Health Tip: Don't Bite Your Nails11/01/13
(HealthDay News) -- Nail biting is a common way to cope with
anxiety or boredom, but it's an unhealthy habit.
Here's what the Nemours Foundation has to say about the dangers
of nail biting:
- Biting your nails prevents them from doing their job, from
helping to pick up small objects to scratching an itch.
- Biting nails can lead to tiny openings in the skin, which can
trigger an infection.
- Germs that lurk beneath your nails can enter your mouth while
you're biting them.
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