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Dermatophagia: A form of obsessive compulsive disorder where a person compulsively bites their own skin, especially around the nails. Sufferers can feel the pain they inflict on themselves but the feelings of gratification and stress relief prevent them from stopping. The severity and extent of damage to the skin is variable. Stress and anxiety can trigger the compulsive skin biting. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Dermatophagia is available below.
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