Can't Stand The Feeling Of Paper While Writing (Or Dry Materials)

by Melanie
(Cincinnati, OH)

I am working with a child who is so sensitive to the feel of paper or anything like it with a "dry feel", he says. He uses a transparency paper to put under his hand to write on paper. He is really interested in getting rid of this problem. He would like as many activities as possible that would help him in this area. Do you have any suggestions?


From what I know and suspect, this is directly related to tactile defensiveness. I have actually heard of others who are sensitive to this particular feeling as well. The best and only way I know of to overcome this would be desensitization and sensory integrative therapies such as The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol or The Burpee Method of Buzzing And Brushing. Both of these methods require specialized training and should only be done if you yourself have been trained, or if another OT who has been trained shows you. It also need to be monitored and supervised closely while the program is being used and fine tuned regarding frequency..




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Sep 20, 2016
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cringe
by: stacey

could it be to do with biting my nails. I bite quite bad sometimes on the tip of the finger. maybe I have messed with the nerve endings.

Sep 03, 2016
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Solution
by: Anonymous

"When ever you sit down sit on your hands and they will get hot and sweaty then when u touch the wood paper or wall it won't bother you (this is what I do to get through class)"

I do the sane thing! xD

Aug 13, 2016
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yuck!
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem and I hate it because certain lotions do not work. However, it is most noticeable when I am sleeping over at someone else's house right after a shower or bath.I most definitely can not stand touching fabrics and blankets the most.but I started washing my hands with bars of soap instead of liquid soap and it actually dose help.

Jul 13, 2016
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Solution
by: Saiya

When ever you sit down sit on your hands and they will get hot and sweaty then when u touch the wood paper or wall it won't bother you (this is what I do to get through class)

Jul 13, 2016
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Same
by: Kaai

I hate touching all of the things that people are listing and when my nail hits one and scrapes across it I cringe the rest of the day. When I was little I used to spit into my hands,that was gross so I started carrying lotion with me everywhere but after it dryed it made it worse. Two tips I have for people like me is to wash your hands thoroughly and then put on the creamy type lotion.If you aren't able to do that at the time then just hold it as tight as you can and you won't feel it's cringiness

Jul 07, 2016
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nails
by: Anonymous

I have this nail on a chalkboard kinda thing that happens whenever my nails scrape against paper or dry paint, i am not affect by anything else like Styrofoam but this just really gets to me. It makees e want to scream out in pain and the feeling stays with me all day. How do i get rid of that feeling.

Jul 06, 2016
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Can it only be one type of paper?And can it be sounds?
by: Anonymous

All my life I've reacted to this paper that feels kinda' chalky.When I touch it I cringe and have this irritating feeling going through my teeth and my stomach and I feel the need to scratch something else to ease the "pain".When I think about the feeling of touch this paper I have the same reaction as I do when touching the paper in real life only lighter.Sometimes I have the same but an even lighter reaction when the pads of my fingers are a little sweaty and I slide my fingers down different paper.I also have a terrible feeling when I hear someone whispering or eating with their mouth open.It's like I need to get out of there right then because it feels so bad. I even feel the need to bang on something.Do I have some type of disorder or?....

Jun 29, 2016
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ewwwww
by: Anonymous

same its so cringy and horrible

Jun 13, 2016
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OMG SAME!
by: Unknown

I have started to get this cringe feeling whenever I think of paper, wood or walking bare feet on carpet. So I first diagnosed myself when I got my first ever perfume (LOL!). I was so excited to open it (Davidoff Coo Water perfume btw) but my god the box gave me a cringe attack because of the cardboard and just hearing the sound gave me unpleasant goosebumps. I have realised that this sensation is increasing i.e when I am sleeping in my bed and my bare feet touches the bed sheets I just cringe so badly and even when I touch my hair I cringe (WTF!). However, it's not bad to the point it's making me want to kill myself. No. It's just really irritating and the cringe sensation hurts.

I do think having a lotion with me may help so I might just get one as the comments below are recommending.

Jun 02, 2016
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Eli
by: Anonymous

I have this and it drives me nuts I'm in middle school

May 31, 2016
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ME TOO
by: Anonymous

People always make fun of me because of this. It's really annoying. They don't know what it feels like.

I'm SO glad I'm not the only one.


I love you guys.
We're family, we're home ♥.

May 31, 2016
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I'm so happy!
by: Catherine

I have literally struggled with this my entire life! I'm so happy that I'm not the only one! The thought of touching paper, cardboard, dry wood or anything with that dry sensation is making me cringe. When I do touch anything like that or simply see it/think about it, I just a violent and instant wave of goosebumps all over my body and I shiver and just cringe.

However, despite the teasing over the years, I am able to just ignore the shivering and goosebumps and touch the paper etc when I need to. Sometimes I don't even get a reaction. I personally think it is about training yourself to embrace and get used to the feeling. As a psychology student I can honestly say that with this sort of thing, it really is about mind over matter. But as always, everyone is different so it may not work for others.

I've just managed to train myself (only sometimes) to accept the feeling and not let it affect me! Good luck guys!

May 17, 2016
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Terrible feeling when touching certain dry things
by: Nuke

I have licked my fingers often all my life even as a child in school. Unfinished wooden spoons, paper, cardboard, dry towels, etc. gives me that chilling feeling you get when someone scratches a chalkboard with that annoying screech sound. Licking my fingers helps. As an adult, I wet the handle of the wooden spoons, and use lotions before touching papers. But licking my fingers is my quick fix, and a day does not go by where I don't lick my fingers at least once a day. Wish I knew what this condition was called, but it seems like a common issue.

May 08, 2016
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I'm not crazy! I'm so happy I'm not alone in this! (Going through childhood with this)
by: Annon L

I'm actually crying from pure joy that there are other people out there who are going through the same thing!

I've had this since birth, I can't stand the feel or sound of sand or dirt, or any rough/gritty/dry surfaces, like rough scratchy fabric/materials, paper, wood, powder, powdery concrete, chalk, cardboard, etc. It feels like my skin is burning and I feel sick to my stomach.
The SOUND of scrapping/rubbing can be beyond cringe-worthy - my throat chokes up and it feels like I want to cut off my ears! Really sparks irritation and violent urges!
Scratching nails accidentally against paper/cardboard is the WORST! I feel like I want to pull off the affected nail (I try to put pressure on it and wait for the sensation to go away).

I'm curious, is anyone else affected by rough skin abrasions? Do you ever feel the need to 'tear them off' to 'smooth' out your skin??

CHILDHOOD:

For parents with children who have this, it's great that you're looking into this! Please support your kid/s! This 'disorder' is very isolating. School was a nightmare for me. I felt very alone because if I told people that what they were doing was making me uncomfortable, they would deliberately use it against me to hurt me. If I didn't tell people, I would be forced into uncomfortable situations. Add that to parents and siblings who thought you were crazy/attention-seeking makes for a pretty sad kid.
Being exposed for long periods to things they are overly-sensitive to WILL MAKE THEM TIRED AND IRRITABLE! Kids are likely to be more open about it but adults are just better at accepting/or hiding it (poker face).

COPING METHODS:

WRITING: I used a wide plastic ruler under my hand/arm for writing, and I would use a ballpoint pen whenever available. I would lick my hands if I didn't have anything else available but it didn't last for very long.
(Going into high school, I tried to desensitise myself by practicing with paper a few times a day. No more ruler, but it is still very irritating!)

READING: I lick my fingers/use hand lotion or use gloves/long sleeves and a plastic ruler to hold the pages down while reading books.

DRAWING: I love drawing and I hate it. As a kid, I would wear long sleeves to shield my hands/arms from the paper and use my shoulders and free arm to block out the noise of the pencil on paper. Thankfully we have ipods and earbuds now to help with that ;) Switch it over to pens or high-quality graphite pencils (smoother on paper). AND WELCOME THE DIGITAL AGE WHERE WE CAN DRAW WITH TABLETS :'D

WORK: No help here really. Grit your teeth, there isn't much you can do about it. When you have break, give yourself a space where you can zone out and disconnect for bit.

DEALING: The way I have dealt with this is by learning to disassociate/disconnect myself (though this can lead to other problems).
My advice, give yourself time everyday to meditate/chill to distress your senses. Lots and lots of water to help keep your skin hydrated and keep hand lotion handy.

21 y/o, female, (only person in family with this).

May 06, 2016
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Confirmation after 42 years
by: Anonymous

All my life I couldn't touch wooden spoons handles or knives dishwasher glasses..taracatta pots..my man took me out to eat last week...I could not touch the napkin ...he's seen my episodes before..he's so good he just takes the knives away. I asked the waitress if they got new napkins she said no which made me think I was crazy. We went back a couple weeks later sat at the bar..again couldn't touch the napkin.I wanted to spit on my hands..I asked the bartender if they got new napkins..yes a couple of weeks ago. I was so happy to prove to my man I really have something. I called my mom and five siblings to tell them its REAL and I finally have proof and witnesses!!

Apr 29, 2016
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Support groups?
by: Jennifer Parrish

Unfinished wood and metal pans, paper, cardboard, and chalk. I'm nauseas just reading the comments. Is there a support group for this? I hate this! I'm a mom and I don't need this in my life!

Apr 28, 2016
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100% feel the same way
by: Allie

So glad I'm not the only one who suffers from this! People think I'm crazy! I can't stand touching cotton balls or towels either! Drives me crazy.

Apr 21, 2016
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Folding paper
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the feeling of running my hands along paper in order to crease it and sometimes after I wash my hands they feel weird to touch on paper and it makes a cringey feeling.

Apr 09, 2016
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Weird and a struggle
by: Anonymous

I have a felling when I use a pencil to write I get a dry mouth and like some wired chill but when I put something in my ways so I can't here it s fine it's really a struggle mostly in school

Apr 05, 2016
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Help?
by: CheesyGarlicBread

I can normally stand the feeling of paper, but after I wash my hands everything feels chalky and rough. I hate it. This process takes about 10-15 minutes to clear up, but sometimes I have to write a lot so I lick my hands to make them 'not chalky', but it never works. This even happens to my feet when I shower; blankets and carpets just feel scratchy and rough and blankets feel like microfiber. (uugh i can't stand microfiber) I don't know if this is a real thing but I'm wondering if I have a skin sensitivity or disorder. Help?

Mar 29, 2016
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Lotion helps me.
by: Anonymous

After I take showers, I can't stand the feeling of my skin touching powders and most fabrics. Lotion helps, but it is still annoying. I will stand on smooth floors and avoid carpets at all cost when this happens. As someone who bakes a lot, it is annoying when I get goosebumps from touching flour.

Mar 23, 2016
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Same problem (cant take showers)
by: Anonymous

I am 16 now and for about 5-6 years now I have the same problem when getting into contact with water. It's similar to what other people were explaining as "scraping a chalkboard". I cant stand it.. I go months without taking showers. It's getting really bad and I want answers.

Mar 15, 2016
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Omg
by: Anonymous

You guys gotta try Lanolin for hands/feet!!!! It's a nipple cream for nursing mothers. I know a little weird but it works! I could have this on my hands and then wash them and not need to reapply! Such a huge relief to have something that works so well!


Mar 13, 2016
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Paper problems
by: Anonymous

So interesting seeing people having exactly the same problem as me. I'm really struggling with homework..

Mar 11, 2016
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I have had this all my life
by: dd

I hate touching paper or dry unvarnished wood (like wooden spoons). Smoother paper is worse than rough paper. It is also worse if my fingers have been recently made wet (after a shower, swimming or some other activity that causes pruning of the skin, especially). It is so weird to finally read cases where other people are similarly affected.

Mar 10, 2016
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My Child
by: amy

I have a 9 year old little girl and she has to wear gloves to touch any papers. It is very hard doing homework and reading. Has anyone ever used medication to tackle this problem?

