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Bee stings are either exasperatingly painful or deadly – depending on whether the victim is allergic to the venom. Localized – a localized reaction results in swelling that normally spreads further than the sting site. Normally severe reactions that are allergic in nature aren’t common, but when they do happen they can cause shock, unconsciousness and cardiac arrest in approximately 10 minutes. Severe allergic sting reactions should be treated with epinephrine or adrenaline, either administrated by a medical professional or self-injected.
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Those with dermatillomania should take measures to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects.
Dermatillomania frequently involves self-injury, because people will often pick at their scabs. People who engage in compulsive skin picking may benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy. Sometimes referred to as compulsive skin picking, dermatillomania is marked by the overwhelming compulsion to pick at one's own skin. People with this disorder frequently focus on pre-existing lesions on the skin, such as scabs, ingrown hairs, or insect bites. In some cases, individuals with dermatillomania may be compelled to create surfaces at which to pick. While research in the area of dermatillomania is limited, the condition has been strongly linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Many individuals with dermatillomania also suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a psychological disorder in which patients experience a distorted body image.
While the compulsion to pick at one's own skin is extremely overwhelming, some sufferers have found successful treatment through cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I used to bite my nails mercilessly, but was able to mostly stop that as a child when my ballet teacher offered me a solo -- but only if my nails weren't bitten. I also went the route of claiming I'm allergic to mosquito bites to help deflect the curious and others who wanted to tell me I was hurting myself and would have scars, as if I didn't already know that. I am covered almost everywhere with scars, and it causes me a great deal of grief, stops me from doing many things I want to do and wearing what I want to wear, especially in summer when it's hot.
Like some of the first few posters here, I am driven by the almost-overwhelming need to "make smooth" any area where there's roughness, a loose flap, or a distinct "edge" of any kind (for example between the hardness of a callus and the normal skin around it).
I'm not sure whether psychotherapy would be of much use; I also have ADD, ASD (used to be called Asperger's), mood disorder, and depression. For as long as I can remember, there has always been at least one area I pick at, but it usually changes every year or so.
Now both of my arms look as if I have been burned, and I have been in the hospital twice for staph, the first time caused by picking at a scab on my forehead, the last one for MRSA on my elbow. I literally cannot stop picking if there is a scab with that texture until it's picked smooth. I am 58 years old and have just recently decided to get professional help with my picking disorder(s).
I'm 16, and for as long as I can remember, I've been biting and picking at my hands and fingers, especially my thumbs.
I recently read that the dermo bit includes spending a long time in front of the mirror, over preening. I know I get tired and then that's a bad time, but I have to stay up late (by myself - lethal) to do work on the computer. Also, even weirder, I like to bend my eyelashes until they make a popping sensation on my fingertips, and I also like to put them under my nails to feel how sharp they are. I also like to run my nails down the bit of gum between my two front teeth in a line, and sometimes when I bite a sliver of nail off, I like to poke it in between my two front teeth to feel the sharpness.
I'm actually glad to have found this site and reading everyone's posts has definitely made me not feel like a complete and total freak.
I was also thinking perhaps giving yourself limited time in the bathroom in front of mirrors will help prevent the urge to pick if you can't see it. You could also set an alarm on your phone for when you happen to be in the bathroom just to make sure you're only in there for a short time and not hours on end. I started out with exposure and response prevention, and it worked for a few days, but I went back to picking.


