What is Onychophilia?
Onychophilia or Fingernail Fetish is a Partialism Fetish in which fingernails are used for arousal and/or gratification. It can involve the color, length, curvature, width, thickness, and design of the nails.
Onychophilia & Its Manifestations
People with Onychophilia tend to get aroused by fantasizing or the actual sight of long fingernails. It does not necessarily involve sex. Most of the time, Onychophiles are satisfied in acts of sexual gratification involving the sight of long, well-maintained fingernails. The sensation produced by the nails slightly grazing against the skin can also provide additional erotic stimulation leading to orgasm.
The exact origin of Onychophilia is still not clear. It can develop as a result of sexual imprinting, in which an individual has previous experience with an authoritative woman with long fingernails that caused sexual arousal. There are also Onychophiles who are sexually attracted to the time and effort needed to keep the fingernails well-maintained. For them, the discipline and self-control necessary to maintain long fingernails are sexy and erotically pleasing.
Dos and Don’ts
Biting and/or eating fingernails can also give Onychophile sexual arousal. However, there are any risks associated with such activities. Nail-biting and ingestion can lead to various kinds of skin and digestive tract complications. Improper nail removal can result in open wounds and infection. Fingernail clippings can damage the esophagus and stomach lining.
Before engaging in sexual activities involving the nails, it is important to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Long fingernails provide additional space for bacteria proliferation. Licking or sucking on them can transmit these bacteria into the mouth which could lead to possible infections.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Many hand fetishists and hand worshippers are also Onychophiles. Glove fetishism may also be a part of Onychophilia and their play sessions. This can either be as a punishment so they cannot see the nails or if they are fingerless gloves, be an accentuation.