im 20 and ive been eating my finger skin all my life.

i'm 20 and i'm happily married and i have a 6 1/2 month old and i'm pregnant again. but all my life, i mean...since i can remember. i have always bitten and eatin the skin off my fingers, i used to bite my nails too but i stopped that. and i eat the skin on my lips sometimes and even scabs when i get them, i used to cut myself just to get scabs so i could pick them. my husband helped me stop that. the biggest thing i do now is just bite my fingers. and i like doing it, its weird, and my fingers look horrible but it makes me feel better. but i'm afraid of future problems with the skin on my fingers, cuz i've been doing it for years. and i haven't found a way to stop. even strong will doesn't help.

Im 14 years old I just recently started to bite my fingers maybe the end of 2013 I cant really remember it hasnt gotten as bad as some of the other cases but I have bitten to the point of bleeding many times from what I hear it can evolve to be much worse I just got my first bloody toe from biting it and I wanted to see if I was the only and thank God I found this website so i know im not alone my Grandmother suggested putting bug spray or something bitter on your hands I did it for a time and I stopped I thought I was cured of it and then a week later I fell back into it I just wanted to share my case and hopefully I can get rid of this
Im 14 years old I just recently started to bite my fingers maybe the end of 2013 I cant really remember it hasnt gotten as bad as some of the other cases but I have bitten to the point of bleeding many times from what I hear it can evolve to be much worse I just got my first bloody toe from biting it and I wanted to see if I was the only and thank God I found this website so i know im not alone my Grandmother suggested putting bug spray or something bitter on your hands I did it for a time and I stopped I thought I was cured of it and then a week later I fell back into it I just wanted to share my case and hopefully I can get rid of this
i used to peel the skin from my fingers when i was younger. im 27 now and i rarely do it anymore except i now pick the skin on my feet and my face and i chew the inside of my cheek. its driving me insane and i know i have to get help somewhere. i havent gone to my doctor for the worry that he might think im crazy. when i used to pick the skin on my fingers they became so sore that when i was in school i couldnt hold a pen and i could get no work done. then in 2004 i developed athletes foot and thats where picking my feet began. now its ritualistic. i hope you find help for your problem. im going to take some steps towards stopping this. i have picked a small hole into my face and its scaring me that i can go that far without realising what im doing
I'm 47 and have biting and picking my fingers for as long as I can remember. I tried all the treatments when I was growing up but nothing worked. My picking usually ends with bleeding and infections in my fingers at my cuticle area. Today I've been to the doctors to get antibiotics, which I hate, as I have another infection. I can still hear the doctor from my childhood telling me to just stop doing it. Ha. If he could see me now. How pointless his chastising was. I consider myself strong-willed but I don't think this problem I have has anything to do with willpower. I just do it without even thinking. Anyway, I decided to write on this forum as I do have a way to curb my picking and if it helps even one of you it's worth the time to write. Sounds crazy since I've just been the Doctors with an infection but really, it would be 10 infections not one if I didn't go and get my acrylic nails put on. Sounds vain but I promise you that the thickness of the acrylic over my nail means I don't have the ability to pick with the usual precision that I seem to like. The other reason I think it reduces my picking is that I just can't get a hold on the cuticles to start the picking cycle as the acrylic gets in the way. I have to get them re-done (or filled) every few weeks as once they start to grow away from my cuticle I start to pick again. I've had the acrylic nails on for about 18 years and the odd time I didn't have them on, the picking just went wildly out of control. People think I have some sort of excema or dermatitis when I don't have them on. The new Shellac's or Gels don't work as they aren't think enough on the nail. Another benefit is that my nails look nice with the acrylic and paint on them which is something I hadn't been used to ever. I used to hide my fingers. My graduation picture serves as a reminder of how I would hide. I am holding my certificate in such a way that you can't see my fingers but it is quite odd. Anyway good luck to all of. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Daffodil, I have come to exactly the same answer to my problem...acrylics. I am 49 years old and been picking since I can remember. When I have acrylics on, I stop. When I don't have them on, I'm picking all of the time..can't stop. So acrylics is the answer.Glad to hear from someone with the same problem..Elaine
