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There are lots of nail polishes that taste terrible and make you stop biting. You can find these special nail polishes at most drugstores, just ask the staff.
Also keep something to keep your hands busy, like putty.

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when you go to bite your nails at that very instance ask your self why, you may find out something about yourself
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nail polish will help you stop biting your nails.
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When you go to bite them, try doing something else when you feel like biting. Like replacing the habit.

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never helps.
she needs to get nails.
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choose one "safe" nail every 2 days, and if you need to, wear gloves. When you find out that you haven't bitten that nail for 2 days, reward yourself.

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Try using a topical solution that makes biting them taste bad...

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Use nail polish. Then when u bite them it will taste bad

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no becuz i still bite my fingernails with nail polish on the but what if she bite her nailpolish off or use nail polish removevor to take of the nasty nail polish and start bitting her fingers again
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they make a bitter brush on oil for that issue you can get it in any beauty supply store my son had the same issue

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Nail polish

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Sit on your hands every time you feel like biting them or when your standing pit hand behind back

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it is not pit it is put in correct termanology
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everyone makes mistakes cat26342 No one is perfect
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right!!!
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It's "terminology" cat26342.
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Thanks Briana :)
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Your welcome!!! :)
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nail polish or draw constantly even in class or not

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i had that problem nail polish works..........not long my dad got tired of seeing me do that so he made me dip my fingers in VINEGAR they tasted horrible and the smell was embarrasing in school so i stopped and now my nails look beautiful

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thanks
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i hope it works 4 u
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not to show off but they do
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really cool dude awesome
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yup it sucked w/ the smell
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why the F*ck wud u make me go to that page , i CANT even READ it.........................
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It's a habbit, right? Well, my dad use to have hobbit, try not to bite them, whenever you're doing it, you can do something else using your fingers. :D

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it is habbit not hobbit that is a character in a book called hobbit
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uh.....we know.......
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It's a bad "habit".
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I used to have this very same problem, and I broke it very easily and the answer (for me anyways) was so simple. Just think about this. My biology teacher saw my chewing on my nails one day and she asked if I would mind helping her with a project. So she took a sample from under my fingernails and placed it under the microscope. What I saw was so revolting I never chewed my nails from that day on. Think of all the things that are under your nails that are going into your mouth. You touch so many things during the day, toilets, door knobs that other people have touched, dirt, you've gone to the bathroom and (hopefully) wiped lol. Seriously, it worked for me. And if that still doesn't break your habit, then I would just go with what everyone else said and buy something bitter to put on them. Good luck! :)

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Mine might not be as descriptive as the others, but it works! Cover your fingernails with plastic (not fabric) band aids, you will stop with in 3-10 days

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Hot sause

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I would suck on my finger nails all day lol...
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i love spicy foods
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lolllllll
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i do that.
i just gave up and called it an habbit.
try getting nails.

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You could always try to embrace your nail biting nature and show self-control and bite them down so there's just enough left of the nail to be useful at things like scraping off stickers from smooth flat surfaces. At that point you aren't doing anything a nail clipper set wouldn't be doing for you. Then look at them. Do you want them to be longer? If so, maybe try the nasty tasting polish approach. It really depends on what you want them to look like. As long as you don't bite them down to unreasonably small nubs that damage the nail bed, there's no need to give up a habit that you enjoy! Then again, it is true that nails collect all sorts of weird stuff. Maybe you should just go the bitter nails route!

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used my pics really copycater
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dont be hateing
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Spray Lysol on your fingernails

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Just stop aye

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wear some gloves.

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Nail polish or put chili powder under your nails

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smash them with a hammer every time u catch yourself doing it

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lollll
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That would hurt!!! O.o
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I agree Briana
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I'm feeling like this answer is going to work ... Is it just me ?
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maybe.....lol
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Ikr @Scoops_of_ice_cream lol
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:) lol
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ya.. :) lol cx
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use a stress ball when ever you feel like biting squeeze the stress ball

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Just get a different habit dealing with your fingers like like constantly scratch paper,then you'll see that you'll start to see that your fingers will that your finger's will get very un-comfortable.

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tape your fingers

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hey jessicamulkey
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hey
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put somthing you don't like.

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If the things already suggested don't work go to the pet store and get some bitter apple or I think there's a bitter orange. These are things that will keep a bird or a dog from chewing or biting on things. It just might help you. I don't think it will hurt you but I'd read on the pkg.

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put some pepper/ hot sauce on your nails and if anciently bit your nails you would see what would stop happening

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....Have a hair elastic on your wrist..so when u go to bite your nails, instead play with the elastic :) hope that helps!!

