How To Finally Stop Biting Nails Forever
Onychophagia, the scientific term for nail biting, has affected millions of children and adults worldwide. In the United States, it is estimated that more than a quarter of kids aged 7 to 10 years old bite their nails. Additionally, 45% of teens are also engrossed in biting their nails, especially during the puberty stage. Netherlands, on the other hand, has estimated that 2 million people are constantly biting their fingernails and biting cuticles as well. The rising statistics of individuals getting hooked with this seemingly simple quirk, and can’t seem to stop biting nails, has become proportionate to the escalating concerns expressed by the medical and social circle.
The Harsh Consequences
The negative effects of biting fingernails are more than just awfully short nails and sore cuticles. Risks of oral contamination and nail infection (Paronychia) are high because most people who bite their nails do not necessarily wash their hands before doing so. Oral infections could range from gingivitis to oral herpes. Other orthodontic problems may be encountered because biting tough nails requires excessive strength from the teeth, not to mention the bacteria or virus that can be transmitted from hand to mouth.
Aside from the physical offshoots, the psychological and social effects of nail biting are the most incommodious consequences of Onychophagia. Ostracism is a socially linked term where children or adults who nail-bite are teased or demeaned by peers and other people from their inner circle. The mere act of teasing already generates feelings of humiliation and discomfiture. Although only 5% of teens and children are said to carry the habit until adulthood, nail biting can escalate to more serious conditions and can trigger or be associated with other Body Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) such as hair-pulling or skin-picking. Its escalation to becoming a type of compulsion may also lead to ignominy and lower self esteem. The eventual lack of self esteem may pilot to the gradual withdrawal from the social circle and disruption of everyday routines and activities. An adult with a laudable career also stand the chance of losing clients as well as the respect of his associates just for having the nail biting quirk.
So you think nail biting is trivial? Think again.
Addressing the Problem
Although the discussions on whether biting fingernails is a serious condition or just a normal stage-generated eccentricity triggered by age and other random factors, people watching from the sidelines would agree that it’s not a good sight to see your loved ones biting cuticles and chewing their nails. In an ethical and hygienic standpoint, biting your fingernails (sometimes even the toenails), is not generally acquiescent to social norms and unorthodox to accepted grooming practices. For this simple reason alone, finding a cure or a viable treatment should never be neglected. Although creams and bitter liquids are the most typical cures, treatments vary depending on the triggering factors involved.
You and your loved ones do not have to be part of the growing statistics of people who leave the condition mistreated, especially for chronic cases. There are available ways to help you stop biting nails. At the end of the day, regardless of what other people say, you owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to be the best person that they can, and will be proud of. It may seem trivial but to a certain limit, everybody is bound by some of the society’s ethical models and hygiene requisites.