Hangnail Rubbing (and other fun stuff) ;)

by Katie Pollard
(Wickenburg, AZ)

Me and my kids

Me and my kids

I originally came to this site and just made this comment on somebody else's texture blog, but I figured, why not make my own blog and see how many people can relate?


"OK...so I cannot seem to find anything on this issue but I know I can't be the only one! I love rubbing my hangnails on the inside seam of t-shirts or on blankets that have started to ball up and will catch the hangnail in a certain way. I will rub until the hangnail is gone and sometimes to the point of bleeding and I don't even realize it! I also like to rub my chapped lips on the same types of material hoping to catch the dry skin on a thread. Typing it out makes me sound so lame...but I've done this my whole life!! Does anyone else out there have this issue???"

This habit is a very calming sensation for me. Whenever I see a certain blanket that I like I can't resist but to break into this behavior. I also like to smell the blanket. LOL...so embarrassing to admit, but it's true. Must just be a childhood thing that I've brought with me into adulthood.

I also have a very sensitive nose/sense of smell and can smell things that most are unaware of. I've been able to 'sniff out' and find things that were burning (light bulbs, old electric cords, etc.), leaking gas, pet accidents and rotting food.

Things that freak me out and make me cringe:
Filing nails
Pushing back cuticles
Cutting my toe nails
Writing with a wooden pencil on paper
Erasing with a wooden pencil on paper
Touching Porcelain
Anything touching or entering my belly button (finger, etc.)
Watching someone else touch inside their belly button
Someone pulling on my fingers or toes in order to pop them
Watching someone else pull on their fingers or toes to pop them
God just typing it out and thinking about it is making me wig out!

If you can relate and would like to talk more about these issues feel free to email me at KatieMama101482@gmail.com :)Look forward to hearing from you :)

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Sep 21, 2016
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I can't believe there are others like me.
by: Anonymous

I can not remember how my habit started but I know I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. I'm a male, 22 years old and I love scratching my hangnails.

When I was little I had a blanket that had thin ropes that swing from both ends and I always slept with it, I will scratch it and sniff it and fall into a deep sleep. I call my habit "scratchy" I have a string that use to be inside my shorts to keep them from falling and I took it off and to this day I still use it to go to bed. Over time the string created particles around it so my hangnail could get stuck and feel the amazing pain from it. I LOVE IT!

Sometimes when I loose it I ask my siblings... Have you seen my scratchy? Lol my shirts are all used up from scratching them. My blanket is all torn up from all the edges, but the feeling is just too addicting.

Sometimes I take my string scratchy while I drive or when I'm watching tv. It helps me think clear or fall asleep when I'm tired. I'm so glad that there are people I can relate with. Thanks for submitting your responses.

Sep 05, 2016
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Wow!! :)
by: Kathleen

Thanks for all the responses!! :) It is so nice to see that I'm not the only one! I will also rub the hangnail "spot" even after the hang nail is gone...so odd haha! You guys are my peeps! Love you all...cheers to the woobie and t-shirt rubbing. I also have holes in some of my t-shirts from compulsive rubbing...its so soothing! lol...so crazy!

Aug 19, 2016
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omg there are others out there!
by: Amy

I do the same thing!I have an old pillow case that's a rough silk feeling and I rub my fingernails or even dry lips on it at bedtime. I'm 33 years old and I have a hard time sleeping without it. Sometimes I rub on other materials like scarves or clothing and it makes me sleepy when I do it. I call it "picking" and my boyfriend finds it funny how sleepy it makes me. Such a comforting feeling.

Aug 09, 2016
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Similar
by: Anonymous

I pick at my hang nails. I like peeling the skin back and exposing the new skin. That sharp pain very soothing for some reason.

Jul 08, 2016
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So I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

First I have found of anyone talking about this. Sense of smell, hangnail pain, yes to both. Wife will squeeze the hangnail for me until it bleeds sometimes. I only wish there was some type of small automated vice that could squeeze the hangnail. I've actually thought of designing one, though pretty sure the market for hangnail vices is fairly small. Ha.

Wife has the extreme belly button fear. Older sister told her when she was a child that she would bleed to death if you put anything in there.

Jul 03, 2016
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Hangnail rubbing
by: Anonymous

I do the exact same thing! I ruin my shirts from tubing so much to the point wear u have made holes. And I pick at the skin around my nails .

Jun 30, 2016
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Fun with hangnails
by: Anonymous

I love playing with my hangnails, rubbing them, hanging things on them

Jun 10, 2016
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yes
by: Anonymous

i thought i was the only person in the world like this

May 11, 2016
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!!
by: Tbuck

I was trying to explain my habit to a patient today and was left feeling like a complete weirdo. Ever since I can remember, my mom and I would share our scratchy blankets and relax. To this day I scratch while relaxing and often put myself to sleep, though nowadays I snag my three year-old's paw patrol blanket. Seems ridiculous, but humorous to know I'm not the only one :)

Dec 14, 2015
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Mee too
by: Anonymous

I do the same thing. I take it even further and rub the hangnail or the sore finger where the hangnail used to be and I rub it on anything. Hair ties, cardboard, etc. For some reason small moments of the slight pain feels good and I get obsessed with it for a couple of days and then stop. I feel really strange about it and don't like to tell people. I do ask my husband to rub it sometimes and grab it and let go. He laughs at me. I have done this since childhood also. Funny thing I have a keen sense of smell also. I ALWAYS smell things before everyone else and I have to smell everything before I eat or drink it. I also LOVE the small of New rubber tires.

Nov 13, 2015
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yes someone else does it too!
by: Richard

So glad to see others do this too. I'm nearly 40 years old and the calming effect of doing this is just the same as when I was child. I think it began because i used to have a comfort blanket that would get frayed and just felt nice I guess. It's certainly a bit of a weird habit when you think about it but its not doing anyone any harm so I'm not too concerned about stopping it. It's funny you mention a heightened sense of smell too I have pretty much the same experience with them must be a link there.

Jul 25, 2015
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Hangnails
by: Anonymous

OMG SAME!!!!
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!!!

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