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I Have Dermatophagia

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    I just realized that it had a name.

    I have been biting at the skin around my nails for years thinking it was just like biting fingernails. It is actually something else entirely and it relates to my OCD. Does anyone else have it or used to have it? I really need to stop and it is so compulsive I cannot stop.
    allykate27 allykate27 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 13

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    Phew. I'm Not Alone.

    I have been chewing my fingers since before I can remember...I have stopped for a month or so at a time...but its not going anywhere permanently. Its nice to know I'm not crazy and there are others out there. My fingers are often sore and red...people comment on them...
    intoJesus1 intoJesus1 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 5, 2009

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    Painful And Ugly Fingers...

      I'm at work right now and should not be online but I was looking to see if others had what I had and it's cool to see I'm not alone.  I mean it's not cool because I wish we didn't have this but it's cool not to feel like a freak...  Even as I’m sitting here, thinking...
    lulu909 lulu909 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    My Self Cannibalism

    It is hard to even write this, but it is true-I literally eat my flesh. It is an endless cycle. I have a horrible, repetitive tendency to bite the flesh around my nails and rip it off then chew. My fingers bleed on a daily basis. It is to the point where the shape of the tips...
    yardiegirl yardiegirl 22-25 3 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    I Suffer Every Day From Dermatophagia

    Hello. 41 yrs old. I started in my teens, and have been strugglingever since. Recently found out about the "name". I have used rolls and rolls of Nexcare Gentle Paper Tape to cover the tips of my fingers to help them to heal. To bad it is bright white. Couple years ago...
    Olivia317 Olivia317 41-45 3 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    My Battle With Dermatophagia

    I've been suffering from it for years, since I was in primary school. It got worse through junior school, as I had no friends and often got picked on. However towards the end, i made a few friends, who unfortunately moved away in secondary school. I was questioned pretty much...
    laurenjade laurenjade 16-17 Oct 25, 2012

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    Bandaids

    Recently I have been chewing a lot on my fingers. I have bitten off so much skin on my left pointer finger that it has gone all red and I have had to cover it completely with bandaids. My friends think that it's kinda weird and gross that I bite the skin off my fingers, and I...
    kevin13243546 kevin13243546 13-15, F Aug 6, 2012

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    Unbelievable...

    I am 20 years old. I have been biting my fingernails for as long as I can remember, but in 5th grade, it changed to my knuckles. In about 6th grade it started moving to certain parts of the palms of my hands, and it hasn't stopped since. My hands look as though they have been...
    lwcfootball10 lwcfootball10 18-21 2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    Day 1⃣: I have been struggling with

    compulsive skin/nail biting and I want to stop. It's gotten to the point where my fingers are constantly bleeding and in pain, and I'm embarrassed by how disgusting they look. My dad keeps telling me to just stop, but it's not that easy. I find it nearly impossible to resist the...
    jaclynbeth jaclynbeth 16-17, F 1 Response May 29

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    Disgusted to say that I too have this condition

    with my feet. Now in my 80's - I can't remember never not hurting myself and being ashamed to go barefoot. I have found a chiropodist who, when my feet are not too sore, he treats them and for a time they look fabulous - that is until I start all over again. Be brave and find...
    footsydream footsydream 70+, F May 29

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    Is There Hope??

    I have obsessively chewed on the skin around my fingernails ever since I was about 7 or 8 years old. I am now 33, and I cannot seem to figure out how to stop completely. My fingers - especially my thumbs - are permanently scarred, swollen, and red after years of habitual chewing...
    LouLou318 LouLou318 31-35, F Apr 16, 2013

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    I've been biting around my fingernails

    for as long as I can remember. If I paint my nails, I pick at it. I always blamed it on dry skin which I do have. I also constantly bite my lower lip as well as the inside of my cheeks constantly it hurts. I pick at any bump I find on my skin. I drive myself nuts. I do find that...
    Myusername32 Myusername32 31-35, F Dec 27, 2013

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    I Have Dermatophagia

    I have had this problem for years, i cant remember when it started. I constantly bite my fingers, and pick at them. If I'm not biting or picking then I'm fidgeting something that affects my finger cuticles. I have a great home life, yet for some reason have this awful problem. I...
    brocclie brocclie 18-21, F 1 Response May 8, 2012

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    My 5 Year Old Son Has Dermotophagia

    My son is 5 Years old and he has been biting his skin for about 2 years now and when he starts to bleed on his fingers he starts to bite the skin on his toes. I have been really worried about him and his bad habit and it scares me.. From reading all the comments I didn't even...
    ForAyden ForAyden 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 5, 2013

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    How Do I Stop?

