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Unread 05-12-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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I am actually in so much pain right now from my nose, and my chest, and picking skin and causing scabs...work only sees my red and scabbed nose, I think they think it's just a skin condition and not a compulsive behavior.

I need these sores to heal because they really hurt.

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Unread 05-12-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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Skin picking is such a difficult disorder to live with. My cuticles are so sore and messed up.
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I made my cuticles bleed today while at a store. My nails look terrible.
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I feel for you. It's horrible when all you want is to heal, but you just can't stop. I hope you're doing better.
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Unread 06-19-2017, 10:36 AM   #5
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Well, my nose is almost healed. Only took 6 weeks.
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That is a huge accomplishment! This is so hard, you should be proud of yourself.
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Unread 06-19-2017, 12:34 PM   #7
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Oh, I didn't stop picking at it, it's just been healing while I'm asleep. Plus I have a cream from my doctor to put on it.
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Any healing is progress, as far as I'm concerned.

Asking for help from your doctor is a big step. It was very hard to tell my doctor that I pick and will probably need help for infections. She was very nice about it though.

I pick at my scalp, neck, and upper back. My scalp is my main target zone, and it gets pretty torn up. Then I end up with little bald spots even after the skin has healed. Going to the hairdresser is the absolute worst. I try so hard during the week before so I won't have any open sores, but I usually fail, and a few times she has said something about them like "oh, did you bump your head?" She must think I bump my head all the time. It's mortifying, but I tough it out because I don't want this disease to stop me from doing something as basic as getting haircuts. Living with it every day is hard enough, I don't want to let it take anything away from my life.
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Are you doing any better? I hope you're ok.
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No, still picking at my face...but it is helping slowly.
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