Mar 09, 2016
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Heavy metals and OCD
by: Anonymous

All of you that think it has something to do with heavy metals in your system, you are correct. Have a look at this book, called Medical Medium by Anthony Williams (he's on facebook too). He discusses heavy metal toxicity and how to overcome it. His book is fantastic. Good luck!


Mar 02, 2016
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I'm glad I'm not the only one
by: Anonymous

I have had this annoyance for at least 10-15 yrs. Lotion does help a little.

Feb 22, 2016
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Any idea what's happening?
by: Eden Calavari

I'm a high school student in a butt load of AP courses, so, naturally I have a lot of work. But whenever I touch paper that is really refined, like completely smooth, I just freak out. I can work with sketchbook paper and grainy notebooks but it's so obnoxious...please help!

Feb 16, 2016
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Sortkwick
by: Anonymous

Just a quick update, Sortkwick is AMAZING for helping this. You can get it at a office supply store. Just tried it today and I don't have keep reapplying it, nor do I get that residue I get from using lotions.

Feb 14, 2016
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So I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

It's really interesting to read there is such a wide spectrum of different textures and levels of aversion to touching them. I never had an issue with this until my mid to late 30s when I noticed it one day while picking up a wooden spoon. It almost felt repulsive to hold it for very long. It was and still is an odd feeling.

For me personally, it's:

dry, rough, or unfinished wood
cardboard boxes

I have tried overcoming this by forcing myself to get used to the feeling and power through it; sometimes it's not too bad but usually I just get the task done as quickly as possible and move on.

I have no idea what would have brought this on so late in life. I've never had sensory issues as a child but my son does have issues with loud sounds and has trouble concentrating on tasks. But he is excellent at puzzles, sorting and organizing.

For me I think it could be some sort of heavy metal poisoning or toxicity. I have developed an allergy to raw aluminum over the years. Possibly from working on automobiles and handling from from polishing trim parts and wheels. Now I have to make sure to wear gloves of some sort to avoid breaking out in with an itching rash. Aluminum is very bad for the body and I believe it could have adverse effects on the nervous system as well.

Feb 12, 2016
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Why is this happeningggg
by: Julz

I am 21 and this has been happening to me for awhile! Does this mean it is a type of a sensory processing disorder? I can not stand the sound of cardboard opening and I can't even touch it without putting on massive amounts of lotion ( gold bond only but that only last a minute maybe) a few more things do that like clothes unless they are silky, linens, and most things that are fabric related or paper related even after washing my hands or showering!!!!. Sometimes it makes my hands hurt so bad I have to lick them ( gross I know) all during the day my hands will get dry and immediately start hurting and needing lotion . Is there anything that can help? Anyone know what is causing it? It is so terrible and I'm so happy someone else has it besides me

Jan 23, 2016
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Dryness
by: Cate

I can't believe I'm not alone! I'm 22 and I've had this "quirk" for a long time. Usually I can just cope by putting on lotion after I touch anything of a particular dry texture.

Things that really bother me:
-Fabric car upholstery, felt, etc.
-Untreated cardboard and wood
-Anything rubbing on carpet
-The feeling of powders on my skin (baby powder, chalk, etc.)
-Dry towels

Touching or hearing any of the above makes my teeth hurt and my hands/feet feel dry and paralyzed. Anytime I do laundry or have to touch anything I dislike I just put on lotion before, during, and after and it's bearable. I'm hoping that as I get older the amount of lotion I put on will slow the aging process of my skin--so this could be a good thing!

I do really like the feeling of very glossy and smooth things. I love the feeling of silky sheets, sleeping bags, tent material, and smooth marble/granite. Sometimes I can counteract the feeling of dry things by touching something smooth.

Jan 17, 2016
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I wish I had sweaty palms lol
by: Anonymous

Hi guys, so I have had the same issue with the "dryness" coming mainly from after water use shower, washing hands etc. and it gets a lot worse in the winter time or when its rainy for me. I think I have traced this to its source, and would like to hear feed back. I've talked to my parents about when this all started and they believe it was about the time I turned 6-7 right before going into 1st grade school. The only thing I can really come up with with all the many hours of research and doctor visits (my doctor had heard of this kinda thing from one other person before me).

I think it could be some sort of heavy metal poisoning to the brain. Probably from all the vaccinations we get at birth or before starting school. Things like mercury tooth filling and all sorts of other toxins we come in contact with, maybe the cause of this reaction in our brains. So I have started to change my diet to a more plant based diet with high focus on super foods that help with the detox of metals like cilantro, parsley, honey, and high fiber foods like chi seeds and flax seeds. Ive also started juicing vegetables. Im going to give this a try and see if it helps and I will repost if I get any results. Please any feed back is welcome.

Jan 17, 2016
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PLZ HELP
by: Anonymous

i was drawing a diagram of a stem cell but after working with my pencil for a few seconds (not even a min) a felt to werid to even hold my pencil
and i had to take a few breaths. and when the side of my hand touches the paper it fells werid but bareable. now i use a pen and that makes it better but WHAT THE HELL DO I DO WITH THIS PROBLEM.

Jan 07, 2016
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Same problem!
by: Anonymous

I thought I was the only one in the world that felt like this! I absolutely hate it when people flip pages of their books and newspapers and I hate writing while touching the paper!! Why does this happen?!!!

Jan 05, 2016
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You are not alone
by: Anonymous

Writing this makes me cringe as I am pouting my lips that seems to help.... I'm 14 and now it is worse than ever I have had this problem for a few years anytime I go toilet (call on me gross) I can't wash my hands for the fear of the feeling afterwards SAME WITH SHOWERS a huge no no I can't stand it and I carry lotion every where and it is really annoying. I hate the feeling of towels on my hands rubbing on my nails and hands in fact I wake up in the middle of the night with berry dry hands and apply a ton of lotion in fact when I have no lotion I have no choice but to spit on my hands. Same with paper, I hate writing or touching paper washing dishes having showers and so on. My twin sister and older brother have the same problem I seem to have it worse. Please can someone tell me what this means

Jan 01, 2016
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lotion is key
by: Anonymous

Yes i have struggled as well with this same problem for 24 years now. Can not stand after showers or anytime washing my hands. Cold chills unless i am realived with lotion. I have been so curious as the what caused this to be. My brother also struggles with this problem. Which makes me so curious why? He's. A year older then me (25) im 24. And this. Has been our whole life battle. Its nothing horrible. To live with more like annoying. Especially if no lotion is around. But time also helps. Then i feel normal like it doesn't Bother me until i have to wash my hands again!. And winter makes it sooo much active. I wish i knew why this happened. Id say something with my mothers pregnancy. Or my father. My sister is fine-Diff dad. But my only brother who has this makes me wonder about father . Mystery but i thought. We was the. Only two with this problem. I i use to think it was normal. My mom thought. I was. Weird with a lotion fobiea. Lol

Id ask people who carry lotion n they wouldn't.have the problem then they look at me crazy lol iv never actually met someone besides my brother who's with our problem. I have searched and asked though

Dec 25, 2015
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I hate dry skin
by: Anonymous

I am an adult and have hated anything dry, especially the feeling of brown paper bags on my skin, my whole life. I have no sensory processing disorder. I am fully neurotypical in every way and it has not had any negative impact on my life. I have met many people who dislike dryness. I don't see why this is something you have to "fix" or "diagnose", unless this is one of many other problems. I just don't use brown paper bags, and I keep my skin moisturized so it's not dry when my skin rubs on paper when I'm writing.

Dec 19, 2015
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Same prob
by: Anonymous

Im a 13 year old and since I was 5 years old, I hated rubbing paper together or the sound with writing a pencil on a paper. I hate this sound.

Dec 12, 2015
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Me too, thought I was only one
by: Anonymous

Just like others, I decided to look up why this happens to me also and was suprised to find this. it's happened my whole life but bugged me more now in my 30s, although I can handle it better. Just the thought of touching paper gives me goosebumps and as a kid I used to lick my hand to deal with it touching the paper. I still do that in emergency situations but mostly I learned to keep lotion around. I noticed it happens worse after showers. And I can't touch towels hardly, I have to have moisture in my hands or I cringe and want to lick my fingers. I'm also bothered by the thought of cotton or cloth in my mouth. If I imagine putting tablecloth material in my mouth and biting down I get horrible goosebumps. Makes me want to cringe up and push my lips out ... Weird to say that out loud. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone on some stuff!

Nov 17, 2015
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nose blowing
by: stacey

I hate when people blow their nose it makes me cringe so much. Also I hate when people say `S` I don't know what's wrong with me. Also dry materials make me cringe I'm nearly 17 and have had it for a few years now but this year is the worst. I don't even like the feel of my clothes if their really dry or cotton. I thought I was the only one who had this aha. It kinda hurts when I cringe people can tell when I'm cringing because my lips stick out aha. I'm actually sick of this now I can do anything without cringing.

Nov 11, 2015
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ME TOO
by: Anonymous

This is what i have. I cant stand the feel of paper,cardboard,stairophone, my bed sheets, anything dry, my couch, about probably 3/4 of materials and i CANNOT have dry of dirty feet i cant stand it. Im 13 and ive had it for a couple years but this year has been the worst the clothes im wearing now i cant touch i just hate the feeling ughhhh im sick of it and want it to go by i dont know how.

Nov 03, 2015
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Same
by: Anonymous

I've had this too for a long time, sometimes it's worse like in the winter and the air is so dry. I get chills touching fabrics that are too soft as well. My mother has only said she hates the feeling of wooden spoons. Lotion helps me. I always have nail polish on too since the bare nail is very dry. Filing my clean dry nails is terrible, I have to bite my lips the entire time because it feels like filing my teeth.


20/female

Oct 27, 2015
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Another
by: ATomonumous Vee

I would like to add moist dirt has active probiotics in it, also certain clays moisturize on a deep level. You can do "grounding" with dirt but not clay. that might help the ocd part of it.

Oct 26, 2015
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i even get night mares,
by: ATomonymous Vee

use goat skin soap bc it has an equal ph as human skin. for nails, strength you can squeeze vitamin E out of capsules, biotin every third day for nail strength, and sodium and low levels of creitine to keep hydrated. also pews at church, cotton balls, and in the morning holding a pencil and paper in the morning only sometimes when i am writing in my dream journal. i have even had night mares about hanging on dry church rafters holding on for dear life, dads a minister and i hope no one else has one. Also essential oil like stinky neem will do skin wonders. not autism in my opinion (i think i have lli if anything) , just dry skin and a small ocd to be comfortable. my parents don't have it, my german mom is a librarian and the dry papers made her hand permanently dry, but my brother dose. lets call it the dry chills, its deff universally called the "chills"! LLi (low latency inhibition) and oversensitive i feel would go hand in hand.

Oct 24, 2015
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Me too
by: Andrew

I knew someone else could have this.

I have mild discomfort with the dry feel of toilet paper and paper towel.

I definitely get the goose bumps with stairofoam and several cardboard items.. especially egg boxes.

It is as if I allergic to this dry feel.

I do not think this is related, but my dad is irish my mom Honduran.

Oct 08, 2015
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I also have this problem
by: Diane

Well tonight I decided to look up why I can't stand the feel of certain things. I can't touch Styrofoam, newspaper, chalk, chalkboard, pencils, sand, baby powder, cardboard, white egg shells and some books with dry pages. I remember as a child and as far back as I can remember. I have a photo my mother took of me washing my feet because I couldn't stand the feel of the dirt on my feet. Pencils in school were horrid to use, I prefer pen's, on shiny paper. I am white, American, mother's side is Irish, father's has some Cherokee native American and Irish. Not sure why this may be important genetically. I can only have shiny everything, paper, sheets, guess it's that horrid dry feeling. As a child I had sucked my thumb until about 10years of age, I had anxiety and reoccurring night terrors. I have no clue the name of this sensory problem, but it's always been with me. I also sleep with my arm straight up in the air and if someone pushes it down it goes back up again. Also found stroking my arm with my other hand. While I was asleep. Any idea's.