    After suffering from this for over 20 years today I have found out that me biting and picking at my skin is a condition that has a name! I cannot tell you how happy I am that there are more sufferers out there and that its a medical and not purely a mental thing that I do. My...
    redfish08 redfish08 31-35 88 Responses Aug 24, 2008

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    Im So Happy I'M Not Alone

    I started biting the skin off my fingers in secondary school when i was left with no friends. I developed stress and anxiety and now my hands look pretty horrendous. There is marks on my knuckles on my fingers and everyone asks me what they are... I have to cover my hands up all...
    Mwaytees Mwaytees 18-21 1 Response Feb 3, 2013

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    My fingers are so bad.

    I have been trying everything to stop, but the compulsion is so strong that I do not even notice myself doing it.
    allykay27 allykay27 18-21, F Apr 22

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    It's a Disease?!

    i began skin-biting around my nails as a little kid, sometime around 6-7. i'm 29. when i was 19 i was swimming & my boyfriend at the time saw my jagged fingers. his mom did too. she asked what was wrong & i lied, saying i fell a few days earlier. ?! i...
    redmiele redmiele 26-30 6 Responses Apr 2, 2009

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    Dermatophagia

    I just found out today that my bad habit of picking and eating my skin has a name. I learned about dermatophagia by Googling "I like to pick and eat my own skin." This was instigated by a classmate staring at my hands (the skin around my fingers is discolored), and asking me if I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 16, 2012

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    Doing This For As Long As I Can Remember....

    I have been chewing on the skin around my fingertips and my knuckles ever since I was a very small child. I was always very ashamed about it and tried to hide it from my family and friends. I would lie about how the wounds got on my hands. The knuckle on my right hand at the base...
    Wolfbiter Wolfbiter 22-25, M Oct 6, 2010

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    A Very Bad Case

    I've always been a nail biter.  While I don't remember exactly when  I start, I know it started after I move to the States. I was probably 5 years old.  I become anxious, and had alot of anxiety, and when I couldn't bite my nails anymore, I turned to the the sides, which...
    coolchiq coolchiq 22-25 2 Responses Aug 21, 2011

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    A little bit different to most on here.

    . from the age of about 6 or 7 i chewed my nails and the skin around it, i finally managed to stop around the age of 15, however within a month i had started chewing the inside of my mouth and lip.. so although there are so many people here with dermatophagia, i still feel alone...
    KatanyaB KatanyaB 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    My Fingers Are Always Hurting

    I guess I started when i was around 10 or so and have been doing for about 11 years so far. LIke many of you I will start picking and bitting the skin until they are pretty much all smooth and nothing left to pick at. Sometimes that means picking until they bleed and are sore. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 9, 2009

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    I Think I Have Dermatophagia Too :(

    I don't remember when I started biting my fingers, but, I don't remember not doing it so I'm guessing I was pretty young. I used to bite my nails as well but I managed to kick that habit for the most part, every now and then when I'm really stressed I might have a bit of a...
    violet835 violet835 22-25 2 Responses May 20, 2009

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    I've always had this.

    Ever since I was a child I would pick at and bite my toes. My little sister would call me scab toes because both of my big toes were torn up on the bottom. I would rip off so much skin with my teeth and I would bleed. Eventually I stopped biting my toes and I began picking at...
    AudreysMommy AudreysMommy 22-25, F May 17

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    Dermatophagia.....so Thats What It Is Called.

