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Nail Biting and Brittle Nail Remedies

Take care of your hands and nails. Here are ways to deal with nail-biting habits and what to do when your nails are brittle. 

Nail biting remedies . . .

Nail-biting often starts in childhood, and can be an extremely hard habit to break. It is said that the easiest way to stop biting your nails is to become more relaxed, as nail-biting is often associated with pressure, anxiety, or nervousness. (See our related link above for natural remedies for stress and anxiety)

  • Put sticky tape on each finger. By the time you chew through the tape, you probably will have worked off the impulse to chew your nails.
  • Get a manicure at a salon, or do your own manicure. If you pay for your nails, or spend time on them, you're less likely to want to bite them off.
  • Most people bite their nails subconsciously. To get yourself to think about what you're doing, give yourself a small reward for every nail that grows long enough to cut.

If your nails are brittle . . .

  • Don't wash dishes with your bare hands. Wear dry, cotton-lined rubber gloves, available at most drugstores.
  • Some fingernail polishes contain formaldehyde, which can irritate skin and nails. If you think your polish is causing problems, switch to a polish that doesn't contain formaldehyde, or avoid polish altogether.
  • Eat Jell-O. Or you can mix your favorite flavor of Jell-O and drink it while it's still warm, if you don't feel like waiting to refrigerate it.
  • Drink plenty of water. If you're dry, your nails will be too.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to your nails at bedtime. Cover them with cotton gloves and your nails will retain more of the moisture.

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Comments

I have had a nail biting

By Annie Michaels

I have had a nail biting habit for as long as I can remember, my daughters wedding spurred me on to stop, I must admit I think I have tried everything but then came across a book entitled 'how to stop biting your nails'. It explained everything you need to know about why you developed the habit and how to stop it in its tracks, it worked for me, hope it works for anyone reading this. I have not bitten my nails since May 2013.

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