People who chronically bite their nails have significantly decreased life quality, compared to others who don’t have this habit – this is what the results of a study tell us. The level of underestimation increases over time spent with biting nails. At the moment when they get into a tense state, people who bite their nails can’t control themselves and start by biting their nails, and then they latently change their behavior and this is what significantly affects their life quality.
- Causing diseases thanks to bacteria
Your nails are the best place for the bacteria that are under development, inclusively potential pathogen bacteria, such as Salmonella or E-Coli. Therefore, when you are biting your nails, you do nothing but introducing bacteria situated under your nails directly in your mouth and from there, in your whole body. This is how certain infections in the body can be produced, inclusively the ones we mentioned above. Your nails are harder to clean than your hands that you can only wash with soap and the area under your nails is a perfect place for the development of bacteria.
- Nails’ infections
People who bite their nails are predisposed to the appearance of paronychia, a skin infection that takes place around the nails. When you bite your nails, bacteria and microorganisms too may enter the small skin abrasions, leading to swelling, redness, and the appearance of pus around the nails. This painful condition may be needed to drain even surgically if there is nothing else to do about it! Bacterial infections caused by nail-biting are actually one of the most common nail problems, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
- HPV infection
Another common disease caused by nail-biting is the appearance of warts caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. This virus (HPV) causes warts on the nails, not only genital warts. This fact is pretty frightening because this virus can easily spread from the nails to the mouth and on the lips.
- Dental problems
Biting nails might also cause problems related to the way the upper and lower teeth get united when you close your mouth. Biting your nails might displace your teeth from their correct position so that these could become deformed, would become useless prematurely and this is how you will have to suffer after a while.
- Affecting life quality
Biting nails is indeed a very bad habit. If you already tried to stop biting your nails, it is understandable that it is hard to control yourself, because you don’t even do it consciously, in most situations. However, if you did that so far, you didn’t know about these dangers. But now that you became familiar with the dangers and diseases that you are predisposed to, resulting from this habit, you will strive even more to stop biting your nails forever.