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Trypophobia: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Trypophobia is the fear of carefully packed holes, and people having it cannot tolerate the atmosphere around holes. One can feel anxious and irritated around the pack of holes. For instance, one can even feel worried after seeing the body of strawberry, which ultimately signifies having Trypophobia and eventually feeling anxious or discomfort. Trypophobia today is limited, and the research still hasn’t clarified whether it is an official condition among people.

What Triggers Trypophobia?

Anything around our atmosphere having tightly packed holes, whether be it on animals, objects, or even the buildings having holes, can eventually trigger Trypophobia. Some of the familiar objects and materials that trigger Typophobia are mentioned below.

  • Lotus seed pods
  • Honeycombs
  • Strawberries
  • Foams
  • Bubbles
  • Cluster of eyes

Symptoms of Trypophobia

Every person having Trypophobia may react differently depending upon how they perceive the object in front of them. Some of the common symptoms are mentioned below that one may experience after seeing the objects with tightly packed holes around it.

  • Fear
  • Goosebumps
  • Discomfort around that object
  • Illusions
  • Distress
  • Panic attack
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Risk Factors

Until today, not much risk has been established with Trypophobia. According to a study, there is somewhat a link between Trypophobia, major depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People having Trypophobia may somehow have connections with the GAD and thus face this type of phobia. Back in 2016, a study was established between the relationships of social anxiety and Tyrpophobia.


For the diagnosis of Trypophobia, doctors may ask different questions related to the symptoms to confirm if one has this phobia or not. The questions might also include your experience regarding medical, psychiatric, and social history. Trypophobia is not yet officially recognized as a phobia and is not considered diagnosable by most medical institutions(1).

Treatment for Trypophobia

Different Phobias are treated through various methods. Most phobias are treated through exposure therapy, which is considered to be the most effective for the treatment of phobias. Exposure therapy focuses on changing one’s perspective towards the situation or the object, causing fear towards the patient and eventually making it go away. Besides exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used, which helps manage anxiety and ultimately drives it off. Some of the other methods which can be used to cure Trypophobia are mentioned below.

  • General talk therapy
  • Medicines like beta-blockers which reduce anxiety and panic inside people.
  • Natural methods like deep-breathing and yoga
  • Physical activities which manage anxiety
  • Mindful strategies which control the emotions inside people.

Anyone who is facing any phobia, can try to have mindfulness things and have enough rest along with a balanced diet, avoid caffeine and similar substances which trigger anxiety and be determined to face fearful situations and encounter them with determination. These points can all influence to drive off phobias to a great extent and make it go away.


Trypophobia has yet no been an official phobia and cannot impact a person’s everyday living. Although, very few people have the symptoms for this and may only trigger very little anxiety in the body of people experiencing it. People can be in touch with doctors or psychiatrists to solve their phobias and live a healthy life ahead.