Trypophobia: Why are people afraid of holes?

Are you frightened of holes? Do you have itchiness or headaches after watching empty holes on your skin? Then you have a trypophobia, find out how to treat it!


Trypophobia is a panic fear of open holes, holes, skin abscesses, etc. For the first time, the disease was discovered by medical experts at Oxford University in the early 2000s.

Causes and symptoms of trypophobia

A person who suffers from trypophobia experiences uncontrollable intense fear towards any object, action or living organism. In the occurrence of the disease, there is a general decline in performance, loss of coordination, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, nervousness.

Causes and symptoms of trypophobia

Objects of fear at trypophobia are:

  • holes in living organisms, including the animal and human tissues, skin acne, acne, pockmarks, open pores, skin destruction holes in muscle, various glands and orifice, etc .;
  • holes in foods, including veins in raw meat, cheese circles, honeycombs, holes in fruits and vegetables, bread holes, etc .;
  • holes in plants (bean pods, corn, seeds, etc.);
  •  naturally occurring geological holes (water in rocks, organic, natural resources, etc.);
  • holes made by living organisms (worms, larvae, caterpillars, etc.).

Trypophobia is expressed on the skin in the form of allergic reactions, redness or paleness, excessive sweating. With this phobia heartbeat quickens. There is a trembling in the limbs, and sometimes breathing difficulties. Trypophobia may appear as bright spots on an emotional surge on the skin.

Trypophobia is expressed

Most phobias occur for unexplained and spontaneous reasons, but some have hereditary, psychological, cultural and age-related explanations. Cultural factors of the emergence of trypophobia are views, opinions, and events that occur in certain cultural groups and nationals, ethnics. In some cases, this phobia can manifest itself in a particular social situation.p

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Also, trypophobia may arise from family relationships, genetic predisposition and external events in family life. Trypophobia may occur on age-related changes, life experiences and situations experienced. Often, this phobia manifests itself as an uncontrolled surge of fear, obsession, general nervousness and gag reflex.

Treatment of trypophobia

Treatment of trypophobia

Trypophobia main method of treatment is desensitization. It means the restoration of normal physical and mental state of harmony and balance.

Psychological methods of correction and replacement eliminate the obsession of fear of holes. Doctors show a patient a pacified picture that normalizes the condition, and the doctors show images with holes. The show is performed in a rotation and designed to change the thinking, eliminating disgust and restore peace of mind.

 If necessary, during the treatment of trypophobia, doctors may prescribe sedatives.

Treatment of trypophobia

Medical Specialists in the treatment usually hold consultations and special sessions of individual and group type. They also assign to the patient a few ways to eliminate psychological symptoms of trypophobia. The patient should perform daily breathing, relaxing and soothing exercises.

If trypophobia has a severe form, in which the patient is observed with spasms, convulsions, severe headaches, loss of consciousness and paralysis, they should be placed in a hospital intensive care with the use of anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatory and sedative drugs.

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