2. Behavioral Symptoms

In addition to emotional and psychological effects, germaphobia can also affect a person’s behavior. A vast majority of people with the condition begin washing their hands excessively, sometimes to the point of abrasions and dry, cracked skin. They find it difficult to spend time outside their houses, and even at home, they may clean unnecessarily or spend large amounts of time preparing for situations involving germs.

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