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Hi. I'm so glad I found this site! I have been biting my fingers since I was around 10. I have bitten all the way down to the knuckles on both hands and even the underside of my knuckles. My fingers look skinned. High school was a nightmare. I was extremely academic and intelligent, but did not go as far as I could because I had to hide my hands. Public speaking and presentations were horrifying. I somehow managed to stop biting my left hand and it looks normal. My right hand nearly looks deformed. I am a "fair skinned " black female and it is very obvious. The first two inches of my fingers are white and raw looking and the skin looks thick and discolored. The color hasn't returned to them. It hurts to bend my fingers and the skin always comes back thick and callused. I have been struggling with this for 20 years now. I have figured out how to hide my right hand at work and other places but bawling my hand up for 20 years has effected my joints so that I have to consciously make an effort to flatten my palm out. I have gone for a week or so without biting, but stress seems to trigger it. Nowadays I am dealing with being depressed and I have resorted to mauling my fingers. It probably stemmed from the emotional and physical childhood abuse I endured. I want to stop and be "normal," but I can't. I would love to be able to walk into a nail salon and have my fingernails done. I would love to go on a date or hold a book and not worry about hiding my hand. Or even make a fist and it not hurt. But for now I am TRULY grateful to know I am not alone. Thanks everyone for sharing your struggles.
Hi, Try acrylics...they work..
Had same problem for a long time too. Found solution. Email if you want more information. Thanks
Please share your solution as I'm having the most difficult time stopping and my brother-in- law got MRSA and I'm afraid I could easily get it like how he did. Thank you so kindly! Emily
Im 14 years old and i have been picking, biting, and eating the skin around my nails for as long as i can remember.. My mom always says its embarassing because i always do it in public but i just cant stop. I do it in school, also. I have no idea how i can stop. my fingers are constantly bleeding and it hurts to wash my hands with warm water. if anyone has any ideas on how to stop, please let me know because this is embarassing AND it hurts but i dont know how to stop. thanks..
I have been biting my fingers for as long as I can remember. I am now 58 years old. I have tried to stop several times and have succeeded for a short period but if anything stressful comes along I'm back at it again.
i'm 18 years old, and i have been bitting my fingers too for as long as i can remember. The disorder as i have researched is called dermatophagia. According to my research, all evidence points out that it occurs because i am trying to prevent adapting to a change that will not be good for my health. I also have developed compulsion for sexual intercourse. Is this the case for all wold biters in this forum?
I'm 51, and I've been picking and chewing my fingers most of my life. ItDurant stop because you want it to. I think it is a deeper issue, maybe covering pain or something. I've quit for periods of time, even I really set my mind to it, but then I think stress takes me right back there! I wish there were some easy fix, but I really think therapy may be the only way. Tricks and gimmicks don't work. It is a deeper issue. I have a lot of past garbage, and I have done counseling to learn to get past some things, but I've never done therapy for this specific issue. I think it starts out as a way to deal with pain, and becomes habit... but they both go hand in hand. My sister does the same thing! Hers look bloody and raw most the time. I and able to keep mine not looking so obvious, but they are clearly scarred. If you are able to, I would seek therapy for it. It doesn't mean something is wrong with you, it means you want to kick a habit, break a habit, that can be harmful to you. I'm sure it's not healthy to eat your skin, and I know from experience, it wears down your teeth! Seriously! You are young, get help now. It won't just stop, you have to trust me on this! I have no insurance, and I see no end in sight for me. That's my advice, from an expert finger biter!
I have ben biting and i want to stop. I always fall off the wagon immediatly after a week or so. Someone help i'm so glad there are others like me out there.
