How DO you stop biting your nails?

It’s the one of the most common and unattractive habits – yet millions of continue to bite our nails.


But why do we do it?

It could be a distraction from negative feelings – and managing stress and anxiety could help kick the habit.

Nail biting, like many habits, comes from a deep need to manage feelings of distress.

Some consider nail-biting a mere habit, while others view it  as a fully-fledged obsessive-compulsive disorder.  

Another theory is that people who are easily bored and frustrated are more likely to bite

Some people might bite their nails because they have different perceptions of touch or they may simply not have another way to cut their nails, he suggested.

For most people, the effects are cosmetic: they are left with unattractive nails and bleeding skin.

It is considered severe when the habit becomes destructive – when it impairs use of the hands or leads to repeated infections.

If people are biting their nails, picking their skin or pulling out their hair to the point where they are damaging their bodies they should seek professional help.





  • Nails are full of bacteria from everything you touch such as door handles, toilet flushers and money.
  • When you bite your nails you are putting these germs directly into your body, increasing your risk of infection.
  • Go for a professional manicure – as a reward for trying to break the habit – and have your nails painted red.