Oct 03, 2015
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Can't touch powered things
by: Anonymous

Why do I shiver and get goosebumps when I touch flour or any powdered things? Could anyone help me on why that is

Sep 20, 2015
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I feel weird
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I CANNOT touch anything made of unpolished wood.

I also HATE touching receipts, paper.

I can't bear touching newspapers.

What does it do to me if I do ? I get uncontrollable shivers and goosebumps all over my body. Just thinking about it makes me react like that. Same when I type about it...

I've been like that for as long as I can remember, I'm almost 28 now. It's really annoying.

Sep 04, 2015
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wooden icecream spoons - my nemesis
by: ml

Eating from/holding popsicle sticks and those aweful EVIL wooden spoons in school icecream snacks. Arrgh! Chills, jaw clenched. And, dear doctor, I can completely flatten my tongue out WITHOUT your wooden tongue depressor, thank you very much. Cheap wooden pencils, especially when they get that rough spot in the lead, or worse, get dull and the wood skritches on the paper. The chills are so bad if I try to speak, since my jaw locks, i merely utter an eloquent "Unngg-unnngg-mmmnnnggg".

Aug 30, 2015
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I'm not alone!!
by: Primcess D

Omg finally I've found other people who feel the same terror of dryness as I do. This has existed as long as I can remember. My dad used to make lefse during holidays because he's Norwegian and it takes a LOT of flour to make it. He would press out the potatoes and roll them out onto flour and I remember being 4 years old and getting this horrible feeling like nails on a chalkboard around the flour. It got even worse as I got older. I went on a ride up a mountain once and my feet got all dirty and dry and I started crying and made my mom find me a bottle of water to alleviate the dryness. I thought it was a phobia but it makes sense that it's a sensory disorder because it's such a horrible and unavoidable feeling.

I couldn't even participate in cooking class back in high school because the flour and icing sugar was too dry and made me shake and cry. I can't stand paper either most of the time or dry hands or dry feet. Even going to the beach is terrifying because the sand is so dry and powdery it freaks me out. I wonder why nobody knows about this.

Aug 27, 2015
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Me too but I have a solution
by: Anonymous

I cant stand the feeling of anything dry, especially paper. I swear by :sortkwik" you can get it at most office supply stores and it last forever. It creates a film on your hands similar to lotion. Its non-toxic, hygienic and long long lasting. I use it all day everyday as Im a paper/pencil pusher for a living. It doesnt leave your hands oily. So hard to explain but the person having this problem will love it. It is also excellent for anyone flipping papers that cant stand licking their fingers to flip.

Aug 25, 2015
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It has nothing to do with autism not even closely related.
by: Laen

I didn't have this problem when I was younger, it randomly started happening in my late teens. If I wash my hands and I am forced to do so at least 25 times a day, for long periods of time because of my job.(<-- It could be related to overwashing and letting my hands dry out to much.) I can not touch paper products,egg shells,egg cartons,some glass,pottery and dry gritty materials anymore, unless I have my gold bond hand cream. Touching any of these things gives me the same sensation of dragging my nails across a chalkboard.

Aug 17, 2015
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Dishes
by: Anonymous

Someone below commented about how she can't take showers because of the feeling after wards, I totally get that, it's even worse when I have to do the dishes, my parents don't understand this and it kills me to do the chore

Aug 10, 2015
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You're not crazy
by: TthePT

I too have had this condition my entire life. It mostly affects my hands, occasionally the soles of my feet and when it strikes I can't touch ANYTHING until I put on a "good" lotion that works.

I was lucky because my Mother also has it, knew it was real and not just me being weird. Now one of my daughter's has it as well, which makes me question a genetic component. The way it was explained to me what that we don't have enough sebum and/or other proteins that serve to keep moisture in the skin. If your hands get wet it washes what little oils or moisture off of the skin. If you touch something with significantly less moisture in it that your hands it leaches away the oils and moisture on your skin. Anything that takes away the oils and/or moisture in your skin leaves you with that horrible dry hands, I can't touch anything, nails on the chalkboard feeling. In our family we call it a "Lotion Emergency"

Through trial and error we've discovered what lotions are "good lotions" and work and other that either don't work or make things worse. I love Johnson and Johnsons Baby Lotion, and Gold Bond Ultimate to name a couple. I have lotion on me at all times and must put it on immediately after every time I wash my hands. I am a physical therapist so that can be a lot of times.

At my daughter's school I had to write a note and call it "and unusual form of eczema", to make sure my daughter can keep lotion at her desk and/or on her person and not have it confiscated by an over zealous teacher or day care provider.
In short - figure out what lotions work for you and always have it nearby so you can put it on immediately after any irritating encounter. I hope this helps someone. I too hope they find a name for this condition and legitimize it so we can work on even better solutions.

Jul 25, 2015
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Same here
by: Anonymous

Thank god I searched this up. I always thought it was only me. Can't stand the sound of fingers on fabric, it makes me cringe, it gives me goosebumps.

Jun 30, 2015
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Finally I'm not alone
by: Elina

Wallpaper is by far the WORST for me! Only the thought of it makes me want to scream. And when people rub their hands together..oh god.. And it just never goes away. Always had it.

Jun 25, 2015
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Understandable
by: Anonymous

My boyfriend, who is now 19, does the same thing. He can't touch money or anything really dry or else he'll panic and start gasping for air. He says it's like an asthma attack to him, where he can barely breathe. It scares me most when we're on a date and he can't handle the money because he'll start gasping again. It's the same with dust or certain paper or even certain tables. He'll say they feel too dry and we'll have to move to a different spot or choose something different. I love him dearly, this just scares me.

Jun 24, 2015
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How I cope with it
by: Anonymous

I feel so much better knowing that this is a real thing. Usually I layer on a ton of lotion to help myself cope with the dry feelings. When lotion is not available I constantly lick my fingers to keep them moist.

Jun 22, 2015
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Showers
by: anonymous

I am 16 now and this all started around 11-12 years of age... Now that I think about it.. when I was younger I would always hate the feel of dry things such as paper and dry hands of the other students. But now it's much worse.. I can not take showers! Afterwards I get a really weird feeling that I cant really explain... I don't like to touch ANYTHING.. I keep my hands to my sides.. usually my skin is the only thing that feels right.. I tend to go to bed to sleep it off as fast as I can... I don't take showers but maybe once a month now.. and this is a huge problem...

Jun 18, 2015
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any solution please
by: Anonymous

I get that weird feeling too when someone rubs against any type of fabric.Its crazy and i feel like screaming really loud! It sounds too funny to others. Is there any quick solution to this like controlling that feeling at least at that moment. Please anyody??

May 18, 2015
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Help!!!
by: Anonymous

My 13 year old son does not read story books because of the dry hand feeling. He constantly kicks his hands. But I'm more concerned when he is in his science class, if he licks his hands there he could ingest harmful chemicals etc. so his teacher suggested he wears gloves during the science lesson!!

Also, he does not shower often because his hands and feet become extremely dry and he hates that feeling. When I tell him do his homework after the shower he refuses and says he will do the homework before having a shower because he cannot touch his books or papers due to his hands becoming dry. He also hates the fork rubbing on the plate!!!

May 17, 2015
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i hate this cringing feeling.. i feel crazy
by: Anonymous

Okay reading all the comments on here is a HUGE trigger for me as even thinking about these things. Fresh washed towels, paper, toilet paper ESPECIALLY. Dust, dusty concrete, paper towels, books, chalk, chalk boards. . Those fences made out of that awful material that really old cars are made of and always have the urge to scratch and i scratch it and it makes me feel repulsed and bends my brittle nails back... i am really struggling with this in my job as im a cleaner. And my partner is a tiler so hes always COVERED in dust and i cant let him touch me til he showers ... i feel crazy.....

May 13, 2015
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Not a phobia
by: Anonymous

This issue that we all seem to have in common is in my opinion not a phobia. As others have already said, its not really a fear of dry things, its some sort of misinterpretation by the brain. For someone who does not have it, I would try to imagine receiving the common uncomfortable feeling of chalk screeching on a chalkboard when touching paper or other dry things as well as hearing dry things rubbed together. I've been conducting some thorough research, but it seems that across the internet the condition is not widely known. I think the best thing for us all to do is spread this comment list around and get people to recognize its existence. People, when your doctor or shrink or anybody else raises their eyebrow at you I would show them this long list of people who all identify with the condition. Personally I think it is some form of S.P.D. (Thus the location of the post on this site).

Apr 27, 2015
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same!
by: Emma

This is what gives it to me:

-anything with a fine chalk or dust (rock-climbing chalk, sidewalk chalk, playground sand in your shoe, talcum powder). this is the worst
-foam sandals
-certain fabrics such as fleece or the upholstery in my mom's car, although once I start thinking about it really any rough fabric can give it to me.
-creasing paper
-getting graphite on the side of your hand after drawing or writing for a long time
-touching newspaper
-people rubbing their dry hands on my skin, especially my legs. if i start thinking about it though it can be their hands moving across any part of my body that gives it to me

When I touch any of these things or even think about touching any of them my hands and feet get really sweaty and I feel really uncomfortable.

If I start feeling this way the only thing for me to do is take a shower and moisturize myself.

Exposure therapy does not work. I had a friend who thought it was a joke and that I was being dramatic and he forced me to wear a fleece jacket. It was horrible and I still am affected by it.

I know my dad gets this sensation with styrofoam and unfinished wood.

I'm glad there is a forum for people to talk about this. I had no idea that other people experienced this too. I definitely don't have it as bad as some other people do.

Apr 24, 2015
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Not autism!!
by: Anonymous

It is NOT autism or Aspergers! Please don't provide your "guesses" to people who are genuinely concerned with finding a solution for this problem. I have never enjoyed the feel of touching dry paper, chalk boards, cardboard,etc..my whole life and not once did I suspect "maybe I'm autistic" lol I wish I had an answer for what or why I have such a sensativity to it but I don't, nor do I pretend to. I try to use lotion on my hands often and have developed a quick way of folding paper at work that doesn't include sliding my fingers on the paper to crease it. (Which drives me crazy when people do it) also I try not to tell even my closest friend of my uncomfortableness with paper and pencils because most people think it is a joke and will think it's funny to annoy me by doing it. So rule #1 for me..don't tell people! Lol

Apr 06, 2015
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Phase??
by: Anonymous

I'm 19 and just started getting these fears and sensations a couple months ago. I've gone my whole life being fine with touching towels, paper, using pencils etc until now, it's kind of freaking me out. Does anyone know why this came out of the blue? Will it subside? Please help

Apr 02, 2015
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Same
by: Anonymous

When I touch dry material or think of it my hands sweat like crazy and I cringe really bad u get really upset as well. I struggle with this problem very often. Can someone tell me what this is called?

Mar 14, 2015
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I Feel the Same Way
by: Anonymous

I'm in school, and I have this problem myself. If I ever wear sleeves, I pull them down so that it rests between my hand and the paper.

Does anyone else also get this feeling when using crayons?

Mar 02, 2015
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mat be related to mild form of autism
by: Anonymous

My daughter has same experience can't stand to touch paper eat off paper plates. When sge was younger she would lick her hands. I can't stand it when I touch certain metal my hand itches and skin is sensitive to dirty surfaces it burns and tingkes. We need to find out what this is because these experiences as strange as they sound are real and need to be validated and researched to see if there is a cure. When we have looked up things in the past symptoms matched a form of autism called Aspergers. Think about how people with autism don't like to be touched. What If we are suffering from a very mild form of Aspergers. Look it up and let me know what you all think.

Mar 01, 2015
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I thought I was the only one.
by: Anonymous

I can't touch dry paper towels when my hands are dry. I get a strong urge to scratch the paper towel when I do, and it gives me chills. Whenever I need a paper towel, I have to get someone to wet it for me. Sometimes, I also get the strong urge to scratch any paper I may be using. Just like with paper towels, I get chills when I do this. I then have to wash my hands as soon as possible.

