Why You Shouldn’t Bite Or Pick The Skin Around Your Finger Nails


We’re so used to having some habits, knowingly or unknowingly, we continue to do it, whether it’s gross or unhealthy.

The most common is biting your nails, which is usually a direct response to stress.

Similarly, people often like to pick and bite the skin around their nails. Though you may not even realize you’re doing it, you should probably stop.

Apparently, by having a good chomp on that area, you’re ingesting more germs than you should be.

What’s even worse is that you’re opening up the under layer of your skin to bacteria, which could cause serious infection in that area.

The act of doing this actually have a name, and is known as dermatillomania. Two out of seven people reportedly suffer from the condition, which can cause irreversible nerve damage, as well as permanent damage to your nail bed.

If you have dermatillomania you can get rid of it, with the NHS advising that you should see your GP so they can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for a form of talking therapy that can be used to change your skin-picking behavior, combined with a network of emotional support.