What can I do to stop picking my scabs?

People use scab picking as a stress response because it provides a sense of relief that is reinforced; to change the behavior, you need to recognize it and find healthier responses. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discuss this behavior.

Skin Injury

Not all skin injuries are cuts and scrapes. Heat, friction and pressure can cause skin injuries like burns, sunburn and blisters. A burn is a traumatic skin injury caused by a heat source like scalding liquid or a hot pot, a radiation source like the suns rays, an electrical source like open wiring or a chemical source like acid. Depending on the severity of the burn, treatment can include wound care and pain management, skin grafting, intravenous fluids or cosmetic surgery. Some burns can form blisters, which actually act as a protective, fluid-filled buffer for damaged skin. Blisters also form from skin conditions like eczema and friction sources like ill-fitting shoes. Keeping the area clean with antibiotics and a dressing or bandage is usually enough to heal a blister.

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2018-08-21T01:04:32-04:00Health, Mental health, Sharecare, Stress|
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