WHAT IS ABLUTOPHOBIA?
Ablutophobia (ablutio, in Latin lavender and fòbos, in Greek phobia) is a phobia, defined as fear of washing, getting wet or coming into contact with hygiene liquids.
Considered a symptom related to adolescence, it seems to be much more frequent in women and children than in men and especially in subjects with fragile personalities.
As with most phobias, it often involves a traumatic event experienced in the first person or witnessed. Ablutophobia can also develop as a result of other people's fears: if a parent or close relative has suffered from this phobia, the child will be more likely to experience it.
For those who suffer from this pathology in situations related to personal hygiene, it triggers a fear that leads to a "fight or flight" behavior. The body reacts to the phobic stimulus with an extreme expression of survival instinct leading the body to move away from the potential danger manifesting somatic symptoms such as: Crying, tremors, accelerated heartbeats, wheezing, confusion, increased muscle tension, constant restlessness.
Ablutophobia is considered to all intents and purposes a serious pathology, therefore it can be overcome by following a path of psychotherapy in combination or not with prescription drugs.