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Nailbiting

Also known as Onychophagia

Onychophagia (also onychophagy) or nail biting, is a common oral compulsive habit (sometimes described as a parafunctional activity) in children and adults.

Source: Wikipedia

What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with nailbiting often receive psychotherapy, mental health counseling, incision and drainage, standard pregnancy test, corneal transplant, transurethral resection of prostate (turp), coronary thrombolysis and control of epistaxis .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with nailbiting include memantine (namenda), bacitracin (septa), hydroxyzine, quetiapine (seroquel), citalopram (celexa), trazodone, loratadine (claritin), ciprofloxacin, chlorpheniramine / phenindamine / phenylpropanolamine, air, mecamylamine, troleandomycin and indium oxyquinoline in-111 (indium in-111 oxyquinoline) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for nailbiting include age 75+ years, age 5-14 years, race/ethnicity = black and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = hispanic, and age 60-74 years almost never get nailbiting.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
3.3x
15-29 years
2.3x
30-44 years
0.0x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.0x
75+ years
1.6x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
2.2x
Hispanic
0.0x
White
0.9x
Other
0.1x
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