Nail Biting & Fungal Infections

Did you know that the habit of nail biting is closely related to fingernail fungus?  When your hands come in contact with infected surfaces, the fungus takes advantage of the damages on your nails and the skin surrounding the nails to penetrate into the nail bed.  Nail biters contribute to the damaging of the nail, the cuticle and the skin, providing not one, but many entries to the fungus.

Nail biting leaves the nail without its natural protection.  The cuticle serves as a protection from bacteria and numerous infections (it helps also protecting the new nail as it begins growing out of the root), and once the fungus enter your fingernails, there’s no quick and easy fix; in fact, nail fungus treatments take months to finish, even using the most potent medicines available (like Sporanox or Terbinafine).

Although fingernail fungus is a less common than toenail fungus, as a nail biter you are always in danger.  If you still have problems overcoming the habit, follow these suggestions to reduce in some percentage the risk of acquiring a fungal infection:

  • Don’t keep your hands wet and moist a lot of time.

  • If you work with water, wear protective gloves.

  • Keep your hands and nails clean.

  • Don’t share nail tools (nail clippers, nail files, etc.)

  • Don’t’ share hand towels or washcloths.

These actions will minimize to some extent the risk of contracting a fungal infection, but never forget that as a nail biter, your habit is the greatest risk.  The good news is that is never too early to start treatment for nail biting, there are some options that you can begin trying today like using special nail polishes or listening to stop nail biting hypnosis recordings, whatever start working for you.