Hi. I do not really know how to do this. Quite honestly it wasn't till a month or two ago that I knew I am not alone. I pick, chew, and eat the flesh around my fingers. I eat through the skin and I have even eaten part of my muscle on my thumb. I am sixteen I started when I was six. Looking back it might have been from paranoia and stress due to night terrors. I am scared. I can honestly say I am scared shitless of what's going to happen in the real world. I am constantly made fun of about my hands. Some call me a cannibal. I suffer from a severe depression disorder as well as PTSD. I don't know what to do. A decade of this has destroyed my fingers especially my thumb. To the point where my phone barely recognizes that my thumb is human flesh. I want to stop. Liberation from this. My mother quit smoking a year ago and tells me all the time that it is stupid that I don't quit. She tells me she can quit an addictive substance yet I cannot quit eating myself. The first battle I believe is making my mother understand. I have shown her forums akin to this one. She thinks its all in our heads and we can stop whenever. Its so hard to stop. I pride myself in strong will but i can't stop myself. Its terribly embarrassing and I want to be a pediatrician one day! No mother wants there child treated by some guy with disgusting chewed up fingers. People notice hands. A lot. I just want to stop. I stopped once and completely healed but the first tragedy to strike my life ignited the old habit. What do I do? I know I am being repetitive but please. We are all suffering from this. I have read hundreds and hundreds of posts and looked at other sites. I have tried everything that people say has worked for them. Today I only ate one tiny piece if skin from my thumb but what about tomorrow? I do not want to live the rest of my life like this. I really want to be a pediatrician and find a wife. Have some kids. Not have chewed up fingers. Anything. Seriously anything that you think can help me email me at Thank you if you read this long message. Good luck. I hope you succeed in kicking this things ass.
Please read my post up further. You are young! Seek help! That is the only way. I am 51, you can't just stop! I do for a period and start again! It is a to hide pain. Go get help! Don't be ashamed. You want to breakit. I believe it is possible, but it won't Be a quick fix. Give it whatever it takes. Don't get frustrated with however long it will take! You don't want to be doing it in 25 years, as I am. It is a real issue, and there is no shame in that. Seek help, that's the best advice I can give!
I'm 25 and think the point is you've got to stop skin picking now, and don't allow yourself to pick. Decide you're not going to pick the skin of your fingers anymore. It's helped me a lot; I haven't picked my fingers for almost two months. Cold turkey has really worked, but I always keep in mind that if I pick any small piece of skin, it'll start all over again.
Ive been eating my skin on my fingers to for al long as i can remember i don't know why.... is it a bad thing?
I am currently a sophomore and I've been eating the skin around my nails since 6th grade. It's been awful having weird and awkward hands. I thought I was a complete freak but I'm glad I'm not alone. I have a few questions: 1.) Should I see my doctor about Dermatophagia? 2.) Does anyone else have a large, abnormal lump (mine is on my right thumb.) that is skin built up. It may or may not be a callous and if so how do I get rid of it. 3.) Can someone please tell me if there is a cure or at least a way to make the marks from biting go away?
My advice, and I have posted to a few others on here, is to seek help. I've been doing it for probably 40 years, and you don't just stop. Some may be able to, and I have for small periods, but I go back to it. Read my earlier responses yo others. If you are able to go to a Dr., do it. You will be glad you did! Don't Just expect you will be able to stop on your own.
Im 12 yr. Old i live in Dallas tx I been bitting my finger sinceb i was 10 yr. Old Idk why im bittiting my fingers and idk how to stop please someone help me tell mevsum to stop bitting my fingers :( i need help plz give me a cure
hi i'm 14 and biting my skin since i was little...i try to distract myself and keep busy. try chewing gum to keep your mouth busy,but not too much because i chewed gum often to much my stomach hurt very badly and you get diarrhea for 4 days and lose weigh a lot. Oh and don't look at you hands! i chew on my thumb the most. i was thinking of putting tape on my thumb but i'd look silly in public O.o plus i'm the only with terrible hands at school!
Honey, try to get help. I am 51 and have been chewing my fingers most my life, mostly my thumbs. If I could send you a pic I would. The scar tissue is terrible. You won't be able to just stop. Seek some professional help, as far as therapy or something. I believe that is the only way to stop. Its a deeper issue, and it becomes habit for dealing with pain. Trust me, I've tried everything except for therapy with this issue. Im a firm believer that it is the only way to deal with this issue.
