What are the harms of biting nails?

Biting nails have often been related to lack of confidence. But does it limit to only that? Could it also reflect deficiency of any sorts? It is believed that nail biting is your body cannibalising itself when you have a calcium deficiency.

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Biting nails have often been related to lack of confidence. But does it limit to only that? Could it also reflect deficiency of any sorts? It is believed that nail biting is your body cannibalising itself when you have a calcium deficiency.

The condition (called onychophagia) is one of several (joined by hair pulling or trichotillomania and skin picking) which are a sub-group of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. One of the characteristics of this sub-group is that they become habit patterns. The behaviors can be associated with tension and, to the extent that they are, can serve a tension reduction purpose. However, once established as a habit, they may not really be associated with tension. It is important to treat these conditions with medication and therapy. Medications commonly employed are the serotoninergic agents, such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Luvox, Lexapro and also Anafranil. Some clinicians also imply a type of B-vitamin. In addition, to augment the serotonin medications, agents such as Ripperda, Zyprexa, Geodon and Abilify can be useful, particularly in intractable cases. Therapy consists of Cognitive-Behavioral treatment and involves Habit Reversal Training along with Exposure and Response Prevention. Medication alone will help but not likely solve the problem.

 

Risks of Biting Nails

  1. End up ingesting Disease-Causing Bacteria: Nails are an ideal location for bacteria to thrive, and that includes potentially pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli (which would love to call the underside of your nail tips home).
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    As you bite your nails, those bacteria easily transfer into your mouth and the rest of your body, where they may lead to infections.
  2. Paronychia: Paronychia is a skin infection that occurs around your nails. As you chew your nails, bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms can enter through tiny tears or abrasions, leading to swelling, redness, and pus around your nail. This painful condition may have to be drained surgically. Bacterial infections caused by nail biting are actually one of the most common nail problems, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
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  3. WartsWarts are small bumps on the skin or mucous membranes caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. These warts can easily spread to your mouth and lips as you bite your nails.
  4. Dental Problems: Nail biting can interfere with proper dental occlusion, or the manner in which your upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth. Your teeth may shift out of their proper position, become misshapen, wear down prematurely, and become weakened if you bite your nails over time.
  5. Impaired Quality of Life: A study published this year found that people who chronically bite their nails report significantly higher quality of life impairment than those who do not. The level of impairment rises with time spent on nail biting, the number of involved fingernails and those who report visible nail abnormalities. Tension when trying to resist nail biting, suffering due to nail biting or nail-eating behavior also negatively influenced quality of life.

    (Source: Mercola)

Infections caused to skin because of Nail Biting
Infections caused to skin because of Nail Biting

Benefits and Harms of Raisins

This article talks about benefits and harms of raisins, the dried form of grapes. While raisins have many benefits, it may also harm the teeth among kids.


Raisins, the dried-up form of grapes have been known for their nutritional benefits. Raisins are known for many health benefits, some of them being:

  1. Help in digestion
  2. Reduce acidity
  3. Fight Anaemia
  4. Prevent Cancer
  5. Treat infections
  6. Reduce sexual weakness
  7. Help in weight gain (though this can be the harm for a few!)
  8. Calcium in raisins are beneficial for bones (source: Stlye Craze )

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While acknowledged to be nutritionally and developmentally beneficial, even healthy food items can adversely affect a child’s dental health and cause severe problems in later life, the Mirror reported.

Saara Sabir, a practising dentist and mum-of-one from Salford, said that the most serious culprit of tooth decay was raisins and dried fruit, adding that many parents think they’re a good option because they’re packed with vitamins, but the concentrated sugar content in dried fruit is extremely detrimental to a child’s teeth.

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She noted that a small packet of raisins has around 8 teaspoons worth of sugar in. As per the NHS, the recommended daily sugar allowance for children aged four to six years-old is no more than five sugar cubes. For children aged seven to ten, it is no more than six.

The reason dried fruit poses a particular danger is also because of its consistency. Saara continues that raisins are sticky and get stuck in teeth. Therefore the bacteria have a prolonged source of sugar, so it can cause decay for a longer period of time.

She, however, said that because of the nutritional value, it’s better to give your child raisins as a dessert or part of a meal rather than a snack. (Souce: Zee News)

 

Benefits of Tulsi (Basil leaves)


Have you ever wondered why tulsi leaves are traditionally put in the mouth of a dying person? It is said to guide the departed soul towards heaven. It is also believed to be a ward against evil spirits and ghosts. While Hindu mythology is replete with various legends woven around this sacred plant, tulsi holds a special place in Ayurved as its medicinal uses are phenomenal.

According to Ms. Sandhya Gugnani, a famous nutritionist:

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties which help in purifying the blood and keep skin and hair healthy and glowing. The holy basil is packed with antioxidants as well as immune-enhancing qualities, the phytochemicals present in tulsi protect the body from damages caused by free radicals thus, delaying the aging process. Tulsi helps in increasing the metabolism which aids in weight loss when coupled with increased physical activity & a healthy diet. It also increases sensitivity to insulin, lowering one’s blood sugar & treating diabetes

How to benefit from Tulsi

– Having fever? Have tulsi and cardamom boiled in water. It helps bring down the fever.
– Tulsi is a germicide and disinfectant. It protects us from infections.
– Tulsi with honey and ginger is an effective remedy against bronchitis, asthma, influenza and cold.
– Eating tulsi empty stomach, is known to relieve one from kidney stones.
– Tulsi reduces blood cholesterol levels.
– Tulsi contains Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as eugenol which protects the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
– Warm tulsi juice gets rid of stomach worms.
– Foul breath is such a big turn off! Guess what! Tulsi fights with bad breath, pyorrhoea and cavities and other dental problems.
– Tulsi has been traditionally known to cure night blindness.
– A large group of researchers believe that it has the potential to fight cancer, as it scavenges free radicals in the body.

(Source: The Times of India)