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What Is Acarophobia?

 People can suffer from all kinds of fears and phobias. Although many people are familiar with common phobias such as claustrophobia (the fear of enclosed spaces), some individuals suffer from phobias that are less common and less understood. Acarophobia is one of these lesser known phobias.

Acarophobia defined

Acarophobia is the fear of itching and of the insects, such as mites, ticks and worms, that can cause itching. Although most individuals dislike the sensation of itching and are concerned about insect bites that might result in itching, acarophobia refers to a persistent, unwarranted and abnormal fear of itching and the insects that may cause itching. An irrational fear, acarophobia is not related to any particular situation or circumstance with which an individual is faced at a given time.

Symptoms of acarophobia

People who suffer from acarophobia often experience feelings of stress or anxiety, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or racing heartbeats, sweating, dizziness, dry mouth and other sensations. All these are related to a feeling of dread when they come into contact with or fear the possibility of coming into contact with mites, ticks and other small insects that may cause them to itch. In severe cases, individuals who suffer from acarophobia may alter their lifestyles to the extent their quality of life declines in order to try to control their phobia and manage their condition. They may go to great lengths to avoid the circumstances or conditions that trigger their fear.

Acarophobia treatments

Several types of therapies are used to treat acarophobia. These therapies are sometimes used singly or in combination with other forms of treatment. Common treatments for acarophobia include counseling, cognitive therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.

Acarophobia is a condition that can significantly affect a person's quality of life. Individuals who suffer from acarophobia should not, however, suffer from embarrassment or shame as a result of their condition. Instead, they should seek professional help for this condition so they can overcome their fear of itching and of small insects.

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