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Treatments for Dermatophagia

Treatment List for Dermatophagia

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Dermatophagia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Behavioral therapy, foul-tasting nail polish, mouth guards
  • Simple measures may help break the cycle, but if the behaviour becomes extreme, psychotherapy and medication may help. Treatments include:
    • Topical applications to discourage nail biting
      • Bitter favoured clear polishes marketed to stop nail biting
      • Ordinary nail polishes can act as a deterrent
    • Mouth guards
    • Rewards system - especially in children
    • Distraction techniques
    • Hypnotherapy
    • Psychotherapy
      • Cognitive behavioural therapy
      • Habit reversal training
      • Stimulus control
      • Self monitoring
      • Competing response - providing an alternative to nail biting such as gum chewing etc
    • Medication - choices are similar to those used in obsessive-compulsive disorder and include antidepressants such as SSRI's

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