Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002667
Title: Onychophagia - An awareness based survey on its situation
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Onychophagia is a habit of compulsive nail biting. Nail biting is most commonly seen in both children and youth. Boredom, excitement, fear, stress, and other emotional disorders are the main causes of onychophagia. Modern treatments and measures like manicure are necessary to correct the habit of chronic nail biters. Materials and Methods: This was a survey of 14 questions and was conducted in an online forum, survey planet. This survey was taken by about 103 people who had the habit of nail biting. All their responses were recorded and statistically analyzed. Results: From the survey, it is recorded that all age people take up this nail biting as a habit in various situations to relax their stress, as a sign of breaking their anger, even in immense excitement. Hence, in this study, it is recorded to be that, 64 participants of 103 follow this habit as a stress buster more during their boredom and an interesting event noted from the survey is, 57% of participants stop themselves from biting their nails in front of young people, especially kids, aiming not to influence the growing generation toward a bad habit. From the surveys analysis it is noted that 87.8% of the participants wanted to quit nail biting permanently and they do have tried quitting it by following prevention methods, but ended up as failed attempts and continued with their biting habits again. Conclusion: Hence, among the South Indian population, their perspective among the dangers and risks of onychophagia are clear-cut, and they also aware of the side effects of their own habit. Yet, above all their determination and self-control only plays a key role in quitting this nail biting habit permanently.

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    S. Tasleem Abitha1 , K. Yuvaraj Babu2 *, Karthik Ganesh Mohanraj 2

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    1 Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: K. Yuvaraj Babu, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    S. Tasleem Abitha1 , K. Yuvaraj Babu2 *, Karthik Ganesh Mohanraj 2

    Title:Onychophagia - An awareness based survey on its situation
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2465-2468)
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    Research Materials:Onychophagia

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Anxiety Boredom Nail biting Onychophagia Relaxation Side effects

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