Nail Techs make it their livelihood to take care of other people’s nails and one thing that most of them can agree on is how bad biting your nails can be. It is enough to ruin a manicure but it can be a lot worse than ruining the appearance of your nails. Ridge Manor residents should be aware that biting your nails is not only a bad habit because it can also affect your overall health! Consequently, when someone gets into the habit of biting their nails, they can affect their teeth and cause them to shift out of place and potentially crack or chip.
Getting Sick from Nail Biting
Biting your nails can raise the risk of catching a cold or other illness because putting unwashed or dirty hands in your mouth is not very sanitary. Not only can you get physically sick, but biting your nails can also raise the risk of paronychia, or infection of the skin surrounding the nails. Ridge manor residents should also be aware that if they have a wart on one of the fingers they are biting it could cause warts to spread elsewhere. This is because warts are actually related to human papillomavirus or HPV. Redness, pain, and swelling are all signs of an infection.
Biting your Nails May Alter a Nail’s Shape
Besides getting physically sick from biting your nails, Ridge manor residents can also damage the shape of your nails. The fingernail itself is made in the white ridge of your nail called the lunula, as well as the area beneath the lunula that extends down past your skin. If you end up with an infection or a lot of inflammation, it can start changing the shape of your nail. Nails that are bumpy or have little ridges are one of the signs that your fingernails are not in the best shape because of the nervous habit of fingernail biting.
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