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Frequently asked questions

  • What is nail biting?

    Nail Biting or onychophagia (Greek meaning ‘nail-eater’) is a relatively common habit that affects people of all ages. The chronic or compulsive habit of nail biting is due to possible anxiety, stress, insecurity and other causes. Studies show that 30% of the population have the habit of biting their nails. The nail biting habit occurs even more among young adults (40%).

  • What are the causes of nail biting?

    There are many causes that can lead to nail biting:

    For example:

    • Anxiety, stress, nervousness
    • Preoccupation
    • Boredom
    • Tiredness
    • Worrying
    • Confusion
    • Guilt
    • Shame
    • Frustration
    • Insecurity etc
  • Why should people stop nail biting?

    Impaired quality of life:

    • Visual Appearance
    • Can come across as bad manners
    • Severe damage to nail and surrounding skin (cuticles)
    • Nail infections and damaged cuticles

    Cause of Infection:
    Disease causing bacteria enter the mouth and digestive system and could cause serious stomach problems.

    Do remember that hands leave a first impression.

    Bitener®, Stop it! Change the habit

  • What is the best way to stop nail biting?

    Aversion therapy

    Aversion therapy is a form of therapy in which an aversive (causing a strong feeling of dislike or disgust) stimulus is paired with an undesirable behaviour in order to reduce or eliminate that behaviour.

    Behavioural therapy

    Behavioural therapy is an action-based therapy that looks to foster positive behaviour change. As its name suggests, behaviourial therapy is focused on human behavior and looks to eradicate unwanted or maladaptive behaviour. Typically, this type of therapy is used for those with behavioural problems.

    Practitioners of behavioural therapy believe that behaviour is learned and can therefore be un-learned via therapy. As well as the behaviour itself, behavioural therapists will look at thoughts and feelings that lead to the behaviour or occur as a result of the behaviour to understand it on a deeper level. There are certain issues that respond particularly well to this type of therapy as well as the associated integrated forms, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

  • Can I use Bitener® longer than 21 days?

    YES! Bitener® is based on the 21 days changing habit routine. Changing a habit is difficult and may vary from person to person. We have included enough liquid in Bitener® to extend the use for longer than the suggested 21 days.

  • Can I use Bitener® to prevent thumb sucking?

    Yes! Bitener® is suitable for children of the age of 3 and older. Apply a small quantity on the tip of the thumb nail only. Apply Bitener® on both thumbs, this will encourage to change the habit!

  • Can I use Bitener® to change the habit of cuticle chewing?

    Yes, however there is no need to apply the product on the cuticle. Applying Bitener® on the nail is sufficient.

  • Can I use Bitener® on top of nail polish?

    Yes, you can. Bitener® can be used on top of the nail polish.

  • Can I use Bitener® before I put in my contact lenses?

    We advise to put your lenses first before using Bitener®.

  • Can Bitener® be used by pregnant women?

    There is no research on the use of Bitener® during pregnancy. We do not recommend using Bitener® during pregnancy.

    Enjoy the beautiful time of pregnancy. We will see you back to stop your child’s habit of thumb sucking.