Biting your nails and the skin around them is one of the most common nervous ticks in the world, destroying any hope of a perfectly manicured hand for two out of seven of us. That’s a hell of a lot of biting. Stress or anxiety is often the cause of a particularly bad bout of gnawing, and most of the time we’re not even aware we’re doing it.

The stress-induced behaviour is actually a medically recognised condition called dermatophagia, and is probably the most socially acceptable form of cannibalism out there. But while you might be happy to carry on biting to your heart’s content, it turns out that digesting your digits is a lot more dangerous than you’d think.

So if your everyday life if blighted by endless chewing, read on to discover exactly why you shouldn’t be doing it, and more importantly: how to stop.

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Firstly, by eating the skin around the fingers, you’re ingesting more germs than strictly necessary. By doing so, you also expose the under layer of your skin to other bacteria and germs, which puts you at risk of a serious infection.

So what can you do to stop yourself biting yourself to death? According to site Auntie Acid , there are two main forms of therapy that can help you to stop:

Habit reversal training. This technique helps you identify the situations, stresses, and other factors that trigger skin picking. Once you’ve done this you can find other things to do instead of skin picking such as squeezing a rubber ball. This will help ease stress and occupy your hands.

Stimulus control. This therapy involves making changes to your environment to help curb skin picking. For example, you might try wearing gloves or Band-Aids to help prevent feeling the skin and getting the urge to pick.

While dermatophagia might seem like a strictly human condition, it would seem that there are a whole host of other animals out there that love nothing more than a good chew. Parrots, for example, have been shown to gnaw on anything they can get their beaks on, as the video over on the next page proves.

Petty the parrot has his own biting addiction, and it’s not fingers. It’s keyboard keys. When you’re trying to settle down and get on with a little bit of life admin, the last thing you want is your pet bird taking the words out of your hands. Literally.

While this parrot proves humans and birds aren’t as different as you’d think, one man has attempted to completely blur the lines between bird and mammal with a little help from cosmetic surgery . But not just any cosmetic surgery: he actually cut off his ears to look more like his feathered friend.

Firstly, by eating the skin around the fingers, you’re ingesting more germs than strictly necessary. By doing so, you also expose the under layer of your skin to other bacteria and germs, which puts you at risk of a serious infection.

So what can you do to stop yourself biting yourself to death? According to site Auntie Acid , there are two main forms of therapy that can help you to stop:

Habit reversal training. This technique helps you identify the situations, stresses, and other factors that trigger skin picking. Once you’ve done this you can find other things to do instead of skin picking such as squeezing a rubber ball. This will help ease stress and occupy your hands.

Stimulus control. This therapy involves making changes to your environment to help curb skin picking. For example, you might try wearing gloves or Band-Aids to help prevent feeling the skin and getting the urge to pick.

While dermatophagia might seem like a strictly human condition, it would seem that there are a whole host of other animals out there that love nothing more than a good chew. Parrots, for example, have been shown to gnaw on anything they can get their beaks on, as the video over on the next page proves.

Petty the parrot has his own biting addiction, and it’s not fingers. It’s keyboard keys. When you’re trying to settle down and get on with a little bit of life admin, the last thing you want is your pet bird taking the words out of your hands. Literally.

Source: https://www.interestingthingsdaily.com/do-you-pick-the-skin-around-your-nails-read-this-and-youll-never-do-it-again/?utm_content=buffer0c9bf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#_