Biting your nails and the skin around them is one of the most common nervous ticks in the world, destroying any hope of a perfectly manicured hand for two out of seven of us. That’s a hell of a lot of biting. Stress or anxiety is often the cause of a particularly bad bout of gnawing, and most of the time we’re not even aware we’re doing it.
The stress-induced behaviour is actually a medically recognised condition called dermatophagia, and is probably the most socially acceptable form of cannibalism out there. But while you might be happy to carry on biting to your heart’s content, it turns out that digesting your digits is a lot more dangerous than you’d think.
So if your everyday life if blighted by endless chewing, read on to discover exactly why you shouldn’t be doing it, and more importantly: how to stop.
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