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  • How to Stop Biting Nails
    By Health Blog on May 2, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Biting nails is a compulsive habit that is usually done by kids and teenagers, with adults also sometimes having the compulsion. Onychophagia is the technical term used to describe the biting of fingernails but you probably won’t hear anyone other than a doctor using the term.

    What are the Symptoms of Biting Your Nails?
    While the symptoms in most cases are generally mild, socially nail biting is looked down upon and then there’s the aesthetics of the nails themselves which can look less than appealing in more extreme cases of nail biters. Various cuticle problems causing issues like whitlow, felon or paronychia which are bacterial or fungal infections can arise. Bacteria is also more easily transmitted to the mouth which can create a variety of problems.

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    How to Stop Biting Nails
    Treatments for nail biters are behavioral in nature and can include nail polishes which discourage biting your fingernails, making the act displeasurable. Mouthpieces have also been used to stop biting nails.

    For more severe cases where simple treatments fail to work there is behavioral therapy. A therapist can help in replacing the bad habit of chewing your nails with a more constructive and desirable habit. Most teens generally grow out of the habit though, so it is rarely ever a long term condition.

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  • How to take care of your nails?
    By Health Blog on May 13, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    If you are like most people, you spend your days working with your hands. You clean with them, you cook with them you spend hours pounding away at a keyboard using them. The problem happens when your nails begin to show damage for all that you do to them. If you are hoping to have great looking nails for a long time, you will need to invest some serious attention in your nail care. The good news is that it does not have to be a hard process to follow.

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    Start with a good cleaning. Use a nail brush for the hard to reach underside of your nails. You also want to focus on the tops of the nails, giving them a once over with the brush to loosen and remove any debris or dead skin cells there. Next, use a cuticle trimmer to push back and trim those cuticles. This aids you in having great looking nails but it also helps the nails to grow back faster and better. You will want to be careful not to cut yourself here as that is worse than having the cuticles in the first place. Also, remove any hangnails you have.

    Do invest in manicures and pedicures. Pedicures do clean up your nails as mentioned above, but they also help to moisturize the nails and add good nutrients to the nails and the surround tissue. This is beneficial to your overall look. Also, consider having a professional pedicure and manicure at least one time every month. This makes an incredible difference in your nail care.

    When choosing products to apply to your nails, you should keep these things in mind.

    • Choose a product that is as healthy as possible. Some nail polishes and other applications are available as organic or less toxic versions. It does make a difference!

    • Choose products that are middle of the line in terms of costs. Quality is important for a professional look.

    Choose colors and styles that you like. After all, you do want to enjoy those nails yourself. Keeping up with your nails does not have to be difficult. Invest just a few minutes each day for touch ups and about an hour once a week and you will have some of the most amazing looking nails in your area. Moreover, you can definitely count on quality if you do take care of your nails on a regular basis.

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