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Is biting the skin around my nails symptom of dermatophagia ?

Do i have dermatophogia as i bite the skin around my nails constantly for as long as i can remember and even if it bleeds or is painfull i cannont stop
Asked On : Fri, 11 Mar 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi....dear user.,
Thanks for choosing HCM.,
Biting of Skin around the nail is common Nervous habit..,
It is due to Stress, hormonal imbalance, Psychological( Obsessive compulsive disorder).,
Hence you follow...,
1) Wearing of Thick gloves...,
2) Use Hand lotions ..which are bitter in taste(Vinegar).,
3) Try to do..Meditation and deep relax your mind..,
Even if it is not answering...consult good Psychiatrist ..,ok...bye
Answered: Thu, 5 Jan 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Gaurang Krishna's  Response
Welcome to HealthcareMagic
You may be suffering from Obsessive compulsive disorder which is manifesting as dermatophagia/onychophagia.
I suggest you see a psychiatrist for a correct diagnosis and management
Answered: Fri, 11 Mar 2011
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