Top 10 Strange Addictions

#5. Pulling hair

Pulling hair

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Trichotillomania, or the compulsive pulling of hair (scalp hair as well as body hair) leads to rashes and awkward looking hairless patches on the scalp, arms or legs. Trichophagia is an extension of this disease where a person eats the hair they pull out, often leading to choking on a hair ball (trichobezoar) or Rapunzel syndrome, where the tail of the ingested hair can extend down to the intestines.

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