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Dermatophagia: Introduction

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.

Symptoms of Dermatophagia

Treatments for Dermatophagia

  • 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
  • more treatments...»

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Causes of Dermatophagia

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  1. Dermatophagia: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types

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