In Australia, 20 -year -old Whithorn has been bullied by classmates at school. Since the age of 16, she has developed the habit of biting my nails. She feels that biting my nails can help her relieve stress and anxiety.
Over time, her habit of biting her nails became worse and worse, and she didn’t even realize that she had completely bite the entire thumb nails, and she stopped until she bleed.
At the beginning, she thought that her nails would grow back after a while, so she didn’t care too much, but her nails did not grow normally, and her nails began to turn black.
In the next four years, she always clenched her fists to try to hide the scars of the thumb to her family and friends. It wasn’t until she found that the black at the thumb did not fade, but her range became bigger and bigger, and even the surrounding skin began to turn black. At this time, she was surprised that she was not right and gathered the courage to see the doctor.
After a series of examinations, Whithorn was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer -the end of the limb melanoma, and the biopsy results showed malignant.
The doctor said that this may be related to the severe trauma caused by her biting the thumb nail.
Since the diagnosis, in order to save the thumb, she has undergone four operations, but because the cancer cells have begun to be transferred, she eventually had to undergo amputation surgery and remove some thumbs.
Although the surgery was successful, WhitHorn’s prognosis was not fully clear. In the next 5 years, she still needs to review regularly to prevent cancer from recurring.
Like Whithorn, many people may have such a “bad problem” more or less when they were young, that is, bite nails, bite the nail bumps, and then tear the surrounding dead skin with their hands … I can’t bear to bear it. Is it sick to live nails?
1. Can I always “bite my nails”, is it sick?
In fact, this kind of repeated nails are medical, which is known as a nail bitter or nails. It is common in children aged 3-6.
Not only biting nails, but also related behaviors include hair pulling, cutting dead skin, molating teeth, etc. These behaviors have a unified term: repeatable behaviors focusing on the body (English for abbreviation in English).
The main causes of BFRB behavior are the following:
Childhood trauma incident: Psychologists have found that some trauma incidents have occurred in childhood, such as the death of their beloved family members, fierce quarrels in the family, or excessive attention or attention of children during the growth process, which will easily induce BFRB behavior.
Negative emotions: including stress, boring, anxiety and depression. The reason why BFRB behavior is difficult to stop is because it helps the emotional improvement, which allows the perpetrator to have a sense of accomplishment, which can relieve anxiety.
Patient self -sorting: Psychologists have found that BFRB behavior is related to the low physical self -esteem of the patient. In essence, BFRB behavior is self -organizing, and patients have a morbid desire for self -sortingation, which also reflects that they are too harshly demanding that their bodies are “perfect”.
Personality and genetic: Studies have found that the higher the openness and neurotic scores in personality factors, or the lower the pleasant score, the more prone to the symptoms of BFRB behavior. In addition, some studies have found that BFRB behaviors have family heredity.
Brain disease: Brain science psychologists believe that BFRB behavior is essentially an impulsive control disorder, which may be caused by damage to the base ganglia and cortical body circuit in the brain.
The reason why BFRB behavior can be “painful and happy” is that impulse control disorders can cause disorders of the brain dopamine reward system.
How harm about biting nails? 4 consequences need to be paid attention to
Some parents may think that isn’t it just bite nails? There is no big deal, so it may be left without any, but the child bite nails for a long time, but these hazards will occur:
1. Cause infection
When biting nails, the bacteria and viruses hidden in the nails may be eaten into the stomach, which can easily cause infection and cause diseases such as dysentery, tapeworm diseases or enteritis. Long -term continuous bite nails may also cause naphic inflammation.
2. Affects the beauty of the teeth
Long -term bite nails, especially after the age of 5, may still bite nails, which may affect the growth arrangement of the oral upper jaw and teeth, causing children’s teeth to uneven.
3. Nail deformation
For a long time, bite nails will damage the tissue around the nails, leading to shorter deck, rough surface texture, unbelized and losing luster, and may also cause nail malformations such as nails to stop growing.
4. Harmly mental health
Children with habit of biting my nails are often criticized by parents or teasing their parents, so it is easy to have a sense of inferiority. It will have a negative impact on the child’s personality and mental health for a long time.
Is there any way to quit this “bad problem”? It is recommended to try the following methods:
Try to cut the nails as short as possible, you can use tape, stickers, etc. to stick to your nails, or wear gloves;
Cultivate a new habit that can replace nail bite. For example, when you want to bite your nails, you can try to play elastic rubber puree or pressure ball;
The process should be step by step. You can not bite your nails first, and then don’t bite your nails, and finally don’t bite all nails.
3. Hidden health secrets, don’t ignore 4 abnormalities
Have you usually observed your nails? In fact, the appearance details of the nails often reveal health secrets. If the following abnormalities appear, it is likely to suggest that your healthy red light! 1. Retic nails horizontal lines
The horizontal lines on the nails are medical or Bobo lines in medicine because of the formation of deck protein temporary resistance, which may be related to the lack of vitamin B, vitamin C, zinc, or calcium.
If most nails have horizontal lines, it may be a precursor to diabetes, deformities, thyroid diseases and syphilis.
2. Nail yellow
Nail yellowing is likely to have fungal infections, and as the infection continues to deteriorate, nail pretend may be retracted, and the nails will become more and more crispy and soft.
There are also a few nails yellow, which may be related to severe diabetes and thyroid diseases.
3. Black vertical line appears
If there is a black vertical line on the nails, it may be caused by melanoma. At this time, a extremely dangerous skin cancer is recommended to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
4. White spots
If white spots appear on the nails, most of them are related to indigestion, calcium deficiency or pest accumulation of children. As long as you pay more attention to nutritional balance and nutritional equilibrium, you can improve.
However, if the number of white spots is large, it may be related to neurasthenia; if the spots are black, it means that there are obstacles to blood circulation, which may be related to gangrene or tumor. These situations are recommended to go to the hospital for further examination and treatment.
If the bad habit of biting your fingers may not be corrected in time, it may cause a lot of health problems.
If you usually bite your nails, it is recommended that you can try some of the quit methods mentioned above. If necessary, you can seek the assistance of psychological or psychiatrists. Do not feel embarrassed or ashamed because of this. This helps to recover health as soon as possible.
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