(HealthDay News) -- Nail biting is anything but healthy, and it's also unsightly.
The first part of kicking the habit is to figure out the triggers that cause you to do it. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this additional advice:
- Gradually quit, such as by not allowing yourself to bite your thumbs, then index fingers, etc.
- Trim your nails short, then coat them with a bitter-tasting polish.
- Get regular manicures.
- In lieu of biting your nails, find a healthier habit. Squeeze a stress ball, or mold some clay or putty.