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How do I stop biting my fingernails?

I have shorter nails than all the boys at my school. I just want pretty nails!

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Well, you can wear fake nails. I have never had this problem, but I have still heard that fake nails can reduce the urge to chomp down on your yummy fingernails!(; Also, hand sanitizer works. Make sure you buy a generic brand, maybe from Wal-Mart, one that doesn't smell like cookies or tropical fruit or mint or candy. It should smell like normal hand sanitizer! Or you could just paint your nails. If you don't like the color on your nails, or you do gymnastics, you could just do a clear coat of nail polish. Nail polish DOES NOT taste good! Especially the clear kind! You could also chew gum. Some people bite down on their nails when they're hungry, not just angry or nervous or anxious or excited. Did you know that when you chew gum, you are tricking your brain into thinking that you are full? So, gum would be a good choice. Try not to get food on your fingers that you can lick off. That will not help you, it will only make you want to sneak a bite on your fingers. So, I hope this helps, and good luck!

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helpful i bite my nails too
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Lemon juice

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Lemon juice tastes good and I also have bad skin around my nails so if the juice got in it would STING.
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put band aids on them, it will cover them up then you will get used to not biting them
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also use your teeth to peel grape skin. it will keep you busy.
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also the band aids will help heal the skin
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Put something that tastes gross on your nails such as bathing them in pickle juice, vinegar, etc etc.

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rub garlic on them.

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i do it when i am never or angry so now i have resorted to squeezing those stress balls or you could just paint them and that will make you stop or just keep your hands always at your sides when you have the urge to do so.

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rub onion or chile on them so that the bad taste or the spiciness would prevent you from biting them

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nailpolish! or I get acrylics.

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Chew gum and put garlic on fingernails. Also helps them grow beautifully
Then paint them

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Start chewing gum:)

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Bubble gum and try putting something awful tasting on your nails.

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pant them or wear fake nails. I guess that helps, idk I don't bite my nails-good luck

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I used to bite my nails but if you keep them profesionally done and hand sanitizer on them you will not want to bite em.

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If not already, wear nail polish!

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I use to bite my nails, I used "Quit It" which really helped ! I used the same product when I was younger to stop sucking my thumb and it worked then also. Can buy at the drug store. Good luck:)

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to get me to stop sucking on my thumb when I was little, my mom put hot sauce on my thumb. lol. now I like hot sauce.
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Gum

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dips ur fingers in rubbing alcohol its gonna taste bad u will stop quick

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you will die if you drank it
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nail biting is very common my g.f and I have the same problem. I had it ever since I was 6,. for me it when am nervous tense, worried or just totally stressed out. its not easy to just stop. some say use vinegar and other things on top but all I did wash them. I wish there was good fast answer. what is best is what causes it and try to stop. its hard , I was able to for a week. but gave in. its like an addiction. some over come others don't. read up on success stories. don't give up. im 41 and I still am trying to quit. it hard.

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I have the same problem!! ughh well Its usually comes from stress and when we get nervous or sometimes just bored but anyways I just paint my nails with a clear coat (the thicker the coat the more it will help stop you) also you just have to tell yourself to stop! you can do it!

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One of my friend's kid do that ,so ,she put something very bitter stuff on her figures,you know,the eatable stuff,then ,that girl stopped.

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dammit that bitter stuff doesn't work on me whyyyyyy!!!
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Katyusha isnt it a rocket arty?
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rocket arty? i think i know what your talking bout but more details please
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its called "THUM" most pharmacies carry or can order it.
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ya its ok i got it now rocket artillery its all fine now
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i have 2 ways: 1. put hot sauce on your finger nails 2. cut them with a nail clipper and keep cutting them every time they grow out. trust me it works

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but what if you can just bite through the nail polish they have to to bite nails,i even try to use the dog bitter spray(i actually thought that was going to work)NO it didn't.

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Really just making the decision to stop did it for me. Of course you'll find yourself biting your nails without thinking about it, so you make yourself stop. Over time you become more conscious of it and are easier able to stop yourself.

