Compulsive Scab Picking

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Mickmeister, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Mickmeister Registered Senior Member

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    Does anyone else here pick your scabs continuously? I have that problem all of the time. Sometimes, a sore will stay there for literally months. The last time we went camping, which was in May, chiggers got my ankles really bad. I scratched them until they were raw. Since then, I have continuously picked the scabs off. They have finally healed up almost four months later. I don't know if it is seeing the blood, the pain of picking or what I get out of doing it.
     
  2. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    OMG, my husband is the same way. He just can't leave it alone. I keep telling him he looks like a meth addict.
    I think its his OCD.
     
  3. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    Most of them.
     
  4. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Me too.
     
  5. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    rub the most powerfull hot sauce into the wound before it scabs up. i had to sleep with my hands in a bag of frozen peas, it burned so bad.


    PS dont do it i was joking it hurts alot.

    peace.
     
  6. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    what's up with that???
    My Mom smacked my hands often enough as a kid that I learned not to. I have enough chicken pox scars to remind me why I shouldn't.
    Do men do it more than women due to a vanity thing?
     
  7. John99 Banned Banned

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    I have not gotten a scab since i was 12, none real bad but even then i would not pick at it. Just no interest in it.
     
  8. Exploradora Registered Senior Member

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    Sounds like self-injury. Here's a link.

    http://www.selfinjury.com/sifacts.htm

     
  9. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    so when i punch objects its actualy a form of self harm and a problem?. i thought i just like punching things.

    peace.
     
  10. Medicine*Woman Jesus: Mythstory--Not History! Valued Senior Member

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    M*W: It's probably an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). You have the urge to pick your scabs, and it becomes a repetitive action. It feels good, and you can't stop. Pleasure and pain are a close knit pair. Scab picking is less socially scorned than say nose picking. I've studied the unusual habits of people, mostly women, who derive pleasure and pain from such activities as hair picking, skin cutting, hand washing, nail biting, and even shopping obsessive compulsively. I knew a woman who sliced her arms with razor blades, not enough to commit suicide, but just enough to cause pain and bleeding. She couldn't quit. Another woman I knew picked at the same scab on her elbow until it grew to about a quarter size scar. There is some sort of gratification people get from this type of behavior. There's really not much difference between monkeys in the zoo picking the skin of other monkeys and humans who pick at something on themselves and others. How many people do you know who cannot control themselves when a family member has a zit to squeeze? It's part of our animal nature. It's when it becomes a regular habit out of control that becomes abnormal.

    Out of curiosity and interest in this subject of human behavior, what other kinds of picking have any of you seen?
     
  11. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    Ear picking. Eye lash picking. Nail picking. Lip picking. Ass picking.
     
  12. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Yep, that's me. I see them on total strangers and I just want to volunteer my zit popping services.
     
  13. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    I also pick my scabs.
     
  14. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    LOL, My Mom would smack the crap outta all of you.
     
  15. Deathfromabove Hopeless and Useless Registered Senior Member

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    I have forgotton the medical term for compulsive scab picking, but i am ADDICTED to picking my scabs from scalp.:p . I relax my hair and sometimes it leaves burns on my scalp resulting loads scabs. My hand is always in my hair searching for scabs or sores to dig at.

    I especially love searching for scabs in the morning because all the sores i have had time to heal and are scabilicious.
     
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  16. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Heroin junkies do it.
    Are you riding the white horse?
     
  17. DaveC426913 Registered Senior Member

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    Cool. A forum to come out in.

    I think I was a dermatologist in a former life. I cannot resist zits - and I am in my 40's. Hunting for them is a routine part of my day - not a lot really, but every time I use the bathroom I might spend 5-10 minutes scouring my face and scalp for the sneaky ones - the ones that don't have any surface signs.

    Don't get me started...
     
  18. Looney Whaaaaat? Registered Senior Member

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    Oh, Dave that will just make them spread and get worse. As for you people who could pick other people's zits; eeeek! Gross! My husband once had a honker of a zit on his back with a huge pustule on it. He couldn't reach it so I had to do he honors. I was gagging. Blah! Never again. He can get a doctor to drain it.
     
  19. DaveC426913 Registered Senior Member

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    What? Like a wart?


    A sure sign that your spouse loves you is when they will get the zits that you can't.
     
  20. Pete It's not rocket surgery Moderator

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    Band-Aids. Cover your wounds with antiseptic cream and band-aids until healed.
    They'll heal faster, with no itching and no scab to pick.
     

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