Trypanophobia is an extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. Children are especially afraid of needles because they're unused to the sensation of their skin being pricked by something sharp. By the time most people reach adulthood, they can tolerate needles much more easily.

The symptoms of trypanophobia can greatly interfere with a person’s quality of life. These symptoms can be so intense that they can be debilitating. Symptoms are present when a person sees needles or is told they will have to undergo a procedure that involves needles. Symptoms include:

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • panic attacks
  • high blood pressure
  • racing heart rate
  • feeling emotionally or physically violent
  • avoiding or running away from medical care
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