I can't stand the sound of paper rubbing together, which is especially difficult for me because I use blending stumps frequently in my artwork. I have to have music blaring in my ears so the sound doesn't bother me. I also can't stand the sound and feel of styrofoam or cardboard.

Feb 25, 2015
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Where do we go from here?
by: Maalik Muhammad

Ok, I've had this problem my whole life and I'm turning 25, after reading all these comments my whole body is trembling and full of goosebumps from just thinking about all this paper, cardboard, styrofoam, and chalk. So, now that I know I'm not crazy and there are all these people with this MAJOR problem and no one has any real answers...what is this diagnosis?! It's not a phobia...I'm not having nightmares or lock myself away to escape it..I've just dealt with it for 25 years..so it's not a fear...it's just an uncomfortable feeling like nails against a chalkboard, especially after wetting my hands.

We all know the symptoms now..what we don't know is what caused this? Why are we silently suffering? Is this hereditary and genetically inherited? Is there a cure? He'll, is there even a real name other than sensory processing disorder? We need to let this be known...what is everyone's race and gender? Are certain people more prone to have this than others? Are there any studies whatsoever to figure out what this is and if there is a cure. Maybe we can help each other out if no one else will...I find that certain lotions help, like Curel fragrance free, and certain Vaseline brands work best for me...that's how I've dealt with this...I also use a blow dryer to dry off with instead of a towel and lotion down from head to toe, also latex gloves. If we can show that this is a disease or a disorder we can save our children and ourselves a lot of discomfort...for example: in the classroom setting or even the work setting, people with this disorder that have to ha e constant contact with paper should be able to wear powder-free latex(or plastic, etc.) gloves and it may help. My email is smp.willsnow@gmail.com, send me an email if you have any information or just want to correspond and rant to each other about how bad this sucks until we can do something about it, but we first need to know exactly what this is...I don't know if SPD is the actual medical diagnosis of this or just words being used so we have SOMETHING to call this problem we're all experiencing...thanks

Feb 23, 2015
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me tto
by: Anonymous

im 11 and had that feeling my whole life its really annoying

Feb 17, 2015
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I'm amazed to find this page
by: Anonymous

I cannot stand even the thought of cardboard, or two pieces of paper rubbing against each other. Even as I'm typing this, i get those "chills" go up my back, similar to that feeling you get when you run nails across a chalkboard. This makes it INSANELY difficult to take notes in class. Using a pencil causes the same discomfort, there's just something about the dryness and the texture.. aslkdfj.

I need to stop typing about this because my body's going crazy with the "chills", or whatever it may be called.

If there's anything that can help this, I'd love to know.

Feb 06, 2015
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Me too
by: Brian

I am 11 and I feel horrible when I tou ch chalk, paper, , scrape fork on a plate and some type of fabric and wood etc. I hope there is a cure because I really hate it and it makes me go crazy. I want to be a psychiatrist when I'm older but I can't do it with this problem!

Feb 06, 2015
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It gets better
by: Anonymous

Hi
I am 51 years old and have always had a problem with the feel of paper and also dry hands after them getting wet. When I was young this was a major issue and I can relate to most of what others have said on here. One way or another I have managed to cope with this and accommodate my sensitivity so much so that I do not find it a big deal anymore. I always carry good quality hand lotion with me in case my hands get wet. As soon as they are dry I pop it on. I ask people not to please not rub their hands over paper or I move away if this occurs. I am just open about it. People think I'm weird but that's ok. Everyone has their quirks. I am a successful teacher. It helps me to understand my students and their needs better.

Jan 28, 2015
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Can't stand my clothes rubbing on me
by: Melissa

I'm 34 years old and my whole life I struggled at night while I try to sleep! I cannot stand the feeling of my clothing rubbing against my skin. Which makes it so difficult to get comfortable. While I breath of course, my stomach goes up and down and it drives me crazy to feel my cloths moving against my skin. I also cannot stand the sounds people make while they are eating, kissing or any other sound that has to do with mouth. I can't even stand the sound of my cat cleaning himself! I also can't stand and fabric running on wood or any material that is not smooth. These are just to name a few. They consume my thoughts and fill me with anxiety. It's nice to know that I'm not crazy! Best of luck to all of you...thank you for sharing.

Jan 25, 2015
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I HATE PAPER
by: Anonymous

Everyone always thinks I'm so crazy!!! Omg I can't use regular napkins. Or touch paper. And oh my gosh the sound of paper rubbing together. Aaahhhhhhhh I'm getting weird sensations in my hands thinking about it. Drives me nuts. I mean obviously I have to work with paper a lot. Sometimes I can handle it and then sometimes I get really weird about it!

Jan 20, 2015
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I cant stand it
by: Imy

I always thought i was the only one that i was weird but no other people live with this horrible thing too when ever my hands get wet and i let them dry swimming shower washing hands ect i cant touch paper clothes towels ect i hate it because when im at school we have swimming in the middle of the day and after we have a class where we have to use paper and we have to write i have to lick my hands or just attempt to not touch it with my fingers if anyone has a cure for this please tell me i hate it


Jan 19, 2015
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The funny feeling
by: Anonymous

I have this problem too. Every time my hands get wet I cant touch paper cardboard on any smooth material. I have to lick my fingers to keep them moist which makes it last longer! I call it the funny feeling.. is there no cure for this it's horrible!

Jan 08, 2015
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same!
by: Anonymous

I turn 18 soon and whenever i wash my hands i cant stand the feeling of paper, after a while i can kind of tolerate it but it sucks because i love to draw, but i absolutely cannot stand the feeling of chalk. If i touch it it gives me chills and my neck twitches as if i were cold.

Dec 31, 2014
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by: Anonymous

i have this i cant touch paper, carboard, and stuff like corn starch

Dec 28, 2014
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I have the same problem
by: Anonymous

Same here!
I have 34 Years old and after I wash my hands, I have an awful chill effect over my all body when i touch in clothes, paper, plastic very polished, cloth, etc.
When I have cold, this feeling is even more present.

I do not use any kind of lotion to my hands, never did, because I don't like to use anything on it.

I am a designer and I always use mouse pads mats and in the winter, I struggle to keep it comfortable.

Other thing that happens to me it's when I cut my finger nails, I suffer with "oversensibility" too, but even more evident...

I hate this feeling and this definitely mess with my day life!

Dec 26, 2014
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ASMR connection?
by: Anonymous

I'm 30 years old and i've always been uncomfortable touching paper with bare fingertips - especially if my hands are slightly sweaty at the time. The worst thing to do is to stroke all four of my fingertips down a piece of paper. For me it's nowhere near as bad as some of the other commenters describe, and I can actually do it, but it's inexplicably uncomfortable.

I'm curious to know if anyone else here is an ASMR experiencer also? I have a hunch this may be somewhat connected.

Dec 19, 2014
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magnesium
by: Anonymous

Me. Its really magnesium for me. It started in the first trimester of my pregnancy. I am now nursing a 6 month old and cancontrol it by eating foods high in magnesium (spinach, hemp, pumpkin) and taking a supplement of 200 mg. Im hoping it will go away when my daughter is weaned as my body should need less.

Dec 17, 2014
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by: Anonymous

fuzzy or soft materials, static, hair, pet fur, dusty substances, newspaper, bible pages, even my wife's skin at certain times doesn't make me cringe, these things cause me to seize up and not breathe right when I touch or am touched by them. Keeping a moist feeling on my lips and finger tips can help. Sometimes i can tough it out and some times its uncontrollable. I didn't bother to tell anyone about this until i was in my early-mid 20s. Its a family joke at this point, but still frustrating that it hasn't changed since 1st grade(earliest i remember it). I can be perfectly fine while public speaking and as soon as i feel the static between my arm and sleeve, i can't talk right because i have trouble breathing. Its almost like a stutter, but still different. I've been able to live with this issue just fine for over 25 years, but its really annoying and embarrassing at times.

Dec 13, 2014
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This is a real thing?
by: Anonymous

I've had this problem for many, many years. When I was younger I used to have an obsession with licking my fingers to keep them moist, and I still can't stand touching paper. It instantly gives me goosebumps and a very uncomfortable feeling to hear any kinds of screeching noises, like papers rubbing eachother or chalk in general (I hate touching chalk). Touching or getting dirt or sand on my self makes me incredibly uncomfortable. Books are a nightmare! I have to use a mechanical pencil, and if I have to use a regular one it has to be very sharp or I go nuts! Sometimes in school kids would notice my discomfort with paper rubbing and do it obnoxiously in my ears. It was very cruel and I could not find anybody else with the same problem, so nobody believed me! I have been to doctors and psychologists who could not help me! I am so glad to find out that this is a real thing and I am going to seek help.

Nov 20, 2014
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Me too! That dry feeling drives me crazy
by: K

Besides the feeling and goosebumps, it also makes my palms and soles sweat! I feel so bad when winter arrives as everything feels so dry then. And I don't like the feeling of lotion on hands as well. So far, I could only make myself feel better by grabbing something rough in hands and putting some rough sheets/papers inside my socks. Please let me know what else I can do to help.

Nov 19, 2014
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Yep
by: Anonymous

I usually cringe and feel sick when I touch something rough like paper or cardboard, EXPECIALLY when it's with my nail whenever it happens I freak. I've made it a habit to clip my fingernails everyday and be careful with projects involving cardboard 😋

Nov 19, 2014
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Same
by: Anonymous

I really need to find a cure. I can't use a pencil, fold paper, use chalk, or touch dry things without having this awful chills feelin and cringing. Someone please help. I can't stand it. I also can't stand the sound of dry snow being crushed

Oct 14, 2014
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hands after water
by: LoWo

I am so happy I looked this up. I've felt a little nuts my whole life, suffering from this dry hand feeling. Glad I'm not alone. I'm 34 now. I remember it started in grade school. I used to put Elmer's glue on my hands everyday as a type of barrier after getting my hands wet. All the school construction paper... It makes me cringe thinking about it. I got smarter as time went on and I remember I 'stole' some lotion from my mom and kept it in my desk. Now I cannot live without lotion. I really panic when I don't have any. I used to avoid getting my hands wet at all costs! But luckily lotion seems to do the trick. When I've finished showering or washing dishes, the first thing I do is put on lotion. And I may reapply it several times until my hands feel right. Another thing besides paper or cardboard that bothers me is dirt. Ugg I can't stand having that dry dirt on my hands. It makes my teeth hurt thinking about it.

Oct 05, 2014
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same thing here
by: Anonymous

i have extreme sensitivity to paper and like many have said on here use lotion,the problem is it seems like i soften my hands up to where i need it all of the time,I have found that working mans hands is by far the best stuff for not having such a bad time with paper touch or dry hands and it does not make your hands feel like they need more and more lotion

Sep 24, 2014
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Help
by: Anonymous

Can any of you help me? How do I help my first grader succeed in school when he has this condition. He doesn't like touching paper. He hates coloring with traditional crayons because they are wrapped in paper...thankful for twistables! His handwriting is horrible because he doesn't want to hold the paper down with his "free" hand...attempting to avoid touching the paper.

How did all of you survive school where EVERYTHING is all about PAPER?

Sep 21, 2014
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Sensitive Nerves
by: Noah

Now I know I'm just the hundredth person to add the comment simplified to "me too" but I have never been regarded seriously when I try to explain this condition. And yes like one of the other commentators said when you tell your friends in school to kindly not rub paper together in front of you they would rather try it out multiply times to see your reaction, it's awfully cruel. Usually when I experience any of the triggers I get very very cold, a kind of cold I could never will away no matter the temperature outside. When I was younger I tried to test out some of my boundaries and would wrap myself up in my thickest blanket, turn the heat up, and write on a piece of paper with a manual pencil (it's mechanical I can somewhat stand) and every time I would get a set of chills that could never be helped. Lotion does help but only to some extent. Also, my father (a doctor) always told me this was sensitive nerves.

Sep 19, 2014
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Same here!
by: Kevin

I'm 25, and I absolutely HATE the feel of paper on the side of my hand... in fact, any part of my body!

