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Habit of biting nails, accidentally bit of tons of layers leaving hardly any nail. Will it grow back?

Over the years, I have had a bad habbit of biting my nails . Recently, it has gone down, but I had a bit of a relapse and bit my left thumb nail down alot. I did not make the nail shorter, rather I bit off a ton of the layers so that my nail is not bumpy, and in some parts very squishy. I feel like there is harly any nail left and am worried that it wont grow back and it will stay squishy for the rest of my life. How will it grow back, and will it grow back? The squishy part is at the part of my nail where it goes into the skin.
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to Healthcare Magic.

As per your query you have a habit of biting nails and accidentally bit multiples of layers leaving hardly any nail. Now you like to know any possibility of nail growth.

After reading your query it appears that you have a impulse of eating your nail. So before you go for any nail growth possibilities yo should correct your nail biting habit strictly. This is the most important part in your nail growth. You can take help of a counselor or a psychiatrist in treating this impulse.

Now for your nail growth if the root of the nail is not damage then the nails can grow back easily without any medications or any treatment.
Stop nail biting at once and go for best protein diet!!
Hope these informations will help. If you have further queries I will be happy to help.
"With good and healthy nail wishes"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology & STDs)
Answered: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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