7 Gross Reasons You Should Stop Biting Your Nails Right Now.
There are certain habits people have that are hard to explain. Whether it’s scratching at your skin constantly despite no itch or rash, pulling your eye lashes one by one, or biting your nails. They all appear to be painful or uncomfortable at the very least.
Although, those that subject themselves to this type of behaviour don’t feel any physical pain as the area has been numbed from all the picking, biting, and pulling. While family and friends describe this mini form of body torture as a nervous tick or a quirk, there is a better answer to the mentioned habits.
It’s easy to feel frustrated when things don’t go as planned. Most folks have a go-to coping mechanism to deal with stress or boredom in life. The lucky ones are able to just let things slide off their backs without any issues. Others, have a harder time with that. Nail biting is that one habit that can be hard to break but it's not for the reasons you expect.
Biting your nails is never a good thing.
Just think about all the things our hands come into contact throughout the day. Biting your nails means that every germ, bacteria you have touched is going right into your mouth.
You may think that it's ok to bite your nails since you haven't touched anything for a long time.
Germs can live for hours on surfaces.
And thinking you are only biting the nail and not the rest of the finger is not any better.
"Your fingernails are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Bacteria often gets stuck under the nails, and can then be transferred to the mouth, causing infections of the gums and throat," explains medical director Michael Shapiro.
In the past, nail biting was considered a nervous habit.
It was also believed this is just a progression from sucking our thumbs.
People know biting their nails is never a good habit, but why do they still do it?
Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada believe nail biting has more to do with your personality than a bad habit.
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