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I have bitten my fingernails now since I was a child and now I am in my 50s and still do it It is a disgusting habit which I cannot break I have tried but I would seriously love to stop as I was reading an article recently that its bad for your health as every little nail bitten is full of germs which really made me scared maybe this is the reason why I am always sick any suggestions would be much appreciated


Posted by Umbrellas27, 5th July 2014


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  • I was a shocking nail biter as a kid, they’re deformed now as a result. I have reduced it to chewing one nail, my biting nail, which I rarely touch

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  • Paint your nails with something that tastes disgusting. Everytime you bite them it will remind you not to do it.

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  • stories are great to read

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  • I was a nail brighter, I do not know why but when I was pregnant with my third child I stopped. I never made a conscious effort to do so. Just one day I noticed my lairs looked nice. I still will nibble a hang nail if Incant find a nail file. My cousin was such a nail nibbled that she had no nails at all I don’t know how she could take them off totally. Her first employment was in an office and her hands were always busy typing. She stopped..cold turkey.. It can be done! I just don’t know how! Good luck

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  • Good luck with this we have a bitter in this house and nothing we try stops. Good luck with stopping

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  • I’m the same. Have always been a biter and can’t seem to stop. Help!

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  • Why don’t you try something like hypnotherapy?

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  • I have heard some people wrap tape around their nails. Maybe you could give this a go, as the nails will be covered and not exposed and if indeed you did put your nails to your mouth the first bit would result in a mouthful of medical tape. Wishing you good luck.

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  • I use to bite mine until they bled and Mum tried everything and than one day I saw some lady with lovely long nails and I was determined to have long nails and I stopped biting them. Have you thought about if you get enough nail grown spoiling your self and have gel nails done or somthing like that…it give you a goal to aim for

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  • What about applying something awful and bitter tasting to your nails like Stop N Grow that is available from most pharmacies.

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  • I’m also a nail biter but on a few occasions when I have an up coming event I can stop biting them with the help of nail polish. I have a wedding to go to in August so I’m been hoping I can have a decent length by then. Good Luck!

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