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Wrap some tape around it. That's what my piano teacher does to keep himself from biting

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maybe you could try growing your nails out like me and if that doesn't work then wear long fake nails all the time till they are long

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put a small rubber band on a finger and lift and let go quickly when you are going to bite your nails. (IT REALLY WORKS!)

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Dip your hand in something you don't like the taste of. It works! I recommend the cat spray.

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JDolles

Duct Tape them to your dog. PROBLEM SOLVED

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I love your username!!
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lol. thanks
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You can put something on them like lemon juice or a bitter concoction but, I would get checked out because perhaps, you have a bit extra anxiety.

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*sigh* I've answered this question about seven times!!!! Apply a nasty substance on your nails.

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biting your nails is caused from a lack of magnesium in the body, if you ate more foods that contained small amounts of magnesium you wouldn't feel the meed to bite your nails

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Paint them ! thats what i did . painting them keeps you from having to bite them . plus , nail polish will help them grow !

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put carmex chap stick it tastes bad so you wont want to chew them. that's what my friend does and it works

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That's a very good Question? Were happy that you asked. BY STOPPING

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-Spray them in perfume (Works VERRYYY well lol)
-Put an elastic band on you wrist. Snap it lightly on your wrist every time you catch your self biting your nails. Your brain will start to associate biting your nails will pain and your urge to bit them will go down.
-Chew gum instead
-Wear fake nails, you can't bite them off and by them time the fake ones fall off, your real nails will have grown longer then your nails will be so pretty you won't want to bite them off:)
-Paint your nails

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This may sound silly, but it's actually helped me over come the same exact addiction:
Just put a piece of tape over each nail of your fingers, and then, when you bite your fingers, it won't feel 'right', and it'll make you stop!

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Maybe if you paint them?

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first, get control of yourself, u have a good heart and that's pretty, second put something on your nails u don't want in your mouth like hot pepper juice, tabasco sauce, etc...get your insides feeling pretty. I did it! confidence and guts wahoo
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chew on a straw for a while

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Soak your nails in nail polish remover

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i bite my nails but um i never tried any of the stuff everyone is talking bout i just don't think bout it and it works i don't look at them and it works but not for long after a week i finally eat them its weird and then i have tried doing everything i could i just never find a solution i hate it its very unattractive to boys or men but it sucks and you know what did work is putting something really nasty that you don't like and it works and my nails are nice and long so try it put something you don't like on your fingernails and then see if it works byeeee!!!!

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try n bite your toe nails??.. think back till you first can remember you started biting your nails an what happened to cause nail biting a troubled emotion within yourself you turned it into a habit to release tension on a mood for instance like did you start biting as way to gain security.. what is it your thinking when realise your biting too hide a hurt feeling?? you may try thought training thru subconscious when you go to bed concentrate tell ur ur subconsise i will not bite my nails 5 to 10 mins or till you fall asleep and when you wake up you,ll be thinking i feel great an don,t need to bite my nail if worst comes to worst get a recording done and listen to it it till you fall asleep. you trained yourself to bite your nails so train urself to stop.

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Don't use your teeth, that is just bad for your health Lady. why don't you just use nail clippers instead.

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A silly way is that you weave your hairs so you don't have any time for your nails.

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Im having the same problem... But chewing gum or wearing fake nails will help alot...

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apply bitter-guard juice to your nails and when ever you put your nails in your mouth it'll taste bitter by this way u'll stop chewing nails and it help really a lot i have made it to my friend and now she really does not chews it

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by chewing gum, wearing fake nails, and also applying paint to your fingers. it will help a lot.

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put lime juice in a bowl, dip them in there and yes it sounds gross, but put your nails in your mouth and see if the intensity of the sour taste stops you from biting them :D

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I don't know if a distraction would help, but trying wearing random scarfs, messing around with them when you want to chew your nails.

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there is some kind of special nail polish for people who bite their nails, the nail polish is so bitter u will stop biting ur nail!! :)

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eu passo babosa assim eu nao coloco a maoo na boka

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clear nail polish(:

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All you have to do is paint your nails so every time you bite them it has a nasty taste

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I used to bite my finger nails too. Just to get acrylics at a nail salon. That's what I did and you can't bite through those!

