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How to overcome the habit of biting own dead skin, pens, pencils ?

Hi, I m AAAA. I m inquiring about eating your own skin, like dead skin from peeling ( feet , hands) and nails plus the skin around my fingers, i ve been doing this since I can remember. I m always having to chew on something, just a habit, also triggered by nervousness . All my pens and pencils are bitten as well as my nails.
Asked On : Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
thanks for asking.
You have not mentioned your age. Biting nails and inanimate objects might be an indication of insecurity problem. Chewing something for example chewing gum as the cricketers do may decrease the tension for the time being. But eating your own skin from peeling of feet & hands needs attention.
I suggest you
1. Please do regular Physical exercise.
2. Engage yourself with some hobbies of your choice like Stamp collection etc.,
3. Divert your mind with some regular badminton or table tennis and other destressing activities
like 20 minutes of Pranayama or yoga.
If symptoms persist, please have a Psychiatrist consutation.
Take Care,
Dr.K.Muthukumar MD
Answered: Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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