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Put nail polish remover on your fingers and when u wash your hands and when u get done washing them put more nail polish remover on or keep ur hands moving like put two pens in ur hands and start drawing or start wrighting

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put tape on your fingers

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Try putting Nail Polish on then when the Nail Polish dries, dip your fingers in Vinegar. The taste you get when you try to bite your nails is quite revolting, so you might stop.

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Wear fake nails! It's that easy, do you really want to bite plastic

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I know this sounds nasty but I chew mines and swallow them too...

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Tie your hands together

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Dip all your fingers in nail polish remover and then when you go to bite them you will taste the bitterness. or if you like to wear nail polish force yourself not to wear any untill you stop biting them. thats what i did and it worked well

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i now always have beautiful long nails :D
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Love the name @pinkcatsrule (I have actually dyed a cat pink before!!! ) cx
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Thanks :D You actually dyed a cat PINK?? wow What did the cat think of its makeover? :D llol
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lol :) H|ow cool!!! cx
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I think she liked it!!! lol
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Actually you must remind yourself that it is a bad habit at first to stop it ,if you feel discourage to stop it , wear surgical rubber gloves for a while as someone here advised you ..

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put like lemon juise or tariaki on them

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its easy :) just dip your fingers in nail polish remover every morning. when you go to bite you will get a bad taste... eventualy you will learn not to bite at all.

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put ear wax on your fingers and stop picking your valley

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very helpful
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just make yourself know that you can stop and put it through your mind that its not good for you and believe me i us to do the same thing:)

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I used to chew on my nails constantly. I've found that using nail polish and chewing a lot of gum or eating snacks help prevent that oral craving/fixation. Also try applying fake nails for the first few weeks so you won't chew on them.

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Put them in your pocket

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Put some gloves on so when you go to bite them, you can't or put some very hot hot sauce on them, and when you bite them, you'll know not to bite them cause they'll be hot

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My mom said that stores sell stuff that tastes bitter and you put it on your nails so you can stop biting them. ps, I still bite my nails

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Just dont bite them, you want your nails to be pretty right?

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I have the same problem just do something that involves your fingers it helps you get your mind off of chewing them.

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paint them, and then you want them to look pretty and not let the nail polish mess up so you 50/50 wont bit them. [it works for me I have a horrible habit of it]

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cut them -_-

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i said that to but i said it a diffrent way yours is good too
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Biting finger nails habits indicates towards nervousness attitude, just stay cool and calm to avoid your nervousness. It automatically reduce your nail biting habits.

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Try to keep fingernail shorter and hold something in your hand to keep your finger busy, like cellphone or pen etc.

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nail polishes avalabile at walgreen which tast terrible trust me if you try that you not gonna bit them for ever

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keep your hand busy..in doing some thing

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I used to bite my nails! I put nail polish remover on my nails, when I wasn't wearing nail polish, it helped so much! Or just sit on your hands.

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Put on germX. its good for you and it tastes horrible!!!!!

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Just stop. Just kidding. I can't even stop biting my nails.

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then try not to bite your nail
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you could try distracting yourself by getting some coins and caring them around everiwere you go, or by getting a fake dimond and looking at it all the time, but the best way to stop this habit is by puting tape on your fingers.

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why tape your fingers
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How would you write with taped fingers? Not trying to be a hater, I voted for yours. Very smart and creative. Cool name. And don't worry, I'm not a guy, just a middle-schooler. If you want to talk, my email is PuppyliciousLuver105@yahoo.com
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yeah nail polish will help a lot think bout if you bite them with it on you could get sick cause you can but try a toothpick really toothpick help with a lot of plp problems like trying to stop smoking or something you know because having that in your mouth just gets your mind off whats bothering you because your gonna be focus on the toothpick and you can bite those two if its a biting problem more than just biting on your nails ya know and buy a pack of suckers (lollipops) same thing just taste better :) hope that helps hun.

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put hot sauce on your fingers

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Just ignore the temptation. I use to bite mine but if it wasn't for my sister, I may still be doing. Just have a sibling to annoy you.

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paint ur nails! if they look pretty u wont bite them! there's also nail polish that help with that

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try touching your thumb to each finger when you feel like your going to bite your nails

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Well the first thing to do is to cut your finger nails when they get long

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finger nail polish or vinager

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Well if its that bad get a pic of justin bieber and put it on your nails :D

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i had this problem in 3rd grade because my mom wouldnt let me paint my nails until 4rd grade.in 4rd grade i painted em and i havent bite at them since

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cutting them with a nail cutter. And instead of biting your nails, rub them on your clothes, or nail polish. Also, try tapping with the nails, and give your nails some use. Mine have a few.