Hey people, my name is Juan. I'm 14 right now. I've Been biting my fingers since I was 13 till the point I start to bleed. I'm trying to stop as hard but I just can't. It's like those smokers who can't quit smoking. Biting my fingers is Somthing I NEED and can't stop, I don't know why or how I started to bite them but now they are really pink, hard. My skin is tanish until my finger, now it's almost all my hand. My uncle who is a doctor gave me some skin creame to help grow out my skin but no matter What I just can't stop. I'm embarrassed to show my hands at school or public.i used to have these perfect hands now they are chippen away pink wood. Is skin going to grow back? I have heavily ate 2 pounds of skin in 1 year. :( when I saw all these people with the same problem just made my day :) I hope WE bitters will someday be healed <3
Wat was tha cure plz tell me :(
Please read my earlier responses to others who suffer with this.
I'm 14 and I've been bitting the skin around my nails since I was 7. I do it when I'm nervous, bored, ashamed or something like that. I'm also bitting my lips until they bleed. I sometimes bite the skin around my nails till blood too. It hurts me and I think its really gross but I cant stop or control myself
have you done anything about it?i'm 14 too and i chew on my skin and lips, mostly my thumb until it hurts or bleeds. It hurts to wash my hands with warm or hot water. and my lips hurt when i try to eat something spicy D:
I'm 15 and have been eating on the skin around my nail since forever.The skin often irritates me and i always end up eating it off.I do so even when I'm nervous.I googled all my symptoms and found this disorder called Dermatophagia and the disease that occurs is Paronychia.I cut the skin till it hurts and bleeds...It gives me pleasure that i can't describe...Back then when I was 10,i had a terrible blister and some swelling & redness on my point-finger.I had to be taken to a doctor because i couldn't even hold a pencil.Now that I'm fifteen I still find it very hard to stop...It's really embarrassing to go out in public with such fingers.Once i had cuts on all my fingers and my friends were really shocked to see.Even i was disgusted seeing all bleeding,red,swollen fingers.As far as i remember i did that b4 sleeping.I really can't help myself.
I stumbled across this website because I'm a finger biter too. I used to bite my nails, but I was able to overcome that minor habit... and replaced it with skin biting. I've been biting at my thumb knuckles or at least 20 years. I know what started my biting. When I was probably around 8 I contracted 2 warts (one on each thumb). My parents had taken me to a dermatologist for countless freezing treatments, electrical removal, and laser removal. All provided temporary relief, but eventually the warts would return. Around 10 years old, my parents gave up on treatments and I began to pick and bite at the warts. At first, my skin would become flat (but raw) and I was pleased. But eventually the wart would grow back. I would continue to pick and bite further down (sometimes using tools). Eventually, I built up large calluses. I stopped biting at them for maybe a while, but then winter would come and the skin would crack.. prompting more biting. As I got a little older, one of my index fingers got what I perceived as a "blemish", it was probably just a blister. But this index finger got added into the mix. After around my mid teens I found that (prescribed) stimulants provided temporary relief from the compulsion. Even just nicotine was enough to provide relief. Sometimes if I have a nail file on me, that can provide relief because the mail trigger is the roughness of the skin. Now at over 30.. I still bite (way more now that I don't smoke or take prescribed stimulants). I go to bed every night with gloves on and fill them with ointment or lotion (depending). I'm at my wits end >.< and the funny thing is, I only bite at the three fingers (two thumbs and one index finger). I feel for you all with this affliction. I'd like to add, my mother told me that my grandfather used to pick any scabs he ever got... Which I guess from reading is a similar disorder.
I'm jane and I'm 15 years old.I have always eaten my nails and the skin around my nails ,but normally my nails. Know my fingers are swallon and have little holes int then I get so embarassed around my friens they even gave them names e.g(underconder) becoz the hole are many in one big circle like eyes ...I wish I had nice beautiful nails like my friends so that I could also take nice pictures and stuff.any advice.please anyone who thinks this is I have to go 2 the hospital.I'm scared what if I got a disease....and again my finger nails are dark like I have blood stuck.I realy don't know what to to .ohw please anyone help .............wish I had normal nails,and beautiful nails
Also, I'm pretty sure I've chipped the corners of my front teeth from all the nail biting I did last year.
