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10 Strategies To Assist You In Stopping Fingernail Biting

It’s unknown why exactly someone bites their nails but it could be due to stress, boredom, anxiety, depression or simply a compulsive behavior that developed over time for reasons unknown.

Is it serious? In many cases no but there can be permanent nail deformity, dental issues and even infections. Once the habit is established, it’s difficult to break so the best bet is to nip it in the bud when it’s first noticed.

Here are several different remedies to try, the idea is to make the taste of chewing so repulsive that the desire to nibble is weakened and eventually lost altogether. Do they work? For some people, yes…for others, not so much.

If the behavior is stubbornly clung to and hard to break, ask a doctor about testing for calcium or vitamin deficiencies…some believe the impulse could be from the body’s desire for nutrients its lacking.

Treatments & Remedies

*apply daily or as needed

  1. Soak twice daily in oil (such as olive, castor, cod liver)…for 20 minutes at a time
  2. Hot pepper sauce, Tabasco
  3. Tea tree
  4. Aloe vera gel
  5. Cayenne pepper
  6. Chili powder
  7. Vinegar (soak for about 5 minutes)
  8. Lemon juice (soak for about 5 minutes)
  9. Garlic powder or clove (peel clove then rub all over)
  10. Wrap each finger tip with tape, bandaids or wear gloves


Good luck and if I missed your tried-and-true, please feel free to share it with everyone in the section below.