The idea of leprosy is disturbing to anyone but fear of this kind of disease is not common nowadays because current medical treatments available can treat these skin diseases. Fear of leprosy is called Leprophobia. Fear of this disease is linked to the fear of the disease being contagious, knowing that it can be debilitating, leaving them feeling apprehensive when coming in contact with the disease.
If one experienced past sufferings from this disease, it is possible their modeled reaction might lead to obsession about the disease potential. It can lead to a lifelong phobic reaction to skin disease if no action is taken.
Individuals with this type of fear will try to avoid contact with others whom they feel may have a skin disease, which often results in social anxiety. Symptoms of Leprophobia include shortness of breath, tremors, panic attacks, weeping, elevated heart rate, loss of control, dizziness, fainting, and urge to flee.
Overcoming this fear will require the need to consult a therapist because they are qualified to educate and help understand what fear is and what can be done to prevent it. Understanding the triggers of fear and how to manage it can eliminate anxiety associated with your phobia.