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pareces bato

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we generally bite our finger nails when we get nervous, so try to be more patient when you get nervous and try to think about good things

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a liquid comes for small children so they do not put thumb in mouth as it tastes very bad just apply it and its easily available in any medical
shops

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Put nasty tasting nail polish on all of your nails except for one, which you leave unpainted for biting. Once you stop biting all other nine nails, paint your last one and work on not biting it until you have broken the habit all together :)

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I put nail polish on mine and it stops me from biting them

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Nail polish,lemon juice,garlic, basically anything gross you hate tasting

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put band aids on your fingertips and then put lemon juice on the band aid

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I usually put nail polish on them

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just stop biting them

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put nail polish on your nails

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paint them

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just put something you may not like on them to let you know not to bite them and if u dont like it u will stop doing it





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mavala stop its a liquid paintnail polish that you put on your nails. if you try to bite your nail it will taste disgusting. it stopped me it should stop you

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You could get shellac nails if they aren't too short and you can't really bite through shellac and they will grow. Shellac stays on for two weeks and you can get a lot of growth in two weeks. I've done it! Good Luck! :)

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close your mouth

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put hot sauce on them

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There is something called "THUM" that you could get from any pharmacy it is specifically made for this type of problem. As other responses it is similar to a nail polish THUM lasts for a long time on the fingers/nails and it prevents you from biting your nails because it has a bad taste to it.

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Tell yourself every time you bite your nail you will gain a pound

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"No Bite" nail polish. Tastes really horrible and it's clear. So you could use it by itself or even as a top coat over a pretty color.

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Put socks on your hands!!! Every time you go to bite your nails you will get a sock! Lol

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Try gum or even chewing on a pencil

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Put some chile or hot sauce

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their is a hypnotist that helps people stop smoking and he has been very successful. His procedure worked on three of my friends, can't hurt to try!

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I usually chew gum to make me stop, but if you don't like gum (you should), then wear gloves.

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you can try to nibble on your knuckle it might help

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put clear nailpolish on ( three coats) it will taste bad when u try to bite them

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put them in lemon juice so it will be sour and u would not want to bit them

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I used to have the same problem til the end of high school. I tried just whenever I had the urge to bite my nails I would think of something else to do with my hands, such as pinching my finger, biting my cheek, painting my little numbs, or snapping. once my nails started growing the urge became less and less it took a while but now my nails are beautiful. note: don't expect your nails to look beautiful the first time they grow out. I don't know about you but I damaged my nail bed/ cuticles so it took a while for them to look pretty again. Also go out and get your nails done like a mani/pedi when they grow out treat yourself for stopping :) hope this helps

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BEST ANSWER is chewing gum

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There's a special nail-polish-like thing that has an effect of making you hate biting your nails. Once you bite a nail, a disgusting taste will stay for around 10 minutes, it will help you remember not to eat them, and after around 2-3 weeks, you'll quit it willingly.

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When you have a urge to do so, wrap tape around your fingertips so when you chomp down another thing will hat ya!

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Some Methods for stop biting Fingernails:

1) Get Ready for a Change : Confront your problem, Visualize yourself with strong, healthy nails.
2) Cover Your Nails with Adhesive Bandages : After a few weeks, take off the adhesive bandages.
3) Take it One Nail at a Time : Pick at least one nail to "protect" at a time, Go a few days without biting that nail, Pick another nail to stop biting, Continue the process until you have successfully avoided biting all of your nails.
4) Keep Your Hands and Mouth Busy : Find a habit to take the place of nail biting.
5) Use a Nibble Inhibitor : Paint a nibble inhibitor on your nails to discourage yourself from chewing them
6) Cover Your Nails : Cover your nails with nail polish, Wear fake nails, Cover your nails by wearing gloves.
7) Maintaining Healthy Nails : Maintaining Healthy Nails, Keep your nails relatively short

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