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Hello: I cannot believe I just found this site and that there are other people who are doing this, more than I expected at least. I have always picked at scabs and minor blemishes my entire life. But after a bad fall where I was severely injured I have started picking more and more. I feel like my life is out of control because I cannot exercise, cannot move freely, am in pain all of the time, and I feel like my life is over sometimes. I am walking barefoot a lot more - I live in Florida - for balance issues. It is easier to balance in my bare feet. As a result I am getting dried out feet with deep cracks in them. I cannot stand the cracks. I sand my feet down with rubber sponge type sanders that I buy at Home Depot, little 4" x 3" x 2" wide black foam sanders. Then I graduated to a type of foot sander that resembles a fine cheese grater. But I cannot get those cracks out so now I am using a razor blade to carve the edges of the cracks down and in the process decided to go further and I actually debride the entire top layers of my skin off on my heels. Sometimes I tear out cuticles and the corners of my toes where the skin is thick. I know that it is getting worse. Does anyone know if there is medication? Or do we just take antidepressants? I feel so much relief when I am done and the ugly thick dirty skin is gone. Only people here at this forum will probably understand this. I appreciate all of you listening via reading and letting me write about it.