Warning: Biting your nails can lead to infection no one can imagine

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Last updated: 30 January 2020, 06:07 GMT

A netizen catches the attention of social media users as she issued urgent health warning when her friend was rushed to hospital just because of biting his nails.

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The Facebook user, not to mention her name, posted pictures of her friend’s finger that had swollen up and turned purple and yellow which is a sign of deadly infection.

The Facebook post, which was in public turned to private and has since been shared by many netizens, warned:



"A message to nail biters out there STOP!!!

"Someone I know who prefers to remain nameless who bites their nails ended up having to get rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary today for emergency surgery because they had bitten their nails down too far and had got an infection in the finger.

"This person had been to two chemists and spoken to two separate pharmacists over the past few days who had advised to use magnesium sulphate and keep it covered but it still got worse"

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The netizen added that doctors warned her friend that the infection could have travelled up his arm, and might cause of his death if he hadn't sought help.

"When we finally went to the A&E this morning was told if left much longer it could have been fatal as the infection was travelling up the arm hence the emergency surgery!"

she wrote.

"So please please stop biting your nails!!"

After the surgery, the man was put on an antibiotic drip for a few days, and unfortunately lost the nail in his infected finger. As of now, it’s uncertain if it will grow back.



According to a health website, symptoms of the infection can include redness around the nail, tenderness of the skin, changes in the colour, texture or shape of the nail and blisters.

Meanwhile, the paronychia is easily preventable.

The health website advises:

"Good hygiene is important for preventing paronychia. Keep your hands and feet clean to prevent bacteria from getting between your nails and skin.

"Avoiding trauma caused by biting, picking, manicures, or pedicures can also help you prevent acute infections."




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