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People with germaphobia or germophobia have a pathological fear of germs. Psychologists may also use the term mysophobia, a fear of germs and contamination. The latter term covers more than just germs, encompassing anything the individual believes is unclean. Those with germaphobia often go to extreme lengths to avoid contamination, which can take a significant toll on their health.

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1. Psychological Symptoms

Germaphobia has symptoms similar to those of other phobias. These symptoms usually manifest whenever a person fears exposure to germs, though they can also appear when one is simply thinking about germs. It is common for people with the condition to experience anxiety, fear, and nervousness. They may also have obsessive thoughts about contracting illnesses. Many individuals describe feeling powerless to combat their fears, despite recognizing them as extreme or irrational.

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