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 history is that I bit my nails until I was about 13 when I started on the picking thing then at 16 I stopped biting my nails yet carried on biting the skin around my nails.
Since 18 I have severely bitten the skin around the fingers on my right hand, and over the years less and less the left. I'm at the stage where I don't feel much pain even when there is blood with my right hand yet my left hurts at the lightest 'nibble'. Recently I have moved onto some toes which is repulsive. I pick at them as I am no longer able to get my feet close to my mouth - which I guess is a relief.
The only times I get reprieve is on holiday as my hands are too coated in sunscreen to chew them. My kids have even commented on my poorly fingers and they say I need cream etc for them as they are sore.
So I need and would like some help on what works and what doesn't
Gloves? How can you function with gloves on your hands 24 / 7? Plus I find that certain man made materials hurt my hands as the broken dry skin flakes catch on it.
Are there any creams, lotions or potions I can put on my hands that taste bad yet aren't harmful of ingested?
Other than that - hypnosis, hypnotherapy, CBT, medication......WHAT?
I'm not at the end of my tether but I am an educated 'grown up' person who can't stop biting and picking. I also have an obsession with making skin smooth i.e. picking at scabs, spots and I find myself doing it to the kids and don't want them to be affected by this too.
Any help greatly appreciated!