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17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

Find substitute : Seems like you've been going through a lot being only 17 your use of your thumb as a coping mechanism stems from child hood habit of using it to comfort you. You need to find a substitute or see a psychologist who uses hypnosis to leave the thumb behind because your an adult and can have a normal looking thumb again so it will look like the other one. ...Read more

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Dr. David May
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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more


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I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

You should: If everything goes well with your orthodontic treatment and you wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist, I don't see any reason why your teeth should not look great. And definitely since you stopped the bad habit of sucking your thumb, I think you are on your way. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 5 year old that has what looks like a blister on his lower part of his thumb and I've puncher it twice and the puss keeps coming back?

I have a 5 year old that has what looks like a blister on his lower part of his thumb and I've puncher it twice and the puss keeps coming back?

Paronychia: If the area your referring to is near the nail, this could be a paronychia. See this link: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/paronychia.html# The biggest concern in such cases is spreading infection, which includes red streaking up the finger, more swelling and pain and increased warmth to touch, as well as possible fever. If these signs develop, you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www.ocfoundation.org for support. Ask for help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is 29 years old I found him sucking his thumb is that normal or gay ? He was doing it when he was sleep

My boyfriend is 29 years old I found him sucking his thumb is that normal or gay ? He was doing it when he was sleep

Adult thumb sucking: It is not homosexual. If it happens while he is asleep then there is nothing he can do about it. It probably reflects some of the same needs as you find in childhood thumb-sucking -- a way to calm yourself or feel emotionally more secure. If it has not been enough to make his teeth stick out, it is probably not harmful. I would just tell him without judging that you observed this & ask if he knew. ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

Bedtime: I try to narrow the thumb sucking to nap or bedtime. I tell the child it is okay to suck the thumb in bed. By focusing on one time per day, the child feels there is still hope of not getting in trouble for the habit. Eventually, the nighttime habit will lessen too. Medicines, bandages and yelling do not seem to work well. ...Read more