Here is Why You Should Never Bite Your Fingernails

Most of us, if not all have bitten our nails at one point or the other, some are chronic nail chewers while others just once in a while, as for those ladies who fix nails every time you are vindicated from this. But little did you know that biting or chewing your nail could lead to something uncalled for.

Nail biting tends to begin in childhood, peak in adolescence, and then slowly (or quickly), decline with age. 

Most nail symptoms are due to systemic issues, trauma, or lifestyle factors, and this includes the habit of nail biting. Nail biters are susceptible to paronychia, 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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Whether you're an adult who can't seem to kick the habit, or a parent of a child or teen who bites his or her nails, here are simple options that are often effective for quitting:

A Healthy Diet Leads to Healthy Nails

If you eat a balanced, whole-food diet, you're probably giving your body more-than-adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function. If not (and this applies to the majority of the African Population), there's a good chance your body is lacking in important nutrients. Not only can this lead to chronic diseases, but your nail (and hair and skin) health will also suffer.

Stay Healthy, Stay Wise

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