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MONSTER444

392d

I need help. I have a bad mail/skin biting habit and I want to break it I need some tips on how bc I feel like I’ve tried everything but I know there is something out there I haven’t tried yet if anyone has any tips or suggestions please let me know it’s greatly appreciated!!

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    • Quillathe

      359d

      @iloveruii I used to bite hangnails a lot and generally just pick at the skin around my fingers and tried painting my nails. It worked great for me because if I picked at my skin or nails it would ruin the nail polish. I gave myself a goal of making my nail polish last as long as I could.

    • Spence44

      390d

      If nothing else works, I’ve heard that sometimes putting tape over your nails prevents any biting or scratching

      • MONSTER444

        359d

        @Spence44 I’ve never heard of this before this may work for me lol

    • Zubzil

      391d

      I used to do that as well. What helped was having something in my hand like a fidget toy. It gives me something to do w/ my hands & re. You can also try gum if u feel the need to chew

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @Zubzil chewing gum does help some I’m just bad about buying more when I run out 😅

    • Q31525

      391d

      i have the same problem, and while i haven’t tried this yet, i’ll tell you what i’m going to try to do about it. you can buy “no more biting” or “anti biting/thumb sucking” nail polish that’s supposed to deter you from putting your fingers near your mouth. it supposedly has a very bitter taste to it and i think it just might work for me. i do the same thing, biting my nails and the dead skin on the tips of my fingers.

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @Q31525 oh I think I’ve heard of this I’m going to try this too!

    • Oliviaaaaa

      391d

      I used to have a real bad nail biting habit, but I used this old trick my mom would do to my brother as a kid. He used to chew it down to his skin so he'd just stick his fingernail in a hot pepper, or something like that and when he bit his nails he wouldn't wanna do it again.

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @Oliviaaaaa my mom did the same when I was a kid and I ended up liking it lol

    • rustyshackleford

      391d

      are you in the USA? If you are, see if you qualify for medicaid. All of my meds are covered 100%. Without it, I'd be out of luck, because all my meds come out to over $3,000 a month, which is more than I make.

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @rustyshackleford I’ll have to check this out

    • simplemeow

      391d

      I'm exactly the same the skin around my fingers is ruined - getting my nails done or painting them myself does kind of help? But not long term, the only thing I've found is getting someone to persistently check so my best friend will instantly tell me to stop if she catches me picking. I also have a kind of points system with myself so one bad finger equals one point and I tally them up each day and the goal is to have the least amount of points by the end of the week

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @simplemeow I like this idea of the point system I’ll have to try this too!

    • dayo

      391d

      I've heard people who have a nail biting habit have gotten acrylic nails and that helped them curb the habit.

      • rustyshackleford

        391d

        @dayo it worked for me. I got them for 6 months back to back, now I haven't had them for almost 3 years and I no longer bite my nails

    • AnimalBoy

      391d

      I replaced it with chew necklaces but it didn't last long for me because I also have a sensory issue with having nails and don't like using nail clippers on my fingers

    • rustyshackleford

      391d

      Getting my nails done professionally made a difference in my nail biting. It's much harder to bite acrylic nails than natural ones. Down side is not everyone cares for them, and they are expensive

      • MONSTER444

        390d

        @rustyshackleford my youngest sibling helped me put on some nice press on nails so I’m hoping this will help some

    • Bonez85

      391d

      I know this sounds strange but there is a necklace on Amazon.com called chewy necklace it's a sensory necklace but might help

      • MONSTER444

        391d

        @Bonez85 I will def try this!

    • Utahperson

      391d

      Do you have anxiety? Take a prescription medications to help

      • MONSTER444

        391d

        @Utahperson I do have anxiety but I do not have insurance nor can I afford it without insurance

        • Utahperson

          391d

          @MONSTER444 do you have a doctor's volunteer clinic? There are antidepressant s that cost only 10 dollars a month. Do you have a pro rated medical Center that is based on your income?

    • iloveruii

      392d

      I have ADHD, and I used to have a severe nail biting habit, for the most part, I play games, draw, and do things I enjoy to keep distracted

      • Quillathe

        359d

        @iloveruii I used to bite hangnails a lot and generally just pick at the skin around my fingers and tried painting my nails. It worked great for me because if I picked at my skin or nails it would ruin the nail polish. I gave myself a goal of making my nail polish last as long as I could.

        • IAng

          359d

          @Quillathe I also recommend mail polish. I tend to pick at my skin if there is none.

      • iloveruii

        392d

        @iloveruii It's hard to keep away from a habit with ADHD, but I make goals not to bite my nails, and I looked up how gross it was to like gross myself by the thought 😩

        • MONSTER444

          391d

          @iloveruii thank you I’ll try to keep my mind busy on something else

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