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By cuticle I guess I mean the skin around the nails in its entirety. I've been picking and biting since I was six, am 26 now...... I noticed that most people here are face and scab pickers, which I do as well but not as obsessively........ My fingers are swelled, red, scarred, knobby knuckled, slightly clubbed nails........... It's beyond disgusting........... Other than this, I'm normal looking. I've always been told I'm attractive. The look of surprise and veiled disgust when people notice my fingers is so disheartening. It hurts physically, as well, and prevents me from doing things I need to do on a daily basis. Washing the dishes, painting, preparing food, whatever........... Not to mention the risk of infection and contracting some disease while in public because I always have open cuts on my fingers!!!!!!! Anyway, we all know the drill! Just wondering if there are any other dermatophagia sufferers out there who mainly attack the cuticle skin........ Also a question for everyone: Do you notice that when you're in the midst of a picking/biting session that you're barely breathing? I just noticed that. After I'm finished I take a deep breath and my lungs feel tight and my head is swimming. I guess it's the result of all the anxiety......... I'm thinking about trying breathing exercises and meditation as a prevention method. Someone mentioned putting band aids on in public as a reminder and/or shaming method. I think that might be helpful for me because I really don't leave the house if I've had a bad day. I need to realize that it IS noticeable, it IS horrid, it's no better than walking around drunk or on drugs and I need to treat this as a serious problem that needs to be addressed now........... Have a good day everyone.