I can handle Toilet paper, as that's got a different feel to me.

I can't handle Paper, Cardboard (unless it's the smooth glossy type) and Ceramic.

It's also bad when cloth touches these things, the sound it makes leaves my teeth tingling and my mouth clenches slightly!

I've had this for as long as i can remember (Before school) but everyone at school thought i was joking or lying, and would continually try putting paper on me, or shoving sheets of paper down my clothes, which would make me feel extremely uncomfortable.

If I know i'm going to write something, i normally carry a small plastic sleeve with me, which i rest on the paper and then put my hand/arm on that, so i don't have to feel the paper... I've never been to the doctors to diagnose the problem, as (because of my schoolmates reactions) i always figured i was the odd-one-out :\

Sep 14, 2014
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sympathetic nervous system...
by: Anonymous

I am 50 and this just started a few weeks ago. Fingernails, toenails and teeth all feel like scratching a chalkboard. I thought just stress, but reading other comments I realized how bad I hated paper in school. My hands sweated to the point my test papers were all smudged and torn.

Dŕ. Said it was over sympathetic nervous system I would outgrow it. I am sweating profusely as I type this. I really do not want to touch newspaper or my notebook. The dentist visit was fun, too:(

Aug 28, 2014
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fingernails
by: Anonymous

My bed spread is really dry feeling and when my finger nails or toe nails touch them, I get an irritating tingly feeling. Same as when my fingernails run across a sheet of paper. It's so annoying but really anything dry. I have to have lotion on whenever I'm reading, writing, before i go to bed and after i wash dishes or shower

Aug 27, 2014
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sensory
by: Anonymous

I cannot touch anything with out lotion for hours after getting my hands wet. I have to put on lotion and only a certain brand. I'm miseslrable after a shower. I hate touching clothes, carpet, and paper. You actually couldn't pay me to touch paper after a shower. I avoid washing my hands and avoid touching anything wet. Water is my enemy and it only gets worse as I age. I carry lotion everywhere and put it on every couple minutes until the sensation is gone. I wear gloves when cleaning , doing laundry and dishes. I plan my day around my shower because I know I'll be not able to do anything but apply lotion for hours after. I also do not touch any type of oil or grease. Oil or grease will ruin my day. I will have to use lotion all day if I get oil or grease on me. I'm to embarrassed to try and explain this problem to a doctor.

Aug 21, 2014
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cardboard and paper&writing on paper
by: JAY

I really never told anybody until just recently my mom. I've had this as far back as i remember.with cardboard i have to have rubber gloves or i have to lotion or wet my my hands to handle. Same with paper. I really freak out inside-i get goose bumps uncontrollably.good diagnosis"SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER".WOW. I THOUGHT I WAS TRULY THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS.J.

Aug 11, 2014
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18, can't use mechanical pencils
by: Anonymous

I can not use mechanical pencils. the feeling and sound of them on paper makes me so uneasy. I love wooden pencils but they have to be sharp to not make me uncomfortable

Jul 29, 2014
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sensitivity
by: Anonymous

when my son was born, I noticed that his hands and feet were visibly more lined than any of my other children's (from the prints they took at the hospital). He is 10 now, and the problem with him touching anything dry is becoming worse. I always got sickened by chalk but nothing more severe than that. do you believe that it is magnesium deficiency? He will sometimes lick or bite his hands. His feet are the same. He wrinkles up like an old man in water.

Jul 27, 2014
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I can't touch glass anymore at all!
by: Anonymous

I have always had an issue with glass. When I was young and living at home, my Mom just told me that I would just grow out of it and get over it and that she used to hate glass, too. She had no compassion over the utter disgust I would feel just reaching for a glass from the cupboard. As a grown Mother (now 37) with two young children, a husband and a kitchen of my own, I cannot even bear to empty the dishwasher anymore it has gotten so bad. I was actually just trying to empty it and I got so sick and gaggy and frustrated I just decided to research this feeling. It's getting worse and worse and I have really noticed it's been so bad just since summer has started. My dishes are sitting in the kitchen and I'm sitting here typing and trying not to puke. I have been reading about other peoples' experiences and the way they feel on here. While I don't have the problems with paper and cardboard and paper like most others here, I would explain the way I feel when I touch glass to be identical to some of the posts I have read. It's just an uncontrollable all-over cringe and I feel like my legs are going to give out. Sometimes, (like today) it's so bad touching glass that I almost gag. Why do I suffer from this? It's a terrible way to live. I just want to throw everything glass that I own into the garbage. I have googled this problem in about as many ways as I can think of and this website is the closest I have come to finding anyone else on the planet with the same problem as me. Should I just call my doctor or a shrink or something? So frustrated and sick over this.

Jul 24, 2014
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Thank you, I though I was the only one.
by: Anonymous

Paper, Cardboard, Chalk , and felt, are my worst enemies. I just think about the feeling and i feel sick, my skin crawls and I tighten up. I haven't had this all my life. It started after puberty. I'm now 34 and all I want is to be able to use paper again without cringing. yes I also can only writh with a pen.

Jul 23, 2014
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Disgusting
by: Fredrik Nævisdal

When i hear the sound of paper or anything touching the blackboard in schoool, my mouth goes dry and I want to puke.

Jun 30, 2014
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I have it since i was born too
by: Anonymous

I'm a 21 years old boy, i have had this problem since i waz born, and i already had enough since it is getting worse by time.

Normally my skin would just be normal but when it's cold or i make any effort or even air touching my skin, it starts to get crazy and unbelievably sensitive.

When so, i can't touch my skin, i can't stand my clothes on me, my nipples be like super sensitive, the air that touches my body hair is killing me, and much worse.

Wish i could find some answers since doctors are no useful.

Jun 27, 2014
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Can't stand It
by: Anonymous

It makes my mouth sooooo dry :( even just thinking about it

Jun 27, 2014
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It's Getting Worse...
by: Anonymous

Other than paper and other "dry things" that I don't even want to type...I am wondering if any of you are experiencing any of these "issues" as well. I can't stay in a bath too long because I can't stand the feeling of the wrinkled skin Also I can't relax in the evenings because of the feeling where my skin rubs on other skin ie...crease in my neck, arms, legs...Im going crazy...Nothing I have tried between my skin helps Im begging for suggestions...I've tried all lotions, deodorants, neosporin

Jun 21, 2014
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And I thought I was just weird
by: Russell

Oh I think I have this too, just not as extreme as some of the other posters. I can't stand dryness on my fingers! For me it isn't just solids either like newspaper etc although they are a problem too. I also can't stand any kind of dry powders or particles like sawdust and chalk dust being on my fingers. I wouldn't call it a phobia as there is no fear involved it's more that I just find it unbearable.

Jun 14, 2014
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Glad to read this...
by: Anonymous

I'm 26 and have been dealing with this for as long as I can remember. I've always avoided washing my hands as much as possible at school when I was younger and at work now because if I do touching paper is horrible, even after lotion. I can't believe it took me this long to google "I get chills when I touch paper"! Like previous comments, cardboard and newspaper, anything with a rougher texture, are so much worse. And cardboard rubbed on my legs is like torture! I was hoping to find a solution to make this go away but haven't been able to find anything yet.

Jun 10, 2014
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WOW
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing. I can't handle cardboard and paper bags. I sometimes cry because it's too much for me. I constantly put on lotion and don't even like to hold hands. Even typing right now is bothering me a little. I hate hate hate construction paper and would cry a little everytime I had to use it in school. I thought everyone was like this. I thought everyone had to deal with the pain. I had dry feet on dry wood. Sometimes, I'd put water on the wood on purpose so I could walk. When I use chalk based pastels or chalk, I feel horrible and sometimes start gagging. I hate chalk on my hands too, or even using chalk. I would put water on the chalk when I was little to make it feel better. I just hate dry things and feel like there isn't enough lotion in the world for me. If you know of any cures, please email me : coopzdelite@gmail.com

Jun 04, 2014
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Magnesium deficiency
by: Anonymous

There are some articles online that link this to magnesium deficiency. Look it up guys!

Jun 03, 2014
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That Awful Feeling
by: Anonymous

I'm only 12 and I've had this disorder my whole life. I never knew what it was until now. I always thought everyone got that feeling to something. I hope this disorder isn't very common because it is one of the worst disorders to have. You just get this awful feeling touching really anything that's dry. Paper, pencil touching paper, dry wood and barefoot on dry well anything is awful to me. The dry wood doesn't affect me as much as paper. My school this year got ipads so i could do my work on those which is SO much better! Next year though there are no more ipads D:


Jun 02, 2014
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Out of the blue
by: Anonymous

I searched this in hopes for help. Im 17 years old and have the same problem as all of you. While writing on paper I get goosebumps because the feeling bothers me so much. Using a pencil on paper is even worse. I can only use a ballpoint pen while writing so I can actually some what focus on my work rather than the irritating sound and feeling. Its only getting worse. This began about 3 months ago and I have no idea how or why. Im still in search for answers.

May 27, 2014
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26 and just started having symptoms
by: Anonymous

This just started happening to me out of the blue. I'm 26 and have never had any sensory issues in the past but last week my nails started to have a dry, gritty feeling like nails on a chalkboard. Clothes and paper feels dry to my fingertips. I also think certain sounds seem louder and more irritating to me lately but I didn't connect the 2 until I read this thread. Everyone I tell has never heard of it and says to see a doctor but what can they do for it? Has anyone received an effective treatment?

May 23, 2014
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thanks all for posting this. I don't feel as crazy know. I really want to find a cure though.

May 16, 2014
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Hmm, I'm glad that I found this page. I only have a problem touching paper after I just washed my hands. Since I am a nurse I wash my hands all the time. I have to put lotion on immediately after washing my hands just to touch paper. I get comments about pulling my lotion out all the time. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone.

Apr 30, 2014
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I can't touch dry things
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. I hate the feeling of dry wood especially and chalk. My house has a deck of dry wood around it and when I was little I could walk on it barefoot ( but not in socks because I hate the rubbing of fabric against dry wood) but as I get older it gets worse. I'm 12 now and can't bear to touch it or walk on the deck. We have a door mat and I always stand on it, put on my shoes, then walk. I remember once I was on a chair in the sun on the deck. I had taken off my shoes and sat curled up on the chair. Then my sister stole my shoes and she said I was being stupid and acting like I hate dry things for attention. Then she went, threw the shoes at the door and walked in side. I had to sprint across the deck to the door and it was the worst experience of my life. After my hands have been wet for a long period of time( and gone wrinkly like in the shower) I can't stand paper. I usually can touch paper though.

Apr 29, 2014
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Thank God not Alone..
by: wildone

I cannot tell you how glad I am to know I am not alone. I know that statement has been repeated many times on this thread, but...My husband doesn't believe this is a "thing", believes I am crazy. I can barely hug people, have to wear gloves to break down boxes at work...The older I get the worse it gets. And explaining it to others? Yeeeah no. I feel like we should have a support group, haha! Or is there one, can someone give me a link if so?Reading your dislikes gave me chills at the thought of touching any of those. At the moment, when not using my hands to type, I have my fingers curled around my thumbs to prevent touching anything until I can find lotion..,.

Apr 13, 2014
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Holy flip
by: Anonymous

I can't stand hearing the sound of pencil on paper,touching paper,cardboard,wood, and any other dry material.

Apr 03, 2014
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I can't believe I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

I am so relieved and sorry to know that other people have this problem... It is truly the worst sensation. I can't stand rubbing my hand against paper when I write unless I have lotion on. Folding paper and removing eraser shavings are a real killer! I also can't stand paper table coverings at restaurants, or silverware rolled in napkins held together by that tiny strip of paper.
Also, walking on dry surfaces barefoot has become unbearable. Dry clothing has sometimes even bothered me.
I don't like some soft surfaces, such as towels, and certain tissue and toilet paper brands. Also, which I haven't seen mentioned here, I hate squeezing liquid out of like a wet towel or t-shirt. Sucking on a wet towel or sponge also gives me the creeps. Cardboard, paper cups, and even napkins bother me now.