    Ok. So i just turned 29 about a week ago and have been having somewhat of a mid life crisis (last year in my 20's and all that). I have always had really bad anxiety. Chewed my nails since early childhood then moved on to the skin on my hands, around my fingers (and at the worst...
    trypp trypp 26-30, F Aug 22, 2012

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    Better Now

    I am 34, and have been doing ths for as long as i can remember, first started biting my nails and ripping into the skin. this gave me infections on my fingers and was very sore, this was at age 8 ish, then i slowly moved on to my skin, bit canabilistic i know but chewing the skin...
    fishermark1 fishermark1 31-35 1 Response Oct 2, 2010

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    Finger Skin Eater

    I have been peeling then chewing my finger skin for as long as I can remeber. I have no idea why I do it I just know I always have and I can't stop. The only time I stop is if I have my nails done. The nails are too thick n it prevents me from picking at my skin. I will do it...
    Steph1313 Steph1313 26-30, F Jun 11, 2012

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    Relieved

    I don't know what made me decide to google this. I couldn't sleep all last night. When I can't sleep I normally end up googling. I have been biting the skin on my fingers for longer than I can remember now. My left thumb is most affected. I have bitten it so...
    Beingmeinstead Beingmeinstead 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 14, 2009

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    I Feel Like Dermatophagia and Dermatillomania Are Controlling Me

    Quick word of warning: I do not suffer nearly as greatly as some people I have researched, but I feel like I need help all the same. I suppose I suffer from Dermatophagia AND Dermatillomania, so here is my story for both: During my freshman year of high school, I was diagnosed...
    liamaria liamaria 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2009

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    I Thought I Was Alone...

    Amazing group! Reading all of these stories makes me want to cry. I thought I was alone. I didn't even know that there was a medical term for this problem. I have been biting and picking at the skin around my nails and on my knuckles since I was in elementary school...
    Jay9876 Jay9876 18-21, F 1 Response May 1, 2010

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    Well, I Never Figured Biting My Skin Was A Disorder...

    Well, ever since I was around 11, I have always bitten around my finger nails, I would just bite off the skin and eat it I guess, I didn't think much of it, I got to the point where it began to hurt, I wouldn't really care, I would continue to bite it off chew it up and swallow...
    Exario Exario 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 3, 2013

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    From the age of 7 to 15 i ate the skin around

    my fingers and was so embarrassed when people used to point them out and ask what happened. Im 16 now and now i only bite on my thumb joint and its gotten really bad due to a thick layer of skin covering it which always looks puffy and red and is always dry. I have to keep my...
    hamfish hamfish 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 17

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    Me Tooo

    I have been biting the skin around my nails (and my nails, but not as badly) since the 3rd grade. I cannot manage to stop because I don't want to badly enough, and by now I've accepted the fact that my fingers look disgusting. When I was in middle school my mom thought getting...
    stumbleine88 stumbleine88 18-21 2 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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    I am currently 13 and I've had this

    since I had about 6 or 7. I didn't know it was a disorder until I started questioning why. I Googled "disorder where you eat your skin" and the Wikipedia page for dermatologic popped up. It's a form of OCD. OCD isn't just about symmetry, either. It stands for Obsessive...
    PiplupLover488 PiplupLover488 13-15, F Jan 25

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    I am 26 and have only just found out

    that what i do actually has a name!! I am happy to realise that i am not the only one out there to suffer from this. I have to say the first time i realised i was picking and biting the skin around my nails was when i was 16 and waiting for a interview to get on a cadet course...
    clairelouise87 clairelouise87 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    Dealing With Dermatophagia

    Well. Knowing it has a name and seeing that other folks have it is a huge step, I think. Bravo. Thinking back, my Grama had a thumb she always picked that was always buggered up and calloused...and my Grampa picked at any scab...so maybe I came by it honestly. I have been doing...
    CDinTX CDinTX 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2011

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    I've had dermatophagia

    since I was about three... Eleven years on and its gotten worse. I bite at the skin around my nails on my fingers, especially my thumbs. They're hard and red and puffy usually, and most of the time my fingers are bleeding. Its spread to my feet, it stings to walk or even shower...
    pillowfeathers pillowfeathers 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I Thought I Was a Freak!