I'm 13 and I've done all of those things for years. Strong will hasn't helped me with any of the places I pick. So..... a lot of lotion and chapstick. If they're smooth and soft, they're much harder to pick.
Im 14 and ive been biting my skins around the nail for as long as I can remember..sometimes I bite until they bleed and i have to bandage them..its so embarrasing becauseA people always say eww your fingers..:( I wish I could stop.
Hello my name is christine and to be honest I was super scared of trying to talk to someone About the problem I have but ever since I could remember I've been biting and actually eating My fingerskin and all of my family say I need help when my hands get wet they swell up And have over a 1000 holes on my hand and I'm terribly embarrassed but I don't know how I can stop no matter what I do and its like every finger is severely bitten and my family Calls me a cannibal and I feel super bad I want to see a therapist but I'm afraid of what might Happen I don't know what to do I know I need help I mean I'm 23 I've been married 4 Years and my husband got into a very bad accident so he can barely do anything I would say I'm very depressed so much on my mind I hope somebody can help me.
That's what we're here for.
Thank god theirs others like me. I cant remember a time when i dont have a cut on my fingers, im 13 and i have a bad habit of doing this, i started like 3 yrs ago but i want normal fingers, im sick of wearing bandaids at school to hide it from people, and sometimes it hurts so much i cant even write properly, once it gets a scab i just bite it off. Im doing this self consciously and i never notice until after it starts hurting and bleeding... Ive tried the nail polish foul tasting stuff but that didnt work because i would keep trying to bit until it came off, ive also tried getting some cotton gloves but i never remember to wear them, im a boy and im really worried if this will have any long term effect on my fingers, mostly thumbs. Its usually near the nuckle or on the side of my thumb :( help me!
I'm a 13 year old girl and I do the exact same thing. Whenever I put on a bandaid I just pick that instead and then when it comes off I keep picking my fingers.
I am 17 and have been eating the skin around my fingers since i don't remember when. It started with me biting my nails and eating those too, but i stopped. i used to bite all the way down my thumbs and fingers but it has gotten a little better. now i just keep reopening wounds and biting at the hard callused parts. theres something about it. I don't find it gross at all now, im desensitized to it. i do it when im stressed, out in public, hungry (go figure) and so on. It is really embarrassing however, but i can't stop. I've noticed when i have acrylic nails on, i leave my fingers alone, because it starts with picking then me biting a piece of skin off. I hate lotion so my skin is dry, easy to pick at. the scars, puffiness, soreness and pain is something i am just used to, and i like the taste of blood with the skin. sometimes i do it without even noticed, sometimes i am just ravenously picking and eating at my fingers. the taste and smell of the skin.. i really cant shake it, ive been doing it for so long. My thumbs are the biggest problems. They are scarred terrible. my natural creases to my fingers are skewed because of the calluses. It is a sight. Even though i love doing it, its something im trying to stop. Its hard, really hard because i hate applying stuff to my fingers! but they look so ugly. Im happy that there are other people out here that understand i didnt think there were many people . I bite my lip and inside of my cheek too, but just mainly my fingers.... my poor fingers lol
What you described above is what i am. May i ask, what race are you and which country are you from ( I am a black south African by the way).
Oh my god. This is exactly like me.
I can't believe I found this website... Okay. My name is Lily, I'm 15 and I've been biting my fingers 5-6 years now. I bite the skin off of my fingers, I used to bite to the point of bleeding, but that only happens rarley now. Both of my index fingers are bitten all the way down to the knuckle. It's ALL bitten around my finger. It started with around the cuticle, then down, then all around the finger. I only did this to my thumb when I started, then I eventually went on to all the other fingers. The problem is, I don't know when I bite because I bite when I think. I bite a ton when I'm on the computer, when I'm reading, when I'm taking a test, when I'm watching TV, pretty much everything that requires a brain. :/ I tried the liquid bandaid stuff, that didn't work. I have a full supply of this omega stuff that is made specifically for nail/finger biting, and that works sometimes. But sometimes, I bite so much that the omega stuff comes off and I go right back. To be truthful, sometimes I don't even care. I'll realize that I bite and I'll just keep going. It's embarrassing going swimming, because they prune up and look disgusting, some people thought I had a disease... I just can't convince myself to stop. I REALLY want to, but lots of times I really just don't care. I just don't know how to stop. I'm gonna continue using omega, because its the best thing for me now, but I really pray that it'll heal soon. Finally I get my story out to this website, and I see a bunch of people who are struggling with the same thing.