I hope one day I'll be able to live fully peacefully again. I am so sorry for any of you that have these same sensations... It's indescribable. Sometimes I just ball up, hide my hands, lick them, lotion them, or (the strangest of all) purse my lips together when I'm experiencing paper or one of these other components.

I am only 16 and I'm in a world surrounded by paper. This hasn't gone on for all of my life, it has developed over the course at about five or so years.

You are not alone! I hope that I will discover a way to feel better.

Mar 29, 2014
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things I cant touch
by: Anonymous

I can't stand:
The rubbing of paper turning a page
Polystyrene
Whiteboard pens on paper
Pens scratching paper
Painted walls
Fingernails touching paint (cars/walls)
Ice lolly sticks
Pencil on paper

Any solutions?

Mar 24, 2014
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paper rubbing
by: Anonymous

Does anyone hate the sound the paper makes when someone rubs it between there index finger and thumb, trying to separate it from the next piece of paper like when turning a page in a book? I absolutely hate that sound.

Mar 12, 2014
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Me
by: Freaked Out Kid

Im in 7th Grade now, and i suffer from almost all of these symptoms, the only things i don't get cringes from is cardboard or Styrofoam. I hate this and i feel like no one understands, i have had this basically since i was in 3rd Grade, and now it is getting the best of me. I have a teacher (Math) That hates me and every time i write with my black pen, she gets mad in front of the class and tells me if i don't stop shes throwing out all my work i turn in. I CANT HELP IT, i feel like crying because it just seems like there's no way out but suffering, i don't know what to do about it because pencils on paper is my worst symptom and it seems like there is no cure...

Mar 08, 2014
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FINAILY ANOTHER WITH THESE SAME PROBLEMS
by: Anonymous

I AM 35yrs of age. I've had this for all my life yes lotion helps,or paper towels w/lotion witch is always expensive .please email me if you have this condition or if your a doctor an want to know more....jbeeler1632@att.net out of Knoxville,TN

Feb 18, 2014
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It is not just you...
by: Ant

I have the same problem.
Although I'm not sure if this specific condition is correctly defined as a "phobia" as I am not afraid of paper, but as earlier posts mentioned, I get chills & physically debilitating symptoms - similar but worse than fingernails down a chalkboard. The sensory overload can also cause vision loss if I persist in trying to tolerate/overcome the ailment.

I'm glad I found this thread & I hope to re-assure other people that you are not alone & you are not crazy (maybe you are, but for other reasons).

Feb 14, 2014
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Just use lotion of cream
by: Jan abellana

Ive been having this problem for a long time now. So how i deal with it, is I simply use lotion. The reason is because after i wash my hands, all the natural oil coating my fingers to prevent the feeling are gone so i end up with hands as dry as paper. This feeling gives us the same feeling as rubbing you nails against a black board. Hope this helped

Feb 07, 2014
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Lotion is my answer
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing....I hate the feeling of paper and other materials too. I have to have lotion on my hands at ALL times! Drives me crazy! But the strange thing is I have a brother and a nephew that is the same way...so I think it must be hereditary. I almost panic if I don't have lotion close at hand. When I wash my hands I have to put lotion on my hands immediately! As I get older, it gets worse!

Jan 04, 2014
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SPD
by: Anonymous

My 12 year old suffers from the same problem. He has a hard time working with paper, I noticed he grabbed books with his hands in a ball and knew something was bothering him.

He also walked in his toes since he was a toddler and I am thinking that it was probably the same tactile sensitivity that caused this. He was diagnosed as an idiopathic toe walker, or "I don't have the slightest idea why he walks like that".

There is a condition called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in which any of your senses is over sensitive or under sensitive. After doing research on SPD I contacted a doctor who specialized in neurological therapies and right now we are doing a 40 min daily therapy at home which consists on rubbing textures that calm him and textures that are a little discomfortable in order to desensitize him. We never do textures that he can't tolerate like styrofoam.

We have been doing the therapy for a month and it seems to calm him at the moment but the sensation returns after a while. The doctor told us to be patient and constant and that we will surely see positive results.

I also want to do allergy and intolerance tests to foods because I know that sometimes gluten can cause autistic symptoms. I will update again to let you know if anything worked.

Dec 31, 2013
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glad to know i'm not alone
by: Anonymous

this comment right here that one of you commented descrebes about 98% to a T : "I didn't realize this was uncommon
by: Anonymous

I've always had a sensitivity to that 'dry' feeling. I can remember my mom packing me paper bag lunches and the feel of the bag was awful. Cardboard is very unpleasant as well. I'm 28 now and frequently use lotion. If no lotion is available I also do the ball my hands to make them sweat trick, or if desperate, I will either press my hands over my mouth and use my warm moist breath to dampen them or if I can get away with it in the social setting, I'll lick my palms. Mine is not so severe that its ever kept me from functioning, I never even considered asking my mom not to use paper bags. I just thought this was something everyone had and you just dealt with it.

Tonight, my dog was scratching on the back door and the sound was giving me those dry chills and I mentioned to my husband that it was the same unpleasantness you get from touching cardboard, and he had no idea what I meant. That's when I thought, maybe this isn't normal,and ended up finding this page. As to one of the question asked, both the sound and the feel are equally unpleasant to me, but again its never been debilitating for me either, no matter how much I'd love to ball up to hide from the sensation or lash out at the source I've always just suffered thru. It's been very interesting to read all your comments so thank you for sharing."

That sums me up, I at first thought everyone hates dry things especially dry hands when in contact with paper or cardboard, it makes me crindge and gives me those chills too, i've used this guys same tricks to try to cope: the blowing breath on my hands, lotion, closing my hands tight in hopes that they sweat.

I just wonder what causes this? and what other things are linked to it? the paper n dry hands are the worst but i am sensitive with other things too, if i am barefoot or no shoes , i often walk around with my toes curled and my feet cringed up, or on the sides of my feet as if i am avoiding a lot of dirt or something, also i'm more sensitive to water temps than most IE: when swimming in summer i could take a half hour getting fully into the water if i wanted to/if i dont make myself just go quick, and also i dont like water as steaming hot as others do.

Is this just a part of some condition? or a seperate condition in itself??



Dec 20, 2013
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CHALK
by: Anonymous

Chalk on my hands is the worst for me! Even if I just think about it, I literally feel like I'm going to suffocate. It used to be just chalk that did this to me, but I've noticed in more recent years that dust, dirt, or anything dry like that has the same effect. Lotion seems to provide temporary relief. I use a lot of hand sanitizer when I'm at work, but that only makes my hands more dry in the long run. Seems to be getting worse as I get older. My daughter said if someone wanted to murder me, all they would have to do is cover my hands in chalkdust and I'd smother to death. Is this strictly a mental thing, or is there an actual physical reason?

Dec 13, 2013
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I didn't realize this was uncommon
by: Anonymous

I've always had a sensitivity to that 'dry' feeling. I can remember my mom packing me paper bag lunches and the feel of the bag was awful. Cardboard is very unpleasant as well. I'm 28 now and frequently use lotion. If no lotion is available I also do the ball my hands to make them sweat trick, or if desperate, I will either press my hands over my mouth and use my warm moist breath to dampen them or if I can get away with it in the social setting, I'll lick my palms. Mine is not so severe that its ever kept me from functioning, I never even considered asking my mom not to use paper bags. I just thought this was something everyone had and you just dealt with it.

Tonight, my dog was scratching on the back door and the sound was giving me those dry chills and I mentioned to my husband that it was the same unpleasantness you get from touching cardboard, and he had no idea what I meant. That's when I thought, maybe this isn't normal,and ended up finding this page. As to one of the question asked, both the sound and the feel are equally unpleasant to me, but again its never been debilitating for me either, no matter how much I'd love to ball up to hide from the sensation or lash out at the source I've always just suffered thru. It's been very interesting to read all your comments so thank you for sharing.

Dec 05, 2013
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I HATE the feel of paper!
by: Laina

I'm so glad to see that their are others with my same "phobia" or whatever people want to call it. But I absolutely HATE especially when people fold paper and slide their two stupid fingers OVER and OVER the crease!! Lol I just want to yell at them "ALRIGHT! It's folded already!" But since my job envolves lots of paper, I have to hold those thoughts in. However if my husband or other family member try doing it I FLIP out on them! Lol Also I don't tell people because like someone else said, the first thing people do is fold a paper and say:"so does this bother you? Hahaha" let me just say, it is Extremely hard not to slap these people. Haha!

Nov 20, 2013
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UGH!!! PAPER!!!!
by: Anonymous

Omg I HATE THE FEELING OF PAPER AND SO DOES MY DAUGHTER I CAN NIT WRITE DIRECTLY ON PAPER THIS BAFFLED MY TEACHERS IN SCHOOL INSTEAD OF LETTING ME WRITE WITH SOMETHING UNDER MY HAND, LIKE SOMETHING GLOSSY, THEY WOULD TELL ME BASICALLY GET OVER IT!! IT WAS VERY HARD AND MADE MY SCHOOL WORK SUFFER I UNDERSTAND THIS WITH MY DAUGHTER SO I GOT HER THINGS SHE CAN WRITE ON ABD SHE BREEZED THROUGH SCHOOL AFTER THAT...I KNOW IT SEEMS WEIRD BUT ITS A FEELING EQUAL TO SOMEONE SCRATCHING A CHALK BOARD WITH FREDDY CROUGAR METAL NAILS!!!! AND PENCIL ON PAPER ALSO MADE US CRINGE SO WE'D HAVE TO USE PEN...IF U HAVE A CHILD THAT LITERALLY HATES WRITING ON PAPER PLEASE UNDERSTAND THEY ARE NOT FAKING IT ASK THEM WHAT SENSATION WOULD THEY LIKE TO FEEL AND LET THEM USE THAT...BECAUSE ITS TRULY A HORRIBLE FEELING!!! I ABSOLUTELY HATE PAPER!! AND ITS REAL..I USED GLOSSY TRANSPARENT THINGS OR THE GLOSS PART OF MY BOOKS.. .

Nov 14, 2013
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I've suffered from ignorance
by: Anonymous

You ever tell a friend to just stop it. and they redouble their efforts. It grinds in your ears and in you heart. (it messes me up in winter most of all when your hands dry out). To me it almost gets to the point of violent (aka grumpy) debate if not violence itself. It definitely create's nightmares. It's rather debilitating and I can remember feeling this way since preschool. urna

Nov 14, 2013
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me too
by: Anonymous

I deal with plans. I used to draw and was able to overcome this phobia or whatever it is to make beautiful things (shading in drawings makes alot of paperwork)... I'm not an artist tho so I try to excel in the technical field... but now I deal with engineers. All I can think about when talking to them is the sound of them feeling the paper or their 11X17 drawings the rubber band against it it's driving me a little closer to who knows where...WTF is wrong with me. I tell them to stop and they do it more cuz it's a joke from me to them ITM. it hurts.

Nov 12, 2013
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I not afraid
by: Anonymous

I am 11 and I have had this problem all my life except I'm not Afraid of paper it just somehow gives me goose-bumps my parents think I'm weird because I like my finger before touching paper but can't help it! It sucks because I live in Wyoming and it is 8000 Sum odd miles above sea level in other words its dry! Every time I read a book (if I don't stop myself) if I see the word tree I can't stop thinking of a birch tree with its papery bark. Please help solve this.

