Can Dermatophagia cause infection?

Can Dermatophagia cause infection?

A person with dermatophagia compulsively bites, gnaws, or eats their skin. This might leave their skin raw. This damage to the skin can also increase the risk of developing a skin infection.

Can you get an infection from biting your nails?

Biting your nails increases the risk of paronychia, an infection of the nail. Symptoms of paronychia include a painful, red, swollen area around the nail, often at the cuticle or at the site of a hangnail or other injury. If the infection is bacterial, there may be pus-filled blisters at the site.

How can I stop biting the skin on my fingers?


  1. keep your hands busy – try squeezing a soft ball or putting on gloves.
  2. identify when and where you most commonly pick your skin and try to avoid these triggers.
  3. try to resist for longer and longer each time you feel the urge to pick.

How long does it take bitten skin to heal?

Most scratches, scrapes and other minor bites heal up fine in 5 to 7 days. Bruises should fade away in 7-14 days.

Is dermatophagia serious?

Dermatophagia isn’t typically the cause of serious medical complications, but in some cases, it can significantly affect your physical and mental health.

How common is dermatophagia?

BFRBs fall under obsessive-compulsive and related disorders in the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic handbook. It’s likely that about 1 in 20 people has some form of BFRB. The most common type of dermatophagia involves biting skin around nails and cuticles.

How do you get rid of an infection in your finger?

You can take care of an infected finger by following these instructions from the doctor:

  1. Wash the finger with clean water two times a day.
  2. Next, cover the area with a thin layer of antiseptic ointment and a bandage.
  3. Take the antibiotics as prescribed.
  4. Take over the counter painkillers if required.

Is Dermatophagia serious?

How common is Dermatophagia?

How do I stop Dermatophagia?

Natural treatments

  1. massage.
  2. acupuncture.
  3. hypnosis.
  4. stress reduction activities such as exercise, breathing exercises, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
  5. replacement behaviors, such as chewing gum instead of biting skin.

How do you stop Dermatophagia?