Medicine is advancing faster and faster. For this reason, we are increasingly aware of diseases that we previously did not know about . Due to this medical evolution we can treat and protect ourselves from these ailments, so that we can avoid many of the diseases that were really dangerous for humans in the past and that are not so dangerous anymore.

However, there are still many diseases that we still have to know. So it is normal for some people to worry about the well-being of their health. This concern should not be irrational, since it is good to have a healthy life, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, along with practicing sports on a regular basis and avoiding consuming excess alcohol or tobacco in its entirety. But this should not become obsessed with us either. We must take care of mind and body, but without this preventing us from leading a normal life and enjoying every moment.

The same is true of protection from disease. Many times we suffer from colds or other viral ailments that we cannot always avoid. Living in a community means that we can get these diseases, but medicine helps us to cope with the advice of doctors and specific treatments with specific drugs for each ailment.

A phobia is an irrational fear that has a specific cause in our lives, especially during childhood, and that cannot be controlled. People who suffer from a phobia may notice that they cannot carry out their day to day normally, so they should consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist about their situation, in order to overcome this fear and return to leading a normal life.

What is dermatopathophobia?

One of the phobias that currently exist is dermatopathophobia . This disorder consists of having an irrational fear of suffering any disease or skin injury, or that the people they love may suffer them. In addition, a person suffering from dermatopathophobia will be very scared if he meets another who has a disease or skin injury, especially for fear of catching it.

The causes that originate this disorder can be very diverse, either due to having suffered a serious skin disease in the past and having gone through a bad experience, such as an allergy, virus or specific illness, or because of the fear of getting sick. after having seen or met someone with a serious dermatological disease, which may have increased this fear in the person with the phobia.

How dermatopathophobia can limit your life

This phobia can become very destructive for the person who suffers from it . Living in constant fear of skin conditions can ultimately cut off your relationships. That is, the fear will increase as the months and years go by and the person suffering from dermatophobia will not want to go out on the street, or interact with others for fear that they may infect them with a skin disease.

In addition, the fact that you are constantly concerned about the health of your skin can cause that, before any scratch or normal and common redness, you can become excessively concerned. This can make you very anxious and your visits to the dermatologist may be excessive, which can make the specialist doctor suspect that you have this phobia.

Thus, the person who suffers from dermatopathophobia may be constantly suffering for fear of having a skin disease, checking the condition of it throughout the body in a compulsive way and experiencing great anxiety before any change. You may also limit your personal relationships and interaction with others for fear of catching a skin disease, stopping going to the gym or changing your habits at work, which will not allow you to lead a normal life.

Therefore, if you are aware that you may have this disorder, it is best to contact a mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist , who will be able to determine if you really have dermatopathophobia and what will be the best treatment. for disorder, making it possible for him to learn to overcome this fear and to lead a life without fewer limits, nor anxiety and much happier, as he deserves. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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