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Remedies to Quit the Unhealthy Habit of Biting Nails

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 02, 2014
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  • Carry a picture of healthy nails and visualize having them.
  • Schedule a day when you can completely quit the habit.
  • Keep your nails covered with adhesive bandages.
  • Choose a particular fingernail and focus on not biting it at all.

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Nail biting is a habit that can wreck havoc on your nails and the overall look of your fingers. It does not end with this, if you bite your nails really badly, your finger nails, teeth or even your gums can receive damage that cannot be repaired easily. So, if you are tired of your ugly nails and bleeding fingers, these remedies can help you have a normal nail growth and beautiful hands.

Nail Biting Habit

Face the Problem

When we are addicted to a habit, we are confident enough that as and when the need arises it will be a child’s play to quit the habit. But, this does not happen. To eradicate the problem you must first confront it. It is time to realize that your habit of biting nails is getting out of control and you are no more capable enough to stop it whenever you wish to. You must realize that you have been biting nails sitting in a bus, at work, or at any other place where it was not acceptable. Convince yourself about the benefits of having beautiful nails.

Visualize Long and Healthy Nails

Now that you have confronted the problem, it is time for you to get started. Take picture of healthy nails and carry it with you wherever you go or simply put it on a wall. Every night before going to sleep, visualize yourself with those long and healthy nails. Each time you are tempted to bite your nails, see the picture and visualize yourself again.

Have a Plan

Make a plan which will have a scheduled day on which you would have completely stopped biting your nail. This does not mean that you will have to do it on the scheduled day but, it is just a way to show commitment towards your goal. Make a mention of the day on a calendar and stay focused.

Nail Biting Habit

Cover your Nails with Adhesive Bandages

Cover your nails with adhesive bandages to avoid biting them. You can apply fresh bandages each time you shower. If it hurts you at night, you can remove and re-apply them in the morning. Do this for a few weeks and when you uncover your nails, you will be surprised to notice how much better they look.

One Nail at a Time

Pick a finger for each day that you would not bite the entire day. Keep biting all the other nails and by the end of the day notice how much better that finger looks when compared with the rest of the finger nails. Pick a finger everyday and continue doing this till you quit the habit completely.


It is not impossible to quit this habit. All it needs is a little bit of determination and a little know-how about these helpful remedies.

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