I think I have onychophagia, I thought I could stop this, please advise?

I think i have onychophagia (?). I’ve mostly stopped biting my nails on my hands. My problem is my toes, and that i’ve graduated to using tools. pocket knife, trimming scissors…

I’ve basically removed the nails from 7 toes. When it heals into a faux nail (hard skin), I rip that right off. I don’t disinfect or bandage or anything, I just put socks right over it and go to work. I don’t know how i haven’t got a major infection by now.

What do I need to do. It hurts, but that doesn’t stop me. I stopped on my hands, i thought i could stop this. I can’t.

Medications: None

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3 Answers on "I think I have onychophagia, I thought I could stop this, please advise?"

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Dr. Ayman Darrag
Dr. Ayman Darrag

My opinion is you should consider both seeing a psychiatrist and a dentist for both psychological re assurance and medical treatment .
A dentist should use an appliance that will help you reduce biting nails.

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
Dr Ahmed Fawzy

My opinion you need to start by seeing a psychiatrist , a good psychiatrist can fix your problem in few weeks
Good Luck


It is a Psychological problem..
You need both Psychiatric counselling and medication..
Also do meditation and yoga to control the habits..
Keep yourself engaged in other activities to lessen your focus on your nails..