Onychophagia..if you never heard this word, “nail-biting” will be the more familiar word. If you are amongst the people who bite nails when stressed or anxious, you are actually at risk for some ailments.
According to the studies carried out by the Texas A&M University Health Science Center experts, biting nails will lead to many long-term health issues.
Here are a few horrifying things you need to know if you have this habit,
1) Germs under your fingernails
Though you ought to wash your hand frequently, it is difficult to get all the germs and dirt from under your nails.
When you chew on your nails, chances are high that these germs get transferred into your mouth which brings a lot of skin infections like boils and abscesses. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common kind of bacteria that is proven to bring adverse effects.
2) Grind your molars
As you literally use your teeth as your as tools to bite the nails, it could cause your teeth to break or could damage your tooth enamel. The germs could also potentially infect, or cause irritation, to your gums.
3) Hangnails or ingrown nails
There is no need to mention that the nails, if bitten, might leave you with the hangnail. Hangnails are open sores that can easily become infected while ingrown nails can cause pain and swelling and potentially lead to infection and require surgery.
4) High Chances of getting poisoned
If you are kind of a person with biting habit and nail polishes & nail gels are your thing, chances are high that you take a lot of toxins with your food. These toxins are proven to show adverse effects on long run.
5) Your nails might NEVER GROW BACK!
Chronic nail biting can damage the nail bed which ultimately results in stump nails forever. i.e, no nail growth can latch on in future.
6) ORAL STIs and stinky breath
Biting nails has led to an oral STI such as herpes, thanks to a transference of bacteria from finger to mouth. You are also going to invite tons of gross germs too, which results in stinky breath.