One of my friends would joke sometimes about me having "finger AIDS". I was really embarrassed and angry at myself for continuing to pick, but at least comments like that make me more determined to stop.
I'm right there with you sweetheart
I am 35 and also doing this and other bad habits as described on these forums. The best fix I have found is a product (in Canada) called Polysporin. You should use cuticle scissors as has been mentioned, or just dedicated nail clippers works for me (I'm not very dexterous with tiny scissors, the clippers are way easier) and cut any protruding pieces of skin, avoid biting it off but if you REALLY GOTTA DO IT - well, this is the last time, ok! You can even push back your cuticles and remove them. Then, scrub your fingers and hands well and dry them and apply a very small amount of polysporin to every finger you bite. It will heal super fast and you won't want to put your fingers in your mouth with it on. Just apply it once or twice a day. It will actually start looking better the first day. Put on a polish that distracts from it too if you like (before putting on ointment). Pretty nails help me not want to bite as much, too. With all that said, I still will chew and find solace in it. It really makes me feel better when I get a good session in! But I feel terrible about the unhealthy aspects of it. The look... Also think it may have caused some jaw and teeth alignment problems. The polysporin is my magic fix for when I fall. No I don't work for them - lol, I just wanted to share something that really works for healing periods. *love to everyone here*
I'm 14 and I've been biting my nails and when i get the chance or seen loose skin i always bite it i tried using this stuff to stopped biting my nails (It's really gross) but that didn't work. Over the school holidays i put band-aids on my fingers and it helped but once you take it off it looks like you've been in water for too long I've tried sitting on them but didn't help i'm not a very still person one of my thumbs recently started to heal and as soon as it was eatable i started chewing on it :/. I honestly want to stop eating my fingernails and the skin around them it makes my hands ugly and i'm getting more self conscious about them please help...
Hi all, had this for years! I can't believe so many other "wolf-biters" with this problem. I used to get to the point where my fingers would be so sore and bleed all the time. I took up classical guitar a few months back which I had to grow long nails to play effectively - I was so determined to do this! Eventually my nails grew and remained long enough to achieve my goal yet the skin problem still persists! My mind has now compensated my success with what I believe is an obsessive 'perfect' fingers goal by biting the skin evenly to give a perfectly smooth finish (much better than bleeding though!). I have recently started working in a laboratory and this is a major health and safety issue and I am determined to kick the habit!
Yeah came across this site like most people,I'm 10 yes I'm ten but I bite around my fingers normally at school when I'm bored I've stopped biting my fingernails and my lips but now I started chewing on not just around the nail near the knuckle I have a horrid swelled split lump that I bite at it bleeds sometimes but I hate(like other people) showing it too friends they take the mick about it but about a month ago it turned yellow then turned back to the red swelling split lump on the middle of my finger I have even tried the bitter stuff you put on nails but that didnt make a difference I hate the lump and my bleeding stabbed fingers I usually start biting like I said when I'm bored and if I see some skin that's a little bit peeled it hurts like hell and I need help FAST the swelling lump is getting worse it won't heal even if I leave it plz any ideas?
I'm 37 and I've done this as long as I can remember. My husband tells me, "don't chew." I can't tell you how many times a day I hear, "don't chew." Even when he tells me, and I'm looking him in the face, I can't make myself stop. I wish I knew 1) WHY I do this? and 2) how to start healing. I read someone's comment about using cuticle scissors and a rough nail file. I have to try something because my fingers are embarrassing!
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