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Friday, June 30, 2017

EXTREME NAIL BITING Killed THIS MAN: Heart Attack, Infection and Other Complications Of THIS HABIT – READ MORE


Do you or someone you know have a nail biting habit? Please consider this as a warning. Extreme nail biting can be potentially fatal. You might ask, has someone died from nail biting? Unfortunately, yes. This is the story of John Gardener.

John died from extreme nail biting to the point of bleeding. He was 40. He died days after his 40th birthday.

Prior to his death, John had a bad habit of biting his nails. He got immunized to the pain. As a result, he would bite his nails until the skin surrounding them bled. His GP, Dr. Daniel Vernon, noted that John’s fingers were always in bad shape. At one point, John had lost all feeling and sensation due to the numbness of his fingers.
via Providr.com
He was admitted to the hospital for monitoring because his wounds would not heal. He was also a diabetic.

Two weeks after his admission, John died of heart attack after an infection affected his heart. He contracted septicemia because the skin around his fingernails was constantly open and the infection caused a fatal heart attack. This was the reason why he died despite the fact that medical personnel observed improvements in physical appearance.

“It was such a tragedy, we’re all in shock. It’s really hit our family hard, there could’ve been more done to help him”, Jean Gardener, John’s mom, said. “I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else’s son - it’s just devastating."

John’s nail biting habit

According to the Mirror, John’s habit stemmed from severe depression and anxiety. His mother confirmed that John was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old. He had been injecting insulin ever since. In 2011, he had leg ulcers. Doctors decided to amputate his lower right leg to avoid further infection and gangrene. After the surgery, John’s depression worsened as well as his nail biting habit.

The coroner at the inquest, Alan Walsh, said he believed Gardener — who worked as an amateur soccer referee — "had a difficult life" after being diagnosed with diabetes as a baby and coping with twice-daily injections. “This is a death of great sadness to everybody — his death happened so suddenly," Walsh said.
via BBC.com
Why people develop nail biting habit?

According to Bustle, there are several reasons why people bite their nails.

It could be a form of inward aggression.

In reference to Sigmund Freud’s analysis of human development, it could be a fault on our developmental stage and we tend to hurt ourselves in a minor way. In cases when what you want does not always happen, you end up biting your nails, unknowingly.

It could be related to OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

American Psychiatric Association decided that it actually counted as a form of "pathological grooming," alongside such behaviors as plucking out your eyelashes or obsessively picking at spots, and therefore deserved to be part of the pantheon of behaviors associated with OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder. This is still under debate.

It could be a sign of perfectionism.

A study published this year in Scientific American puts nail biting in another realm of behavior: body-focused repetitive disorders, like scratching or patting your own hair. And it seems to tie into one particular personality type that has a higher potential for boredom, stress, and anxiety than many others: perfectionists. 

H/T: Mirror, Bustle

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