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Trypophobia Skin Diseases-Fear of Holes In Skin

The term trypophobia is rumored to have been coined by an anonymous Irish woman in a web forum in 2005. The term took off on the internet around 2009. Since then people have been able to discuss their symptoms and ways to overcome this phobia globally. Those with unusual symptoms discover others with similar challenges, which then they are able to relate with each other without fear of ridicule. Trypophobia is gotten from two Greek words “trypos” meaning holes and “phobus” meaning fear.

Trypophobia can  occur in people regardless of age, sex, background or race and it is one of the most common phobia on earth.

Trypophobia can be defined as the intense, irrational, pathological and obsessive fear of tiny dark holes and a group or bunch of several discrete things that are close to each other in respect to action, object or living organisms. These following things can also trigger trypophobia;

  • Lotus seed pods
  • Bone marrow
  • Honeycomb
  • Veins in meat
  • Cracks in walls
  • Cavities in teeth
  • Ant hills
  • Bee hives
  • Wasps nest
  • Pumice
  • Crumpets
  • Skin pores
  • Aero bars
  • Condensation on a bottle

What is Trypophobia Skin Disease

Trypophobia is not an inflammatory skin disease, hence it cannot be contracted from people or insects but there are some skin diseases that can trigger trypophobia. These skin diseases includes but not limited to;

  • Small pox: small pox is a deadly infectious disease which has no cure caused by virus. This small pox virus attack skin cells causing characteristic zits called macules which would develop into abscesses filled with fluid and pus within two days. These abscesses will occur all over the body.
  • Acne: acne is a long term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become attached with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Pimples appear on the face, back, shoulders and neck when these follicles get blocked and swells when infected with bacteria.
  • Tungiasis: tungiasis is an inflammatory skin disease caused by infections associated with fleas. The affected areas become swollen with a black dot at the centre. Tungiasis can be found on any part of the body.
  • Leprosy: leprosy is a chronic disease caused by bacteria. It affects the eyes, respiratory tract, skin and nerves. Leprosy when left untreated can lead to secondary infections which is very disgusting and irritating.
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV): human papilloma virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection, when left untreated it can cause genital warts (small bumps or group of bumps in the genital area).
  • Epidermodysplasia verruciformis: it is an inherited skin disorder associated with the presence of warts that can occur on any part of the body due to the susceptibility to human papilloma virus.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis: it is an inflammatory infection of the fascia (a layer of loose tissue often containing fat beneath the skin), with dead cells of the subcutaneous tissues.
  • Elephantiasis: it is an immune disease affecting the lymph vessels. It is a symptom of different diseases which causes body parts to swell to massive proportions.


Phobias may look strange to some people, it is a real occurrence and people who suffer from it feel extreme anxiety and irrational fear. Trypophobia is not considered to be a valid disorder by experts but it is the second most common phobia next to xylophobia which is the fear of wooden objects.

The commonest source of fear for individuals suffering from trypophobia is biological things meaning this fear of holes and clusters do not usually come from artificial or manmade things. We can conclude that trypophobia is not a general fear of clusters but a selective fear of holes or clusters.

Experts say that for a thing to be classified as a phobia, it must interfere with a person’s habit but this is not true to people who suffer from trypophobia. People who suffer from this kind of phobia expresses whatever they feel whenever they come across clusters of holes. People might be unaware of having this disease until they read about it or visit a website, it can also be influenced by people who already have trypophobia. Trypophobia could be due to geometry taxing the brain, this phobia is always associated with general decline in performance.

Whether you believe the existence of the fear of clusters or you do not it is certainly up to you because the science community is not backing on this. If trypophobia is a real phobia or not, it is important to note that fear is fear.


There are many symptoms associated with trypophobia, some of these symptoms are;

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Loss of coordination
  • Skin crawling
  • Gag reflex
  • Increased sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Convulsions
  • Ataxia
  • Spasms
  • Goose bumps

Trypo phobia Skin Disease Images

Trypophobia is so real and you might definitely have it, you can detect if you have trypo phobia by looking at images of objects or substances such as lotus pod or condensed water on a bottle. If you begin to feel any sort of allergic reaction to these images, then you are probably suffering from trypophobia. Signs of trypo phobia are distinct and easy to identify. You can take Our Trypophobia Test Here

Here are some  skin disease pictures, most of them are graphic:

Fear of Holes skin disease

Trypophobia skin disease

Fear is only deep as the mind allows. Whether you are suffering from the fear of holes or any other phobia, psychologists would tell you it all lies in your head.

No specific preventive measures exist for this kind of phobia but some things can be done to prevent the appearance of this phobia. They are;

  • developing a sense of control
  • avoid looking at images that could trigger this phobia
  • developing mental balance and harmony
  • avoiding stress and emotional distress
  • visit the doctor often if you experience symptoms of trypophobia

If you ever found yourself having trypophobia, the good news is that you can overcome it by series of therapies (behavior, cognitive exposure), medications, neuro linguistic programming and counseling. Click Here to Read How to Cure Trypophobia

Getting free from this irrational condition is self fulfilling.


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