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What is Trypanophobia?

Updated: Jan 5

Trypanophobia is simply the fear of being poked by a object. It is the extreme fear of having a medical procedure that involves the use of needles. Examples of this would be going too the doctors for your check up or needing anesthesia for surgery for things like wisdom teeth.

Symptoms can include

  • panic attacks

  • anxiety attacks

  • nausea

  • fainting

  • heart rate increases

There are multiple things in a persons life that can develop or worsen the fear of needles, some examples of typical behaviors are:

  • Children are afraid of needles because they are not used to the sensation of being pricked by a sharp object

  • Bad experience or trauma brought on by a needle or a sharp object can lead to fearing needles

  • People who have a sensitivity to pain that can cause high blood pressure or fainting

  • Having other phobias like germaphobia can lead to trypanophobia

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