    WOW! I dont know if im happy of horrified that this is a real disorder. I have been biting my fingers since I was 5, I just found out today about Dermatophagia. I thought I was just a freak! I am worried though because my fingers seem to be WAY WORSE than any picture I have...
    LisaMaria601 LisaMaria601 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 9, 2009

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    My Road Of Recovery

    Hello. I've been suffering with this condition for 5 years now, and over the past 20 days, I've had a miracle recovery. I have tracked my journey and provided tips for recovery on this tumblr site, http://dermatophagiaddiction.tumblr.com I really want to help as many people as I...
    SweetCoffee SweetCoffee 18-21, F Apr 23, 2013

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    Dermatophagia

    Hey,i m Priya i HAD this prblem when i was 11 years.I did not pay much attention 2 wat i was doing & slowly this habit of eating skin increased & so this my parents noticed.They tried their best from stopping me from doing this &even though i tried 2 stop this but some how my...
    priya25 priya25 13-15, F 1 Response May 24, 2012

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    Gross and weird habit

    that I've never really spoken to anyone about. Happy to realize so many other people do it, and I can imagine how many do it and still don't know the name. I've bit my nails for as long as I can remember. But when I was 10 years old, I got braces. Any flaws I see in my nails I...
    ButterflyGirl9521 ButterflyGirl9521 18-21, F Apr 11

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    I didn't even know this was a real diagnosis

    until recently. I'm 25 and I used to bite my fingernails, when I stopped I started biting the skin around my nails. I've done this for a long time. My fingers are mangled. It's terrible and embarrassing. I find myself doing it at work, in my car a lot of the time. I really would...
    FutureMidwife06 FutureMidwife06 22-25, F May 1

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    Why Did I Wait?

    I've had this condition ever since I could remember, at least 30 years. However, until about a month ago I had no idea that 1) It has a real name, 2) So many other people are affected, and 3) That I would be so moved by what I have learned. I now know that I'm not crazy because...
    timetostop timetostop 36-40 1 Response Mar 20, 2011

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    I Thought I Was All Alone.

    I thought i was the only one who bit off my skin. Ive always been ashamed to admit to my friends that i bit my skin off. just yesterday i found out i had it. Ive been doing it since i was 5, when i suddenly thought "Hmm, maybe it would be cool to sit here and bite thru my skin to...
    MirandaJak MirandaJak 26-30, F May 4, 2013

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    I'm a Wolf Biter Too

    I am a male who is now 23 years old. I started this when I was very young. I can't stop... I just can't stop. I wonder if I am happy or sad to find out that this is a real disease. I always thought that I was pretty normal. I always wondered if there were...
    stillman stillman 22-25 3 Responses Jun 7, 2009

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    My Dermatophagia

    I'm slightly embarrassed about it too be honest. I see people staring at my nails when I write in school. I cannot help but bite chunks of skin from around my nails. I pick, rip and bite all around them. My fingers are an absolute mess, and I wish I could just stop doing it. I'm...
    Tealover1 Tealover1 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 2012

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    Just A Little Mad

    I am thirteen years old and I have Dermatophagia (well, duh). It's really odd to see the peeling skin on my fingers and the scabs. It doesn't really hurt much. The pain is kind of pleasing, somehow. I like the sharp tug of the skin being pulled. What I don't like is how it looks...
    ImADinosaurFEARME ImADinosaurFEARME 13-15, F Jan 26, 2013

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    I Have Dermatophagia...

    I've been suffering with Dermatohpagia since i can remeber, I'm 18 now and i have been biting and gnawing at the skin around my fingers my whole life i never knew why i did it or what caused it until recently when i learned that it in fact it is a disease and there are...
    Incubuslover06 Incubuslover06 18-21 1 Response Apr 6, 2010

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    I just recently found out this

    even existed. I always thought it was just a bad habit I had. My fingers are soooooooooooo bad. I have anxiety really badly and I go thru spells where I dont bite or pick and my fingers heal up and look great. Then when I pick I go crazy! I cant stop. I am at my wits end. I am...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 21

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