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crazygtrkid@sb… , 04 Jan 2013

I pick my thumbs obsessively

Hi everyone I have been picking my thumbs for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it gets so basically that the wound on my thumbs connect at the bottom. I use a pocket knife to trim off the skin is can't get with my finger nails and pick until my thumbs are a red raw and sore mess. It gets painful to bend my thumbs at times and it's hideous, however I can't stop no matter what I try. Can anyone give me advice how to stop?
4 Answers
January 04, 2013
Look i have the exact same problem with my thumbs also. Right now im trying to stop because my fiance has gotten tired of how ugly my thumbs look ( Both of them btw). The best advice i can give you is to use neosporin ointment and rub it onto your thumbs then cover them with band-aids i have found this is the best treatment aside from going to the therapist. The acton of you covering the thumb makes it more difficult for you to continue picking your thumbs. I hope this helps.
January 22, 2013
I have been biting on my thumbs for a long time and the thumb on my left hand started to look a little deformed and was growing callus's. When it did this which I think maybe my thumb trying to heal I took a pocket knife or razor and I cut the callus's off until it is smooth again. I have not cut for a while now and am trying to stop biting. I let the callus's take over and my thumb eventually healed and smoothed back out. It looks normal and once in a while I'll try and bite but I can say I have dramatically slowed down on biting and hoping to stop.
January 23, 2013
I thought I was the only one! I've been picking the skin off my thumbs for as long as I can remember too. Only my thumbs and no other body parts. My thumbs are also always sore and sometimes bloody. I don't know how many times people have asked me "Oh my gosh what's wrong with your thumbs?" I have finally got to a point in life where I just need to stop even though I truly feel like I lose it if I do. I'm trialing some new therapists and medications and will keep you posted if I get any relief. If anyone else has had any success on medication please share!!! Bandaids or devices such as rubber bands did not work for me. I was advised to take magnesium and melatonin at night. It helps to fall asleep faster so I don't stay awake picking !
February 05, 2013
Neopspirin is one of the best med as even i had used when i get sores on my cheek, as my doctor prescribed it, it really helps to cure very fast. Else, you can also try Lamisil which is also a one of the best med. | |

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