Nail Bite

Nail-biting is known as onychophagia. It initiates as a benign behavior in childhood and becomes self-mutilative behavior in adolescents. Nail-biting is often practiced while the person is under frustration, stress, and anxiety. It can remain associated with other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nail-biting can be stopped by often trimming nails, polishing nails with bitter polish, and wearing tapes on the fingernails.

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Why there are black dots in my nail fold?

Query: Hi doctor,I am getting black dots deep in my longitudinal nail fold that seem like a root. The skin around it gets soggy and white when soaked. I think it is some type of keratin thriving bacteria or fungus. Also, they appear under nails like splinter hemorrhages but seem to burrow under the nail be...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to going through the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like a mixed infection affecting the nails as well as adjacent tissues.So here is what you can do to promote healing:1. Apply antibiotic ointment Mupirocin along with an antif...  Read Full »

How to treat exposed nail bed due to nail biting?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a problem with my thumbnail. I usually wear fake gel nails. I have a habit of biting them off. Once when I bit my nail, the middle portion came off, leaving underneath of the nail exposed. It has been about three weeks. As the nail started to grow, it was growing out like ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) looks like a small bumpy growth. I am not able to see it clearly if it is flat or bumpy. For me, it looks like pyogenic granuloma. It is a benign growth made of small blood capillaries. It is usu...  Read Full »

What causes dark skin around fingernails?

Query: Hi doctor,I bite the skin around my nails, and now I noticed that the skin is turning brownish. I have tried washing it, but no result. Should I be concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the skin remains painful and swells up with reddish discoloration, then you should be concerned and seek antibiotics if needed. Otherwise, just relax. For further information consult an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

What is the swelling present inside the lips without pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has a swelling inside her lips. It is not painful, and it is not getting healed. She consulted a doctor. The doctor told that the swelling had occurred due to an allergic reaction. Is it cancer? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Every swelling is not cancer. It can be a fibroma. It occurs due to trauma or biting lips. The second one is a mucocele. It is a swelling of sebaceous glands. It also occurs due to injury or biting. Both are non-cancerous. Please send a picture of it. So that, I can gui...  Read Full »

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