Nov 03, 2013
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Why is this not a medical condition?
by: Owen

I will be 37 in a month. Since I was a teen, I always hated the texture of dusty cardboard. It made me shudder and have goosebumps to touch. A few years ago the textures of things like cardboard, paper,even the soles of my shoes while walking on dusty surfaces started to give me feelings of having to "be careful" not to cause any friction. I can't stand it. While it's mildly comforting to know others have this condition, it's really disheartening to find out there is no medical term for it yet. Please let me know if anyone has more info. My email: playa_owen@yahoo.com

Oct 31, 2013
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Dry Surfaces
by: S

I always hated the sound of dry things touching (or if I touch them)like paper(I can still write on it, but if two sheets rub together I get goosebumps and my mouth opens itself like an involuntary yawn but without sound or releasing breath)

It gets worse as I get older (I'm only 15 as it is!)I also hate dry hands, so I constantly wash mine or roll my hand into a fist so it sweats.
My new hatred is cardboard! We're moving and EVERYTHING is packed in cardboard, and when cardboard rubs on something I cringe and my jaws stretch out. I reeeaallly hate this because it's such an awful sensation when I hear or even think about it.

Oct 24, 2013
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So excited to find this info! Here are some ideas.
by: Anonymous

Our 13 year old son has had this issue with paper since birth. It can't be linked to anxiety like his PCP thinks...he was born with it. Our current coping method is a third of a thick transparency sheet between his hand and the paper and an erasable Fusion ink pen (pencils dragging on paper is as bad as the paper to him) The pens are expensive but they work so we gladly pay the price. Other methods we have tried that some of you have asked about are: Ruler under his hand, an artist glove used for charcoal drawing that has only the pinky covered but secures at the wrist, white cotton glove with the 3 middle fingers cut out for coolness. Our son didn't like the sensation of the cloth rubbing on the paper but it may work for some of you that need ideas. Thank you for sharing this information. We know our son is not crazy, he just has sensitive hands.

Sep 14, 2013
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paper problems
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem I want to get rid of the problem to I'm in the 7th grade and get bulled for it i don't know

Sep 13, 2013
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SHORT TERM REMEDY
by: Darian kOOPMAN

hi i am 17,and have exactly the same problem....when i even think of chalk on my hands or touching paper i get goosebumps and my hands get draw..i can barely us my hands when its in that condition...but i have found a short term remedy...."PETROLEUM JELLY" I USE THIS EVERY MORNING AND WHEN I GET THAT REACTION....i also put petroleum jelly on my entire body so it lasts longer.....thankS
(if this works add me on FB^)

Sep 10, 2013
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This is Evil!
by: Anonymous

Awesome! I have wondered for so long why I was the only person this bothered. I am 24 and this has been going on for years. I cannot stand to touch paper. The thought of taking a sheet of computer paper and balling it up just makes me cringe. I hate washing my hands when I do not have immediate access to lotion. Dry hands is the worst. I hate when people rub pages of a book together. My new thing is the sound of a McDonald's drinking straw going into the lid of a cup. OMG!All of these things just make me bite my tongue and I do not even realize I am doing it.

Sep 04, 2013
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IM WITH YOU
by: Matt Ferris

I can totally relate! I thought I was nuts (after being told so...)
I am going to be 50 this April.
My entire life I could not stand touching paper and certain dry things.
I could not touch a crayon without taking the paper off first (with wet fingers)
A restaurant with a paper table cover was a nightmare and cruel.
To this day I can only use a plastic mechanical penci. If I used a wood one and the lead broke and the wood hit the paper I would freak.
When people try to separate the pages of a news paper with thier fingers I want to die.
Wooden toothpicks are cruel.
I can only eat ice cream pops with wood sticks if I put lotion on my hands and wrap it in plastic.
THE ONE GOOD THING FROM THIS IS...............
Most of my friends smoked and I could never stand the feeling of the paper so I passed on smoking YEAH!!!

Aug 31, 2013
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Same here
by: Anonymous

I have this. I'm 34 years old and avoid using pencils, Styrofoam, and anything made out of certain types of paper as much as I can. Actually, just thinking about it now is making me cringe. I can't imagine trying to desensitize myself, that seems like pointless suffering when I can simply use pens/ceramic mugs/different types of paper/etc.

The best I can describe it is like fingernails on a blackboard, only tactile instead of auditory. It also is a dry and scratchy but somehow also "sticky" feeling. Ugh.

Aug 30, 2013
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My son has same thing
by: Anonymous

I have a 16 year old that can't touch anything that feels like newspaper or he digs into his skin to draw blood to get rid of the painful sensation. He also can't stand the sound of pencils writing on paper. He thought he was the only one. I am so glad you all shared your story.

Aug 13, 2013
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just remembered
by: Anonymous

Also just remembered.. the other day I went to start a new book.. every time i have to touch the page and turn it i get the dry chalkboard feeling and chills UGHHH I hate it!!

Aug 13, 2013
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How is this not named?
by: Anonymous

Unlike a lot of you, I never was like this all my life. Besides like the obvious nails on chalk board thing. But I recently turned 21 and I feel psycho. I cant touch chalk, paper, etc and teh only way i can describe that creepy crawly feeling i get is "dry". I always have to put lotion on my hands...and now even my feet!! When i am walking barefoot on a deck i get the dry feeling immediately and it bugs me super bad. All this stuff gives me the sensation of nails on a chalkboard... How is this the only site talking about this!!! At least i'm not alone...thought i was going nuts

Aug 05, 2013
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Which is worse, the feel or the sound?
by: Anonymous

My son is 12, and for the last year or so goes ballistic over the sound of paper towels being used. At dinner time, he has to wet all of our towels or napkins, then wringe them out damp before we are "allowed" to use them! It does not seem to be the feel, but rather the sound of the dry towels being used. He himself will only use tissues- not napkins or towels. He gets extremely annoyed, shouting and covering his ears. In public he is more controlled, but cringes and covers his ears. We think he may have high functioning Aspergers, but he still has not been diagnosed. How about the rest of you; is it the feel or the sound that affects you most? Thanks!

Aug 03, 2013
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my shrink didn't understand
by: Anonymous

I see that alot of people can relate to this phobia. I've had it as long as I can remember as well but when. I turned 19 it started getting worse. usually i would just bare with the feeling like when I need to pull on a shirt over my head, do the newly washed laundry, after washing dishes, touching paper ect. I too could not stand watching other people touch their clothes or a `dry` material. My reaction would be shortage of breath. i would keep breathing out and not breathing in at all. its almost as if I`m trying to get rid of the feeling by exhaling. it got really bad to the point that I could not breathe at all sometimes because I would.not be able to inhale only exhale. Sometimes I would start whaling in fast and short way followed by a sound. anyway it got really bad one night when I had to sleep over by my cousins. i was laying in bed and reading a story that she wrote. suddenly i could not stand the paper anymore. I threw it away and begged her to get me some.lotion. when I had applied lotion to my ha ds it somehow felt worse. My hands became warm and dry and I could not even lay in the bed anymore. that breathing thing started so I went to a different bed. when the light was off my body was not able to stop forcing exhaling and it sounded really funny so when everyone started laughing I started too which resulted in hyperventilation so that I had to get some asthma medicine. i tried talking to a shrink.but she did not get it... i struggled on my own n even though i still sometimes experience it i am happy that i managed to get rid of most of it. its all in the brain.. :)

Jul 27, 2013
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Thank god.
by: Chriscori

For me it seemed to have really gotten worse ever since I started playing guitar and built up Callus's on my fingertips. And to this day I cannot touch cardboard, ANY paper, super dry clothing, and its realllllly starting to get old -_-

Apr 21, 2013
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What is the name for this problem?
by: Anonymous

Oh thank you.I thought I was the only person on earth to have this problem just like all of the rest of you.....Now how do ya fix it?

Apr 19, 2013
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Wow
by: Anonymous

I thought I was weird for not liking the way paper felt. I distinctly remember a nightmare I had as a child where a beaver chopped down trees and forced me to touch paper he made from them. I've touched enough over the years that I only get the weird feeling every now and then, but I'm glad computers exist.

Apr 11, 2013
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by: Anonymous

wow i didn't know other people had this problem too. whenever i get that feeling i'll usually tense up my legs in frustration (which looks like i'm having a mini temper tantrum)... it's earned me a few stares :P for now i just pull down a jacket sleeve or a long sleeve shirt over my pinkie and write. not much of an improvement...

Apr 04, 2013
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Ahh it feels good to know im not alone
by: Anonymous

I'm only 15 but for as long as I could remember I couldn't stand drinking straight out've the school milk cartons, using pencils, touching paper, touching cardboard, just anything that's dry and I have to use lotion cause if my hands feel dry I have to lick it because I cant stand it. I legit freak out and get chills. Even when I see other people touching dry stuff, I cant stand the thought of it. I was wondering if this had a special name for it because I see I'm not alone, so I just thought about looking it up tonight. But it feels good to know I'm not the only one.

Mar 01, 2013
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it's not scary - it's dry!
by: Anonymous

My daughter is nine and she has had this issue as long as I remember. The paper doesn't bother her as much - her main thing is after she showers or swims she just about freaks out if she can't immediately get lotion on her hands. She'll hold her hands palms together like the only feeling she can stand against them is the feel of her own skin. She definitely will not touch anything papery at those times. Usually she's ok if she's just gotten her hands briefly wet like from washing them, but if she has been in the shower and is running for lotion she'll lick her fingertips quickly to relieve the dryness temporarily. I totally understand her issue because I am the same way just to a much lesser degree. But when my hands feel dry I can't stand to touch most things, and paper products are the worst. It may be called a phobia but it's not really about fear, unless you consider fear of sensory annoyance to just be a fear. I just call it practical! Lotion is the key... whenever in a hotel I always save the mini bottles of lotion to put in my daughter's school backpack and such so she never finds herself in a dire hand-licking public situation!

Feb 26, 2013
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I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE TOO!
by: Hate paper

I seriously danced around my house after reading through this. I'm 20 and I thought this was just a quirk I had!

In senior year I was writing in class with one sleeve of a sweatshirt on and my teacher asked me why I was writing like that. I told him I can't touch paper and other people in class overheard. My friend added that I can't even stand the sound of paper rubbing either. That's when the whole class decided to all rub their papers together.

I still have nightmares about that day.

I also hate walking on unfinished wood or concrete. Ugh chills. Any rough surfaces (cardboard, wood, concrete, some forms of asphalt) is just hell.

Jan 24, 2013
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yes
by: Anonymous

i am also like that..I cant stand anything that is dry! the sound, the feeling of such things drive me crazy!

Jan 06, 2013
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so uncomfortable
by: YES!

I CANNOT WAIT TO TELL EVERYONE THAT ITS NOT JUST ME! I cant even brush the pieces of eraser off paper I have to blow it. if I just think about being locked in a room made of construction paper I get chills.I can barely count the money on my register at work! I have to carry lotion on me all the time I always thought it was related to my eczema!

Dec 29, 2012
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my son
by: jackie

we have a son off 11 years of age and has this feeling he cant touch paper and it really affects him when he goes to school to do his work, he really gets upset because he tries really hard to do his work but the paper stops his concentration because of feelings from it, is there any help he can get as he has only started senors september, thank you for your help!!!!!

Dec 29, 2012
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OMG
by: Anonymous

OMG! I have had this problem my whole life. I cant put any paper on my legs if i'm wearing shorts. I cannot touch cardboard. I hate the way it sounds if someone scratches paper or cardboard or even if cardboard scratches itself. It sucks so bad because I need a job but I cannot find one that doesn't involve contact with cardboard.

Nov 27, 2012
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I have to put things under my arm while I write like folders and books and whenever my hands get wet I flip out to I have to have hand cream a lot

Nov 24, 2012
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Papryphobia.
by: Person

I was doing research, and we all have papryphobia! The fear of paper. I know some of us don't like cardborad either, or wood. That fits into Papryphobia. I hate the sounds of anything dry scraping against the ground too, fingernails can't touch any type of surface. I am not sure of what I said fits in with it though, just the paper, cardborad and wood.

