Teenager Almost Has Finger Amputated After Biting Fingernails | 22 Words

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Nail biters of the world, this one is for you...

If you were looking for a reason to stop biting your nails once and for all, then take this as a sign.

The internet has been left horrified this week after a video surfaced of a teen has warning people not to bite their nails after she almost had to have her finger amputated. Yep, you read that right. Amputated.

Keep scrolling for the stomach-churning pictures.

 

Habits can be hard to break.

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And nail-biting is certainly no exception.

Everyone knows they probably shouldn't bite their nails...

Yet many continue to gnaw away - sometimes without even realizing they're doing it.

So many people are nail biters.

Researchers believe around thirty percent of the world's population bite their nails frequently. To put that into perspective, that's 2100000000 people, give or take.

But nobody knows why.

It's not exactly hygienic, there's no hiding that, so why do so many people bite their nails? Well, even the scientists don't really know.

But they do know this...

There tends to be certain situations or emotions that will cause people to turn to nail-biting.

Anxiety and nervousness are big ones.

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Whether you bite your nails when you're bored, nervous, working on a difficult task or do it without even knowing - there are countless scenarios that can lead to nail-biting.

But sometimes, it can be taken too far...

If someone bites their nail too much, their skin can become sore and even bleed.

People have tried countless methods to kick the habit.

Like properly cutting their nails regularly, for example.

Some go to more extreme lengths...

Like wearing gloves. Not very practical but nail-biters on Google claim it kept their hands out of their mouths.

But nail-biting is more than just a bad habit...

It increases the risk of catching illness and infections, which makes total sense when you begin to think about how much bacteria is behind your nails.

And it seems the internet has been left suitably horrified this week when a woman shared the deadly effect that the habit has had on her health...

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Lauren Nichols, a college student from Texas, recently took to TikTok to urge people to stop biting their nails.

The teen uploaded a video revealing how she nearly had to have her finger amputated because of her nail-biting.

"At the start of the video, she said: "To my fellow nail biters, stop what you're doing. I almost had to get the tip of my finger amputated because I bite my nails." Keep scrolling to watch...

She went on to explain that it all began with a green spot on her cuticle.

via: TikTok/Lauren Nichols

Which she first noticed back in January.

After becoming concerned, she headed to the doctors...

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She was then prescribed antibiotics for paronychia, a skin infection that occurs around nails, brought on by irritation or injury.

But the infection didn't go away...

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The green spot kept growing in size, and her finger became more painful.

At one point, it became unbearable...

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So, a few days later, Lauren decided to "pop" the green spot.

Turns out, this wasn't the best decision.

And it resulted in a second trip to the doctors.

She was told she'd need surgery on her infected nail.

via: TikTok/Lauren Nichols

"I go back to the doctor, and it turns out I have to have a surgery," she said. "I dead a** almost had to have my fingertip amputated because I bite my nails."

Luckily, her finger was spared...

via: TikTok/Lauren Nichols

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, she explained further: "He [the docotor] told me that he has to amputate the tips of people's fingers because the infection gets too bad, and that I'm lucky I came when I did"
"I made the TikTok to educate people to not bite their nails because it can have serious consequences."

Watch the full clip below:

Her ordeal has been a serious lesson and has prompted her to kick the habit altogether.
"Since this has happened to me, I have stopped biting my nails because I never want to have to go through that again."