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My name is Kylie, I'm 21 years old, a full time student, and me and my boyfriend have been together for 3 years now, but have been best friends for 11 years. I have always for the longest time picked the skin around my fingernails and toenails but about two years ago, I was sitting on the couch watch t.v. and started picking at my heels. Once I started I couldn't stop. The next thing I knew I had a mound of skin piled up on the coffee table. I just stared at it, taken back by what I just done. I looked at my heels and they were all bloody and felt very painful. But a couple of hours later I was right back to picking at my heels again. It's almost like a get a relief feeling when I peel a strip of skin off. I am satisfied when I finally get it off but then the next morning when I try to walk, I have to walk on my toes because my heels are so raw I can't put my feet all the way down on the ground. It's sounds pitiful really because I complain how bad my feet hurt but then I go right back and pick at them constantly. My boyfriend hates that I do it because he will find chunks of skin laying on the floor and sometimes after I've had a long day he will even grab my feet and start to message them, but I have to stop him because it hurts too bad. I try to wear socks all the time to stop myself from picking at my heels but the next thing I know, my sock is off and I'm picking at them once again! I wear flip flops all the time in the summer and it has even gotten to the point that when I'm at a restaurant I will even cross my legs so I have one foot up to pick at. I know people see me and I know it has to look disgusting, but I can't stop until I pick the skin off. Even when I go out to the bars with my friends I do the same thing. I still do it out in public in front of everybody but I just can't seem stop. When I'm driving, I can't wait until I hit a red light so I'm able to put my foot up and start picking at my heels. I go to a gym and have a personal trainer and some days I have to tell him I don't feel well....but really I can hardly even walk, let alone run with how raw my heels are. Like I said before I'm a full time student but I have online classes. Some days I will be setting at the computer trying to do my school work and hours have went by and no work has gotten done except all the work and focus I put into picking the skin of my heels. I just want to stop picking because it's driving me crazy but I just don't know what to do to stop. The worst part of it is....and I can't believe I'm even saying this.....after the pick the skin off my heel I put it in my mouth sometimes. I have no idea why because that is just down right disgusting. Next thing I know I have a mouthful of skin just chewing on it. Then when my boyfriend comes in the room, I have to take it out real quick and throw it on the floor. I NEED to stop or I'm going to go insane. I don't have any health insurance so I can't really just go to the doctor and get a prescription because it will probably be outrageous. Does anybody know of where I can get medicine prescribed but not for a lot of money? Does anyone have tips for me to stop? Thanks for taking time to read this and hopefully I hear back from somebody.