeds and in your mouth. Dental problems and infections of the gums can be caused by nail-biting.
    Long-term nail-biting can also interfere with normal nail growth and cause deformed nails.
    Rarely, nail-biting may be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD symptoms are usually treated with medications.

    Few articles about that may help u:

    How to stop biting your nails: information and medical research aimed at nail biters


    How To Stop Nail Biting | How To Do Things.com


    How to Stop Biting Your Nails - wikiHow


    Nail biting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    The other way is...ask ur sister to go thru these topics once ... hope she determines or tries to quit.

    Sometimes even me unknowingly keep biting my nails specially when i try to think something new !!! but never when i'm nervous!!!

    If she is not much addicted to it..once in a while she bites means...... its a normal behaviour.. nothing to worry about it
     
  8. lakshmit

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    acrylic nails

    hi,
    my sister has nail biting habit and she wants to get rid of that. If she is going to have acrylic nails will she be able to get rid of this habit. she very badly wants to get rid of this but unconsciously biting the nails while reading something.... Could u all suggest something on this issue.

    love..
    lakshmi.
     
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    Re: acrylic nails

    I do not think this is a good idea. Acrylic nails will weaken the nail. I had them many times before and they all weaken the nails. I stopped bting my nails with just a regular manicure. Nail polish tastes disgusting when you bite down into it and I hated wasting money getting them painted only to bite them a day or two later.
     
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    Re: acrylic nails

    Hi all,

    How to get those acrylic nails off? i read it on net that its quite a painful procedure...! Anybody has any exp with it... pls share ur exp.
     

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