by Shagufta Faheem December 12, 2017 0 Comments


Have you ever scolded for being a nail-biter? Has your mom ever put your hand away while biting nails? Are you not a teen but still a nail-bitter? Then, it's a sign of emotional imbalance. Nail-biting is the most common of the so-called "nervous habits," which include thumb sucking, nose picking, hair twisting or tugging, and teeth grinding. It's also the one most likely to continue into adulthood. It's a stress relieving habit. You may bite your nails in times of curiosity, stress or excitement, or in times of boredom or inactivity.
In severe cases, people face a lot of problems which can effect their health. This nail biting can lead them to truly gross or harmful fitness issues. Inflammation, infection, teeth issues and facial warts are complications related to it.

Diseases cause by nail-biting

Mouth Infection:

If you bite off too big a piece, you can expose the delicate skin beneath your nail, leaving it exposed to any bacteria or pathogens in your mouth, and there are plenty of them. One of the most common forms of infection is called paronychia, and it can cause swelling, redness, pain, and pus-filled lumps.



If you're constantly jamming your nails in your mouth, your saliva's chemical composition (which can break down fats and other food molecules) can damage and inflame the skin of your fingertips. For the same reason, licking your lips can cause them to become chapped, your saliva is actually corroding the skin.


Nail deformities:

Your fingernails contain a generative layer called the "matrix," which is sort of like the bed from which all your nail cells flower, Biting related infections can damage that matrix, which could lead to chronic ingrown nails or nail deformities.


Facial warts:

Pick at a wart, and its contagious material can get onto or under your nails. Touch your face or mouth with those contaminated nails, and you could end up with warts on your face or neck.


Teeth problems:

The sockets that hold the roots of your teeth can be deformed or destroyed by chronic nail biting, causing your teeth to become crooked. Nail biting can also cause fractures in the teeth you use to do the nibbling and can trigger the gum diseases gingivitis.


So, long story short, most of the people bite their nails when they are having problems in their lives. People stop biting their nails when they understand what may trigger them. Talk to those people to release their stress, which may be a cure for them. 

Shagufta Faheem
Shagufta Faheem