3. Physical Symptoms

Though germaphobia is a psychological condition, it can have physical effects. Many of the physical symptoms of germaphobia resemble those of anxiety disorders, resulting in ruminating on germs even when in a clean environment. They include

  • Shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tense muscles
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating

While experiencing these symptoms, an individual may be restless or nervous and have difficulty relaxing, which can affect sleep.

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