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willwork4shoes , 05 Feb 2008

No toenails :(

I have OCD and am taking Zoloft for it. I have been picking at my toenails for the past 3-4 years. I have previously picked scabs from my scalp and also from my ear. I don't know how I have stopped in the past...but I currently cannot stop picking one of my left toes raw. It is constantly bleeding, completely nail-less, constantly in pain, etc. I know that people who pull their hair out are sometimes diagnosed with trichotillomania. Is there a name for what I do, or is it just related to OCD? I need help on stopping. I hate my toes. Thank goodness it's not summertime!
3 Answers
February 12, 2008
I'm not sure if it is the same thing, but I constantly pick at the top of my toe nails and pull them down the sides, making my toenails like points. They bleed because I rip the sides of the nails off, and they constantly get infected.
May 26, 2008
I am missing the toenails on my pinky toes from doing this when I was little. I pick my toes when watching movies and things, so I always try to wear socks then, and find something to do with my hands, like drinking water. I also do it at night in my room sometimes, so I keep sharp things out of my room, and go to bed early so I'm not bored. I don't know if this will help but it's how I deal.
September 10, 2013
I have picked my toenails since I was a teenager. I am now 49 and still picking. There have been only about two times in my life I have been able to stop and honestly today it is worse than ever. I use cuticle cutters to cut at my nails and tweezers to rip off hang nails. I feel disgusting and cannot wear open toed shoes or even let any of my friends see my toes. I cannot go swimming or boating and I am just sick about it. I am too embarrassed to mention it to a doctor. I am pretty much at my wits end, very depressed in general and thinking of suicide because of my life situation (toenail picking is a symptom of my depression).

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