I honestly don't know if I'll get through it, but it helps to remind myself that it could be much worse. I've been picking since before I have memory, starting with a rash I used to get yearly as a child on my butt, and inside of my knees and elbows.
A podiatrist I once went to as an adult actually insisted on putting casts on my legs to make me stop. As a child, I mercilessly picked between my toes; now I destroy the bottoms of my heels as well as any other sores, bites, etc. That hasn't stopped me from doing the cuticles, but at least that's better than it was for the most part. At different stages, they have different tastes and textures, and I find different satisfactions at each point. And even before that, it's almost like these sores and scabs call me and beg me to pick them, and I can't function until I do it. I'll sit and pick with them until the cows come home if my fingernails aren't doing the trick -- and also to try to even out rough edges of skin in an attempt to circumvent picking further.
My doctor has told me that due to circulatory issues, I'm going to be in big trouble down the line if I don't stop picking the feet at least, and still I can't stop.
And I guess after 58 years, I'm accustomed enough to the always-scabbed and scarred skin that I'm at least somewhat indifferent to it.
I also bite my nails and the insides of my mouth, and any dry areas on my lips if they get chapped. I do it everywhere including at work (where I have a nasty tendency to blot it off with computer printouts or the pages of the spiral notebooks where I record my daily activities).
I haven't even been able to find a psychiatrist for that stuff, where I live (rural), so good luck to me finding one who knows dermatillomania. Even when the area actually burns afterwards and I feel ultra-guilty and paranoid, I guess this is just my luck is life. I will pick at nails, skin around the nails, sores, scabs, lips, and will usually do this for a little bit even after its been bleeding for a while.
One of the questions was, "What is your worst trait?" In the spirit of being honest, I wrote, "I am fat." As though being a chubby kid was some kind of moral failure.
We must lose weight in order to be successful, worthy people who have proved they have a right to be on the earth.
I lost a good bit of weight a couple of years ago, but thyroid issues have made that much more difficult now.
Words cannot express how good it feels to know that this habit has a name and people that experience the same things I go through. The most significant incidents where my weight has evidently put walls within my mind occurred when I was 6 or 7. I told my mother I wanted to dye my hair like my best friend's hair, who was gorgeous and significantly smaller than I was. I still have anxiety and I am very sad, a different state of being than depression, I have found. I can't stand how crusty they feel so I always scratch them away and rub the remaining skin and blood until it's perfectly smooth. However, many years have passed and I find myself still scratching my eyebrows and pulling them out when really stressed. I can pick at an eyebrow hair that's still under the skin until there is a big hole and lots of blood. This works best when I have mascara on but makes my nails look filthy and black where the mascara stains them! I always think the first step to recovering from something or getting past it is to admit you have a problem in the first place. I plan on getting some minor laser surgery done to get rid of the broken capillaries I have managed to create around my nose and upper lip, but I refuse to even think of trying until I can fully beat the urge to pick or scrub like a crazy person. Filling in all your daily and night time with activities so you don't have a chance to even think about picking at all, might be good.
Still, I'll have to live with the scars, so I have to just hope that people will be understanding of the situation.
The doctor said it was an allergy to grass and weeds, but whatever it was, it itched like hell, so I scratched it. Of course, I found a way around that with knitting needles, and was eventually able to cut the casts away. I'm not aware of any anxiety fueling it, but I sometimes get so roped into it that I can't stop even though I'm in great pain and crying from the stress of wanting to stop but not being able to. On the other hand, for the ADD and ASD, it's already been recommended that I do CBT and mindfulness stuff, so maybe that will help.


I started out just compulsively picking the skin off my lips but a couple years ago I started chewing the inside of my mouth. Otherwise, we are obviously lazy, gluttonous pigs who should not be in the world, using its resources.
You are obviously an intelligent young woman and as I also know from experience, balancing a good mind and one's weight is often daunting.
I claimed that I did not know what happened, so my parents came to the conclusion that I scratched in my sleep and my skin scars easily. No one probably would have noticed that little hair beginning to grow, but I get right close to the mirror and can't stop.
I can't seem to control myself from picking at the non existent blackheads on my nose and upper lip. I think the acrylics sound like a good idea for stopping the picking and shall try that asap.
I've also found moisturizing over the dead skin or scabs can help you resist from picking at it while it softens the skin and makes the surface seem less rough then it was previously.
I've been taking CBT for quite a few months now, and I recently started working on my skin and pimple picking problem. The problem for me is that even after getting help, though its easier to stop picking new points on my skin, I pick excessively at the scabs until they become scars, which really irritates my parents. I could never understand why my mother objected; it just seemed logical to me to scratch something that itches.
I'd like to know more about what sorts of information would go into a "picking log," though. No one receives accolades like those who have either successfully lost weight, or keep their weight at a "normal" level. I've been married to a wonderful man for 17 years and I'm here to tell you that you can live a happy life. This feeling of fortune prevents me from telling my grievances, for I envision a spoiled, ugly, fat, teenage girl who is complaining about her life. Ever since I got braces, I will tear apart my lips until blood comes gushing out.I've scratched my scalp to the point where I'm losing large chunks of hair which is fabulous, since I already have fine hair.
Also avoid using any tools that you would normally use to help you remove scabs and dead skin such as tweezers and pins – and get your eyebrows done professionally if you can so you have no need for tweezers (gets them completely out of the equation). These are all things I have started doing and plan to continue doing in the hope that it may help put everything back under some sort of control. I'm going through grieving right now, so obviously, my stress levels are beyond reasonable. I will chew on the little bits of skin that come off, particularly if I've been picking off really hard crusts from an earlier session. I have scratched my skin hard enough where it had no blood, but attempted to repair itself, a process I do not allow. I mostly do it when I am tired or stressed, and I always feel so relieved and so guilty when I finish ripping one open. Sometimes, I'll punch my hard shell guitar case to bruise my hands, then run them under piping hot water, then super cold water.
I chew them into a mass of teeny, tiny bits, then usually spit them out, though I recently caught myself having nothing left to spit out -- evidently I swallowed them while I wasn't paying attention.
I think that's why picking one’s own scabs, and sometimes the need to pick others', is so satisfying. Wouldn't we love people to see past the weight and appreciate the intelligence, the creativity, the unique perspectives we bring to a conversation? Don't allow a broken, immoral, shallow culture to dictate to you what kind of person you are.
I feel like whenever I meet someone, all they see are the scabs inside my ears or a red, inflamed nose. I have tried to stop in the middle of picking one off but it makes my heart race and I start feeling really anxious and I have to finish, even though I feel guilty. My husband and daughter know and with my permission tell me to 'stop picking' when they catch me.



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