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I bite the skin around my fingers, sometimes to the point that they bleed and hurt, but I haven't been able to stop...it must be ten years at least. My hands are really bad looking as a result. I know other people who bite their cuticles or fingernails, but not to this extent.
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This is considered COMMON.... but NOT "NORMAL". This IS a DISORDER and can be treated. I too have this problem and am seeking the advice of a therapist in my home town.... if you have this problem, or know someone who does... DO NOT CONSIDER THIS "NORMAL" but instead "COMMON"! There IS a difference! Perhaps you should look into this further and eventually seek the advice of a medical doctor, or even a therapist, as this is a medical disorder!
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I don't do it myself, but I do know that so many people in this world bite thier fingernails that we should have a community nail pile. Don't worry about it.
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Moi
You are putting all kinds of germs into your mouth. Think of all the stuff that you touch during the day and then you nibble them up. Yuck! Pitooey!
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Anonymous
i understand. I used to do it too.i got over it. no worries
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i do it aswell i like going swimming cos afterwards it makes ure fingers all weird and then u can bite the skin off. sumtimes i accidently rip mi nail off tht hurts im 13 and i chewed my fingers since i was about 8. its a normal habit
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I must agree with helpful_hints. While it is a common disorder,which can at times seem like just some old nervous habit, it is not "normal". If you are a mild, occational nervous biter, then more than likely yours is more a stress realted habit. Try a few different techniques, such as bitters on your fingers, wearing gloves when you are not in a public place, as most biters do it more so in private, or try squeezing a stress ball to keep your hands busy and out of your mouth.

While nail and cuticle biting is not commonly known as life threatening, it is also related to a disorder called trichotillomania, which is a disorder where people literally pull out their own hair, eye lashes and or eyebrows. It is a form of O.C.D. which could in turn be dangerous. I am not saying that you have either of the above disorders, however before you toss it aside as a normal stress related issue, you should research it some and if you are truly concerned, check with your doctor. Here is just one of many links I have found.

http://www.homestead.com/westsuffolkpsych/SkinPicking.html

There is hope and there is help. Good Luck!

I'm the momster
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Oh I am so glad to see these posts. I am 61 years old and have biten my cuticles my entire life. It seems like I am obsessed. It's so gross. I hate it. One time I put acrylics on for 2 years and never touched my cuticles the whole time, but it was to expensive to keep up. Because of biting the cuticles, my nails split and I file them to keep them short. I also clip them. I clip my deadskin also to keep from biting it, but whenever I sit down, I start up and don't even realize it until I have made a big tear and it bleeds. I will try some of the ideas here. OPI, Silica gel or Biotin. I have an abundance of energy and my family thinks that has something to do with it. I have a hard time relaxing..Katy
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I am biting my cuticles right now! Yes, I know it is an awful habit, but I just can't stop doing it. It lasts about six years or so. My skin around fingernails started to peel and I found that pretty attractive for taking off… with my teeth. I ate all of my fingers some time ago, but I managed to control myself a little. Now I am biting "only" a forefinger and a thumb. Other fingers are fully recovered now and they look a lot better. Try to think about how many dirt you're taking in your mouth everytime you put your finger in it. I will need to think about it more often!
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OMG ME 2!!!
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON WITH THIS PROBLEM I SWEAR!!!I'VE BEEN DOING IT SINCE I WAS SIX AND MY FINGERS ARE REALLY GETTING WORSE DAY BY DAY MY BOYFRIEND TOLD ME THAT HE WOULD BREAK UP WITH ME IF I DONT STOP!!!WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 1 YEAR AND 4MONTHS AND I'M TRYING TO STOP BUT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!
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First thing..... get rid of your boyfriend. He's not a nice guy. He shld be supporting you, not running from the problem. And, that's not a big deal for a break-up.

Pls. know I am not out to hurt your feelings.

I am ashamed to admit that I too have been biting my fingers since I was a little girl and I am now 31 yrs. old.

Have you tried the polish that the Mother's on their kids in order to stop sucking their thumbs? I'm serious. I'm pretty sure it's called, "Stops It". Any Walgreens, Rite Aid will have it. Check it out.

Also, you cld hold a pretty-colored stone/pebble in your hand(s) and squeez that when you get the urge to bite.

At night when you are by yourself, you cld wear pretty light-weight gloves. Ha ! Sounds funny.

I crochet at night, so that helps.

I also rub hand cream on my hands, and it tastes so awful when I bite. The cream keeps your hands moist so it's hard to find a good, dry piece of skin. Ugh, that alone is embarressing to tell someone, but I know you understand exactly.

Have you ever seen how gross it is when you see someone else biting their fingers. They look so stupid. I have wanted to tell them, "Do you know how nasty, dirty that is, plus, how stupid you look??!!" I am so bad.

Anyway, you cld start w/some of the above.

Whatis your first name?

And, watch the boyfriend for the real reason he wants to break up. Again,he shld be suggesting ideas to help you, not leave you.

Sincerely, Emely (Liz)
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Is your name Will? This guy Will does that. His fingers look like Penis*es. Do girls like that sort of thing?
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