Trypophobia Skin Diseases-Fear of Holes In Skin

This post, Trypophobia Skin Diseases is for those who would love to know about Trypophobia,its causes, and various Trypophobia skin.

Most People at times misspell the word Trypophobia, some spell it as trypopphobia,tritophobia, tryphobia, or even trypofobia, the correct spelling is Trypophobia, which is gotten from two greek words, TRYP which  means holes and Phobia which means FEAR

 What is Trypophobia

Coined from the Greek words “trypa” meaning hole and “phobos” meaning fear, Trypophobia was named so by one of the participant in an online forum in 2005.
Trypophobia is a proposed name for the phobia (intense, irrational fear) of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The term is believed to have been coined by a participant in an online forum in 2005.
It can be can be defined as the pathological and irrational fear of  holes and clusters, trypophobic person suffers from anxiety when they see or hear of clustered holes.
Such a hole might be the hole in holes in meat, clusters/pores on the skin, on vegetables or fruits or even those in sponges, wood, honeycombs  and the black hole etc.It is one of the most common phobia

What is Trypophobia Skin Disease

The Trypophobia of the skin disease is an in-extensively studied phobia. It is an unnecessary fear/anxiety of holes in the skin or a skin with clusters of holes or bumps. Even though it has not yet been recognized as a mental order, it is known to be related to the brain.
It is not a skin disease nor a mental disorder as this is what many assume, but just a pathological or unnecessary fear of holes in skin diseases like those caused by bacteria that causes athletic foot.
The world Trypophobia is the pathological or unnecessary fear of holes in Skin,beehives  etc. Please let me make it clear that Trypophobia itself is not a disease, but it is the fear of holes. So If Trpophobia is not a disease, then there is no such thing as Trypophobia Skin Disease but rather there are trypophobic Skin Diseases.
That is, the skin diseases that manifest in such a way that one who is afraid of holes will be scared of seeing. An Example of such disease is that which is caused by the same bacteria that causes athletic foot, the image below is that of a man suffering from such skin disease.


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Trypophobia Skin Disease Images


Here is a compilation of some Tryphobia skin images;

The leg of girl Exibiting Fear of Skin in Holes
A disease on a Trypophobia Skin
An Image showing a man with Trypophobia disease



You should look around the listed symptoms to know if you have Trypophobia of the skin disease or to identify victims. If after seeing holes on skins and diseased tissues, a person observes the following body reactions, then he or she has the phobia;

  •  Having a panic attack and sweating
  •  Feeling nauseated or itchy
  •  Feeling uncomfortable
  •  Having visual discomfort like eyestrain, distortions or illusions
  •  Having goose bumps
  •  Thinking there might be something scary living inside the holes
  •  Fluttering of the heart
  •  Tightening of shoulders and shivering.


Trypophobia skin disease is not contagious it has to do with the way the brain is wired and as a result can’t be influenced by mere contact with someone who has it. It has nothing to do with the immune system but rather with a section of the brain which associates trypophobic images with danger and as such an exposure to such images makes the victim to experience a surge in heart beat.


Trypophobia tests can be performed by these methods;

 Exposing a victim to holey objects, presenting the skin disease images to an individual suspected to have the phobia.

 Lotus seed pod phobia test which is used to detect the presence of fears of holes in the skin is done by exposing the individuals to lotus pods.

 Trypophobia Test picture can be conducted through images created to show skin holes, such as exposure to pictures of bees’ hives and corals. The individual will feel a very directly palpable fear when exposed to such objects or images with clusters of holes.

CAUSES Of Trypophobia

According to Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins of the University of Essex’s centre for Brain science after their researches, Trypophobia as an “unconscious reflex reaction” which has an evolutionary basis alerts humans of dangerous organisms, perhaps Trypophobia of the skin disease is a reflex reaction to prevent a trypophobic person from contracting skin disease after seeing the skin.

Just like you uncontrollably drop an hot object or withdraw your hands to save yourself from burning.

TREATMENT Of Trypophobia Skin Disease

Although, no cure had been found for it, but the “exposure therapy” which has been used to treat several phobias is presumed to be a treatment for trypophobia skin disease.

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