Oct 09, 2012
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i hate dry hands to
by: Lewis

omg i have the same problem im 21 years old n its my hands and feet n i to hate the feeling against paper carboard etc n i cnt explain wat it is but it makes me very uncomfortable and aggitated

Oct 08, 2012
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People don't understand.
by: Anonymous

My friends at school all think it's a joke and they'll start trying to rub paper on me just to see me spas. I honestly can't stand the feeling of paper, cardboard, wood, potatoes, and some other things of that nature. Especially after my hands have been wet, that's when it's the worst. My mom and brother think I'm just being spoiled or a baby but it's nice to know other people out there have the same problem. This really bothers me and I don't get why people take it as a joke.

Sep 13, 2012
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Daughter's paper allergy
by: Anonymous

My 6 year old daughter has been telling me for the last 3 years that she is allergic to paper, I am ashamed to say that I never believed her, her is pulling her hand over her hand when she write. She use to cry when she have to write. I gave her roll on vaseline intensive care and told her it is magic roll to seal her hand of. It seem to be working for 8 hours at a time. Just enough to get her through the school day. I would be a lot more patient with her after reading this.

Aug 27, 2012
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Energy sensitivities
by: The Spiritual Experience

I am 37 and have had similar sensitivities to paper which started about 5 years ago. A spiritual explanation for my issue is that I have become increasingly sensitive to the energies in objects, people, etc. After I became certified as a Reiki Master (energy healer) the sensitivities have gone away for the most part. I notice that if I have not done a reiki healing on anyone in awhile my hands become increasingly sensitive. Only once that I start healing others, the sensitivity goes away. (My explanation is that many of you carry a buildup of energy in your hands and need to find a way to channel it out.) Why am I saying this? No, I am not recommending everyone here to go become a certified Reiki Healer, but what I am saying, from my experience in metaphysics, is that many of you and your children are especially sensitive to energy. To the parent that has the child who can't stand the sound of the book page being turned, I can tell he has an extreme energy sensitivity and many psychic gifts. Now please, dont you all bombard me with negative comments, you would be no better than the people that rub paper on you. Please consider researching the net on "energy sensitivities", "energy work", "intuitive abilities" etc. And please, stop sending your child to the psychologist. There is nothing more scarring than that. Be well!

Aug 14, 2012
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I AM NOT ALONE!
by: Anonymous

OMG! I have been made fun of for the entire 24 years of my life for this... I cannot believe there are others out there! I dont even tell people about it anymore because they will intentionally rub paper or rub paper on me. I am so glad Im not crazy!

Jul 30, 2012
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Lotion
by: Joseph

I've been dealing with this for many many years. Lotion is pretty much the fix to it. When you get your hands wet or wash them, dry them with a towel and put lotion on after. Wait a couple minutes and you're ok to touch whatever again. If your hands still feel uncomfortable, put a little more on in case you didn't put enough on. Different lotions, different amounts. Avoid greasy oily lotions. I prefer Fragrance Free Vaseline for men myself or standard Vaseline lotion. There are usually store brand equivalents that work well.

Jun 22, 2012
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paper rubbing problem
by: Anonymous

My son is 11 and has had this 'paper rubbing' problem most of his life. We have sent him to see a phycologist over a period of 3-4 months, but this did nothing to help. I am currently looking into hypnotherapy, has anyone attempted this to try to de-sensitise themselves? It doesn't seem like it is something that he will grow out of.

May 23, 2012
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paper!!
by: Anonymous

OMG i am not alone!! i hate the feeling of paper and cardboard, flat paint on walls, suede, chalk and writing with pencil on paper unless as someone else said its a mechanical pencil, also if a ballpoint pen has dried up and you go to write on the paper and ink doesnt come out and it kind of scratches it makes my skin crawl. Im getting goosebumps thinking about all these things.

Also i hate getting dirty feet, i cant walk barefoot because the dirt makes them feel dry and i cant stand it. If ive been at the beach i cant put shoes on after walking in the sand without washing them.

Funnily paper towel, toilet paper and tissues do not bother me. I moisturize my hands and feet all the time and find nail polish on my nails helps for some reason, if i dont have nail polish on it is ten times worse(i just use clear lacquer).

I do have ocd so maybe it is related to that, but im very sensitive to noises as well

May 21, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I need help, i am 11 years old and, can't stand paper (any type), wood, and any thing that rubs together, my brother rubs his hands together on purpose just to annoy me! I dont know what's wrong with me and can't get the picture of, a thumb nail scratching a piece of paper out of my head, it annoys me so much. I have been searching the internet for months just to find out what's wrong with me, please help!!!

May 10, 2012
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same here
by: Anonymous

I've been the same way since I was a kid. I used to have to use a dish towel during dinner and TP is still an issue. Lotion helps.

Dec 03, 2011
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what does it feel like
by: Anonymous

Can I ask, how would you describe the way if feels like when you touch paper? What about the feeling do you not like?

Aug 20, 2011
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dry
by: Anonymous

I quite often feel an intense need to wet - usually by licking - the tips of my fingers and sometimes my palms because they feel so unbearably dry, must to the bemusement of others. When I feel like this I cannot bear the touch of paper or even the sound of it being screwed up. I've had this problem since an early age, I'm now 32.

Apr 26, 2011
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Could a glove be the answer for now?
by: Chris

My son hates the feeling of paper while he is writing and the feel of writing with a pencil. I believe a simple glove to wear would help him but I can't find one that has the pinky finger covered and goes down the wrist a ways. Desensitizaion would be ideal but our insurance won't cover it. For now I just want to give him the tools to be able to function at his best in school. He is 12 and in middle school. It is really holding him back. He rushes through his work to just not have to feel the paper. Perhaps I should develop my own. Any suggestions?

Mar 11, 2011
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pencils :(
by: Anonymous

I can't stand to write with pencils they send a chill all through my body...especially chalk on a chalkboard

Mar 10, 2011
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got a match?
by: Anonymous

I'm so irritated by the feeling of paper...I didn't realize how much until I recently took a job that is swarming with paperwork (not computerized as of yet) I'm getting a Nook or a Kindle so I don't have to turn pages.

Jan 04, 2011
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by: Amanda

I'm so bad off with this problem, It has got to the point that I can't touch dry wall paint, paper,toilet paper,terracotta pots,chalk,card board..and many other dry things. I have chills all over my body right now just writing this and thinking about it, I have no idea how to over come this, and it's getting to where the lotion isn't cutting it anymore. I'm 21 and have been suffering this for almost 10years. If anyone can help, please let me know!
Thanks! (Thinking about something soft!) hehe

Oct 07, 2010
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CRINGE
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue, and it's becoming worse and worse. Except mine is more of just touching paper, paper plates, paper cups, or grabbing dry glass out of the dishwasher..... even thinking about it gives me shivers really bad. AHHHHH!!!! and THE WORST is running a marker across a piece of paper, like a highlighter. I feel like a weirdo...but it makes me cringe. and it came out of no where after working in an office for 5 years.

Sep 07, 2010
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need your comments
by: Anonymous

My boy is 6 years old and since last year he developed something strange. He tends to avoid turning the pages normally but need to do it slowly to avoid it making noise.

Then for example when he reads he avoids following the words with a pen or finger because the noise disturbs him. The noise is so low but he told me he can perceive it and this instantly freezes his stomach and he said he has like a sudden nausea.

Anyone have similar problem?
What is it called?

Aug 09, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I don't have the problem with the soles of my hands because they are usually moist enough, but my arms and legs cannot touch dry (not laminated) paper or cardboard. In addition I can't stand the sound of cardboard rubbing against itself.

I've just learned to deal with it. And I try not to mention it to people. They think it's funny and just try to rub me with paper. I can't stand it. They don't understand how awful it is for me.

Sep 11, 2009
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Xerophobia
by: Anonymous

The name for this is called "xerophobia." If you google it, there's a lot of info about it.

Mar 19, 2009
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Lotion
by: Anonymous

I am now in my late 20's but have had the same problem my entire life. Going through school, I used to wear long sleeves and pull my shirt over my hand so I could write. Eventually I started using lotion (actually, more like a cream) and now I have to put that on my hands before touching any paper. It works okay, but I have become so reliant on the lotion now that it hinders in many other ways.

I don't know if I would recommend trying it or not simply because it is such a crutch in my day to day life. I probably put in on 10-20 times an hour when I am using paper products. But, it really helps me with the feeling of the paper though.

Mar 15, 2009
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paper.. eww!
by: Anonymous

Same here with the paper, I'm 11 and i cannot write a bit!!! so does toilet paper, it feels weird too so does Swede. And things rubbing together. This really helps.

Jan 11, 2009
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by: Anonymous

I am 12 and I have the same thing. Its terrible. I DO NOT like the feeling of paper toilet paper paper towels chalk etc...

Sep 01, 2008
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Try different materials?
by: Anonymous

I'm not a professional but i was that way too... there is a huge difference between normal pencils and mechanical pencils and the way they feel against paper... I always had to have a mechanical pencil to write and still do...

Aug 19, 2016
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Good but kinda heoss
by: Anonymous

Hi guys I'm 11 and I have the same problem. I used to think I am the only one.my parents just dont seem to get it and blame it on me for the cringe and idiotic feeling.what I do is just lick a bit of my hand


Apr 27, 2016
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by: Anonymous

What is this phobia called? i think trying to use soft paper made wit fabric helps me however it is rather expensive

Apr 13, 2015
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I also have this
by: Anonymous

I can touch cloth or paper just fine, but rubbing it causes the same effect as someone scraping their fingernails on a chalkboard. My sensitivity to it also varies, as sometimes it really doesn't bother me and other times it is very annoying. It also seems that the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet are the most susceptible to the sensation.

Nov 05, 2014
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Abit different...
by: Anonymous

I have an opposite feeling towards paper and dry materials and i cant seem to find anything on google to help me see why, I love paper....whenever i hold it i have to constantly feel and turn the pages and even lick it , it effects me every day... if i walk past a book shop i just want to sit in there all day licking every single page. And also if i accidently lost the page i would have to start all over again..i go through massive catalogues and buy books just to feel not to read, once i turn every single page and have licked every single page i feel satisfied but if i see the book on the side will sometimes have to pick it up and do it over again anyway... :S had it for many years now and never understood it..

Oct 31, 2014
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I can't believe I'm 18 and I'm just now googling this.
by: Anonymous

I've struggled with this as far back as I can't remember. Really the primary problem being paper, anything; the feeling the sound someone's fingers make when turning a page in a book. It has ALWAYS made me cringe. This goes along with, cardboard (unless wax-y like a shoebox) to hotel sheets that horrible feeing. I'm honestly baffled I'm not the only one. It's really interesting actually. Ughhh so bad it's been so hard writing in school. Always holding the paper with a sleeve covering my hand of those finger sticky things. My mom once cut a glove for me with the finger tips cut off so I could hold the pencil but leaving the under part to cover my exposed hand.

Nov 09, 2013
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HATE IT !!
by: Anonymous

I'm 17 and ever since middle school I would hate touch paper and other dry surfaces I still have it and it gives me goosebumps whenever I touch it . And I hate it !

May 22, 2012
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I HATE PAPER TOO!!
by: Laura

I'm fourteen and my entire life I hate to touch paper!
Everytime I hear someone rubbing paper I yell at them not to do that near me, It's very frustrating in an exam when I can't ask them not to. The sound and feeling is like someone scraping their nails on a chalkboard! I allways use a transparant folder thingy to put under my hand when I write. And then even worse, when I tell someone in class why I can't deal with paper, then they 'jokingly' start rubbing paper in front of me and I almost start screaming. Everyday I have to touch paper, eight hours and more a day. Sometimes I put off homework because I just can't handle it any more than an entire schoolday of touching it.

Jun 04, 2012
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Me too!
by: Anonymous

I can't believe that I'm not the only one who experiences this, for the past 16 years, I've been writing with a plastic ruler under my hand and I've never got used to the feeling of paper. I do not think I will overcome it as I think it's a sensory thing, I don't have a phobia of paper, I just don't like the feel.

Dec 22, 2015
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I use to struggle at school so much It makes me shiver and everyone rubbs it all the time half of the time I think they're doing it on purpose I have to bite my lip to help a tiny bit and everyone thinks I'm strange

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