Blushing is a natural phenomenon for a lot of people, wherein blood rushes to the face and manifests as redness because of a sympathetic response. But there are some people with actual and real fear or phobia of blushing and this is called erythrophobia, or otherwise known as erytophobia or ereuthophobia. Individuals who suffer from this phobia are not afraid of the actual blushing, but are afraid of the thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with it. Feelings of embarrassment associated with blushing and the inability to control when blushing are the basis of erythrophobia. They usually have poor self-esteem and poor self-control that they blush easily because they are easily embarrassed. They are also scared that they can’t hide their feelings especially of persons in the opposite sex because they usually blush when they are around people that they like or have a crush on.
This fear could also mean the fear of the color red, or fear of red lights.
Symptoms associated with this phobia are nausea, dry mouth, increased sweating, dizziness and difficulty breathing.
Treatment for erythrophobia may include medications available to help manage this phobia. Sometimes, surgery is done to cut off the sympathetic nerves responsible for controlling blushing. Even with surgery however, a person can still suffer from this phobia. That’s why it is important to seek therapy. Most common therapy is behavioural therapy. A therapist would also try to look for the origin of this fear to manage this fear during the course of therapy.