Worst Health Habits - How to Deal with Your Worst Health Habits
Just how bad is it to eat a whole bag of chips in one sitting? Or sip more than one glass of wine a day? Here, a ranking of the things we do when we think no one's looking and how to stop.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
This pervasive habit is sometimes a sign of an underlying mental health condition, such as anxiety or an impulse control disorder. It isn't likely to cause long-term damage or interfere with fingernail growth as long as the nail bed remains intact, but it can lead to infection. As you chew on your fingertips, bacteria or possibly even pinworm eggs under the surface of the nails can enter your mouth. When you have a sore on your lips or in your mouth, it's even easier for germs to get in.
If I didn't get you with "pinworm," go to your pharmacy and pick up one of the bitter-tasting clear polishes designed to discourage nail biters from biting. Research shows they really can work.