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I Have Dermatophagia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatophagia 222 People

    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...
    Wolfbiter Wolfbiter 22-25, M Oct 6, 2010

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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...
    fishermark1 fishermark1 31-35 1 Response Oct 2, 2010

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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...
    Beingmeinstead Beingmeinstead 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 14, 2009

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    Is This A Risk To My Health? - Wow, so... I guess this condition does have a name. I guess I never thought to look into it until now. But I don't know... for some reason I was...
    yurii yurii 18-21 Feb 16, 2012

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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...
    KatanyaB KatanyaB 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 6

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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...
    coolchiq coolchiq 22-25 2 Responses Aug 21, 2011

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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...
    redfish08 redfish08 31-35 81 Responses Aug 24, 2008

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    Anxiety, Stress, And Skin Picking - Is it OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety, or just a horrid habit? Not sure, but I have had this since I was 7 years old when my dad came...
    bpryczynski bpryczynski 51-55, F Mar 9, 2012

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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...
    Incubuslover06 Incubuslover06 18-21 1 Response Apr 6, 2010

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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...
    redmiele redmiele 26-30 6 Responses Apr 2, 2009

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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...
    trypp trypp 26-30, F Aug 22, 2012

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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...
    violet835 violet835 22-25 2 Responses May 20, 2009

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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...
    ForAyden ForAyden 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 5, 2013

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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...
    lulu909 lulu909 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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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...
    LouLou318 LouLou318 31-35, F Apr 16, 2013

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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...
    clairelouise87 clairelouise87 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 30

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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...
    laurenjade laurenjade 16-17 Oct 25, 2012

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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...
    Jay9876 Jay9876 18-21, F 1 Response May 1, 2010

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    Dermatophagia - I have a skin eating disorder called dermatophagia. It started when i was six and i only used to bite the skin around my left index finger. now i am 21 and i bite...
    nemesis0824 nemesis0824 18-21 4 Responses Apr 11, 2009

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    I Guess I Was Wrong..? - I think i have more of a Dermatophagia, then Dermatillomania.. I bite my skin AND pick at it.. my nails, the skin around my fingers, my heels, my legs...
    liveXlifeXsimple liveXlifeXsimple 18-21, F 1 Response May 6, 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...
    Olivia317 Olivia317 41-45 3 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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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...
    priya25 priya25 13-15, F 1 Response May 24, 2012

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    I Can't Believe... - I can't believe that this is really something other people have. I'm a pretty severe case, from what I'm reading here. I wear gloves, not to prevent myself...
    Nidas Nidas 16-17 2 Responses Jun 23, 2009

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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...
    stumbleine88 stumbleine88 18-21 2 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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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...
    Exario Exario 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 3, 2013

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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...
    allykate27 allykate27 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 16, 2012

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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...
    CDinTX CDinTX 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2011

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    I Can't Stop - I can't remember not bitting my fingers. It feels like I have been bitting them since I can remember. I don't know why I started or when, my mother even had a photo...
    tlt84 tlt84 26-30 2 Responses May 5, 2012

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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...
    LisaMaria601 LisaMaria601 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 9, 2009

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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...
    yardiegirl yardiegirl 22-25 3 Responses Jan 10, 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...
    kevin13243546 kevin13243546 13-15, F Aug 6, 2012

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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...
    SweetCoffee SweetCoffee 18-21, F Apr 23, 2013

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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...
    lwcfootball10 lwcfootball10 18-21 2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    Biting And Eating Skin On Fingers Since I Was About 13 - I am 26 now and have been biting my skin since I was fitted with fixed braces on my teeth and started to use the metal bits...
    pdwhelan pdwhelan 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Attacking My Finger-tips - i am thirteen years old, and ever since i was younger, i would bite my fingernails. i didn't stress so much about this, because i knew that a lot of...
    leahjetty leahjetty 13-15, F Mar 27, 2012

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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...
    MirandaJak MirandaJak 26-30, F May 4, 2013

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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...
    Steph1313 Steph1313 26-30, F Jun 11, 2012

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    Sooo Dermatophagia - It frickin sucks. Sorry if thts too blunt. I especially hate mine because it on my feet and i cant find anyone like me. I cant find anything on the web about...
    SpaceDementia SpaceDementia 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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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...
    liamaria liamaria 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5, 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...
    PiplupLover488 PiplupLover488 13-15, F Jan 25

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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...
    Myusername32 Myusername32 31-35, F Dec 27, 2013

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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...
    timetostop timetostop 36-40 1 Response Mar 20, 2011

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    Me Too - I can't decide if I'm relieved or horrified to find out this is a real disease. I think I started biting my cuticles when I was eighteen. I am now twenty three. I strive...
    juststoppingby juststoppingby 22-25 3 Responses Oct 28, 2008

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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...
    stillman stillman 22-25 3 Responses Jun 7, 2009

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    Seriously??? - There is a name for it! I have picked the skin on my thumbs for so long. Sometimes the damage is completely wrapped around my thumb. It hurts awful. I hate my...
    Nikido Nikido 36-40 Mar 23, 2012

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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...
    brocclie brocclie 18-21, F 1 Response May 8, 2012

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 9, 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...
    Tealover1 Tealover1 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 2012

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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...
    intoJesus1 intoJesus1 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 5, 2009

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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...
    ButterflyGirl9521 ButterflyGirl9521 18-21, F 5 days ago

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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...
    ImADinosaurFEARME ImADinosaurFEARME 13-15, F Jan 26, 2013

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