Needle Phobia Facts
The Fear of Needles Has Many Names - But It Is Very Real
Trypa-what? Trypanophobia? If you've ever tried to search for "needle phobia" or "fear of shots," you've probably come across some very odd and confusing terms. But this condition is very real, and a whopping 20 percent of people have a fear of needles. There are a lot of risks associated with the fear of needles. It can prevent people from going to the doctor, getting routine blood tests, or following prescribed treatments. Modern medicine is making increased use of blood tests and injectable medications, and forgoing medical treatment because of a fear of needles puts people at a greater risk for illness and even death. For example, diabetics who skip glucose monitoring and insulin injections can put themselves in serious danger of complications.
Here are the six medical terms that are related to fearing needles:
- 1. Aichmophobia: an intense or morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects
- 2. Algophobia: an intense or morbid fear of pain
- 3. Belonephobia: an abnormal fear of sharp pointed objects, especially needles
- 4. Enetophobia: a fear of pins
- 5. Trypanophobia: a fear of injections
- 6. Vaccinophobia: a fear of vaccines and vaccinations
Other Important Facts About Fearing Needles
- Approximately 20 percent of the general population has some degree of fear associated with needles and injections.
- Traumatic experiences in childhood form the foundation of these fears—like seeing an older sibling cry when getting their shots.
- As much as 10 percent of people suffer from a phobia called trypanophobia, which is a fear of needles and injections.
- Of those who have a fear of needles, at least 20 percent avoid medical treatment as a result.
- The fear of needles is both a learned and an inherited condition. A fairly small number inherit a fear of needles, but most people acquire needle phobia around age four to six.
- The 2013 flu season is upon us, and the CDC recommends flu shots for EVERYONE over the age of six months, especially if you’re in a high-risk group.