19 September 2008

  • The fingertips become red and sore and your cuticles to bleed
  • Increases risk for infections around nailbeds (paronychia) or warts around the nail bed and infections in mouth
  • Dental problems (such as gingival) and infections of the gums
  • Pass bacteria or viruses from nails and fingers to mouth by biting nails, making it more likely to catch a cold or other infection
  • Long-term nail-biting can also interfere with normal nail growth and cause deformed nails (permanent nail damage)
  • Rarely, nail-biting may be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD symptoms are usually treated with medications
  • Regarding social effects the aesthetic aspect of the nail may affect employability, self-esteem, and interaction with other people

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