Researchers at WITS University have found that biting your nails significantly increases your chances of heart disease. They also saw that your life expectancy is likely dramatically reduced to that of a heavy smoker.
Heart problems are caused by bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the inner lining of the heart (endocardium) and/or heart valves.
Bacterial endocarditis occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream, either through nail biting or dental procedures. The bacteria then settle in the heart valves or other damaged heart tissue.
This will eventually lead to extensive damage to the heart, which will eventually cause it to fail.
In addition to nail biting, you can contract bacterial endocarditis through other forms of surgical or dental procedures, and teeth whitening is also the culprit. Other medical procedures (such as colonoscopy, cryoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy) increase the risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream.
Flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, and chills are signs that you may have contracted bacterial endocarditis. You should talk to your doctor immediately. Your doctor will then need to do other tests, such as blood tests and echocardiography (ultrasound), to see if you have bacterial endocarditis.
The usual treatment is a hospital stay for several days with antibiotics. Antibiotics are usually started intravenously in a hospital, but many people can complete the treatment at home. More complicated infections may require heart surgery.
Long-term damage can occur even when bacterial endocarditis is treated. Your heart may be weakened by an infection and may not pump properly, or it may be blood clots or damage to the heart muscle.
People who do not seek treatment for bacterial endocarditis can risk death.