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

Natural Remedies for Skin Problems

For some skin problems, like moles, skin tags, clogged pores and skin breakouts, simple natural remedies prove to be effective. Sure, they do take some time to show the results on your skin, but going the all natural way is always better than medicines.


For some skin problems, like moles, skin tags, clogged pores and skin breakouts, simple natural remedies prove to be effective. Sure, they do take some time to show the results on your skin, but going the all natural way is always better than medicines.

Warts

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Warts are small bumps on the skin or mucous membranes caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. They are common and normally treated with salicylic acid or freezing. Some people also like to wrap warts in duct tape. However, there are some other more natural options you could try.

Remedies

  1. Garlic: you can remove a wart in two weeks with the use of crushed garlic and garlic juice.
  2. Pure Raw Honey: All you have to do is rub honey on the wart at night and wrap it with a bandage. The honey will slowly remove the wart. There are even cases of warts not returning after honey had been used to treat them.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: apply apple cider vinegar at night. You soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place with a bandage. It can be left in place overnight or for 24 hours, although it should be replaced every day. The wart will slowly shrivel up and disappear.
  4. Bananas: The easiest method for wart removal is to use a banana peel. According to Earth Clinic, all you have to do is rub the wart every night with a banana peel for two weeks. The wart will vanish.

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Skin Tags

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Skin tags are growths of skin that stick out from the skin surface. They normally form around the neck, upper chest, underarms and eyelids. The most common cause of skin tags is from skin rubbing against skin. The common treatments for skin tags include tying off, cutting off, and freezing. Nevertheless, there are some natural remedies available for you to use at home.

Remedies

  1. Tea Tree Oil: All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with water and add a couple drops of tea tree oil. Then you dab the cotton ball on the skin tag and cover with a bandage. You repeat this process two to three times a day.
  2. Baking soda and Castor Oilcastor oil, and baking soda combination is a great way to remove skin tags. You mix the baking soda and castor oil together so that it forms a paste. You then apply the paste to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. Repeat the process two to three times a day and store extra paste in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

Moles

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Moles are actually close groupings of skin pigmentation cells called melanocytes. Some causes of moles include genetics and exposure to the sun.

Remedies the same – Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Castor Oil and Garlic.

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Dark Spots

Dark spots or age spots are discolored patches that appear on the skin. They are more commonly found on the face, hands and forearms. Although most doctors are unsure of the real cause for dark spots, many believe it is due to sun exposure and an aging liver.

Remedies

  1. Vitamin C Serums: Vitamin C serums for the skin must contain topically active vitamin C. Looks for hand-crafted, chemical-free, organic products.
  2. Onion: Onion is a great ingredient for removing dark spots. All you have to do is juice or blend the onion and apply it to the dark spot. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. Apply once a day until the dark spot disappears.
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  3. Horseradish: Horseradish is an excellent dark spot remover. If you mix horseradish with vinegar, it will slowly remove the dark spot on your skin. Mix vinegar and horseradish together and apply to the dark spot daily. The dark spot will slowly fade away.
  4. Lemons: Lemon is another dark spot remover. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub it on the dark spot twice a day. The lemon will naturally bleach the dark spot.
  5. Aloe Vera:  Aloe is a great substance for removing dark spots. All you need to do is put fresh aloe on the dark spot and leave it on for 30 minutes.

Clogged Pores

Oil buildup on the skin can cause pores to clog and make the skin look bumpy. This is not a serious condition, but they need to be removed if you want smooth skin. Also, if clogged pores are left alone for too long, they may become infected.

Remedies

  1. Steaming: steaming is a great way to unclog pores. Pull your hair back and wash your face. Then boil water on the stove and place your face over the pot. Cover your head with a towel, so you get as much steam as possible and continue for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, wash your face and rinse it a few times with warm water. Then apply some vinegar to clean up any extra debris.
  2. Sugar Syrup: Exfoliating is another great way to unclog pores.Create a paste with sugar and lemon and rub it with an organic cotton washcloth on the area with clogged pores in a circular motion. Wash your face and rinse it with warm water when you are done the scrubbing.

Source : David Wolf

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