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There is a special type of nail-polish hat you apply that doesnt taste pleasing. It is specially made for people who bite their nails so that every time that you go to bite them, you will taste something ugly.
Hope this helps ;)

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This works!!!!
I had a bad habit of pealing or chewing them down till it hurt for days. I no longer bite them as a habit. The solution was to put a nail clipper on my key chain. That way it was always with me to clip off loose or jagged edges. You typically dont go far without your keys. Now I rarely ever bite them and if I do it is by choice. Not because I have to!!

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Nail polish or fake nails.

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nothing really works except for nail polish remover in the day and gloves at night but if ur not getting infections then u have nothing to be ashamed of

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nail polish or fake nails

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nail polish!

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Give the names of your dear ones to every nail.

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Hahaha sad! XD
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Hahaha
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Dip your fingers in lemon juice, then when you try to bite your nails it'll be really sour.

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Well I have the same problem.Just force yourself to keep your hands down. If you put on some nail polish that might work. If that doesn't work, Put lotion all over your fingers. If THAT doesn't work, put on hand sanitizer.

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I used bite my nails so much! But now i put nail poilsh and it tastes horrible!

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before you do dip your fingernails in something you hate!

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candle wax
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Dont put your fingers in your mouth and make biting motions.

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I think you should either find something else to bite on because it is bad to bite fingernails. Or, you can think that when you bite your fingernails, something you will not like is going to happen.

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Just remember that the amount of Bacteria under your nails amounts to that of a cockroach. So when you bite your nails, you enjoy some of that delicious cockroach :)
Isn't biting your nails wonderful?

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It's going to naturally come. Don't force it, keep biting them but one day your going to get tired of biting them and tired of your finger nails looking ugly and trust me you'll stop. I was the same exact way. I would bite my nails and my skin, now that's bad. I stopped but I still get an urge to bite them but not like I use to. It's a really bad habit.

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I used to have this problem and I have really long nails now. Every night, I would apply nail polish remover on my nails. Then, because nail polish remover is very drying, I would put lotion on the skin around my nails. It worked wonders.

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cut your fingers lol

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good idea ..and if you have lice chopp off all you hair if you have a scar on your face chopp you head off
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hahaha just a part of joke... well how old are you? if you are young... than wait, you will eventually leave this habit with the matter of time...
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Just try to stop because i use to bite them too but know i don't.

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by saying stop to yourself

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Stop biting them.. Not that hard..

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just keep washing you hands and then your nails would taste like soap....or think of all the nasty thing you touch with you hands

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just don't eat them just remember that you touch dirty things everyday
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Its easy, dont put your fingers in your math.

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Two things I used to stop biting my nails was this really bad tasting nail polish and restrain yourself to only chew ONLY one nail.

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draw some scary pics in your nails :p so that you get scared every time when you are trying to bite it

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I have the same habit so I askd my sis to hit me evry time I bit my nails and it is working same times

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think about this :
every time you bite your nails think of something disgusting ! like gramaw feet or something and imagine that's what your biting ....o.0

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Dip your fingers in finger nail polish, vinegar, or chili powder, that'll stop ya!!! Fake nails also work too, of if you get nail polish, called Sally Hases's Hard As Nails products, and that should help ya out with stopping too!!!
^_^ HOPE I HELPED!!! ^_^

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Carry a nail file with you. Whenever you feel the part that can be bitten, file it smooth. Worked for me.

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I chipped a tooth in the process. After that I never bit my nails again

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Try putting vinegar on your nails before bed.

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lol i do the same thing....i will bit a pen instead

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You can dip your fingernails in vinegar and don't wipe it off, let it dry on your fingers. Then when you bite your fingernails it won't taste very good!

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1 you can cut off your fingers 2 bite someone elses

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I chew gum because it keeps my mouth busy....(Not like that)

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put hot sauce on your fingernails so when you bite at them then your mouth will burn and hopefully you will quit hopefully you don't like hot sauce so then you will quit

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just think of other stuff to bit like ur pencil I.D ETC

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Take them off! lol! hahahaha!

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if you wont to stop bitting your nails then stop it bitch hahahahah

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get a boyfriend~

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Get a gel manicure, it tastes worse than regular nail polish that's what i do to help me stop biting my nails! good luck! :)

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carry a few packs of bubblegum in your pocket or purse