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Spheksophobia- Fear of wasps

The fear of wasps is known by the Latin name, Spheksophobia. People who develop this phobia may feel upset and frightened when confronted with wasps and their nests.

pheksophobia is understandable when someone has been stung by a wasp over and over again. Even a single, painful sting from a wasp can leave some people terrified of wasps and their teeming nests. The sting of a wasp has been described as a burning, sharp pain that eventually reddens, itches, and grows inflamed and swollen. Common folk remedies for wasp stings are applications of ice or vinegar. Some people swear by baking soda, mixed with water to make a paste, and applied to the wound. Others claim that deodorant can ease the pain and swelling when it contains aluminum.

People who suffer from this phobia will become extremely agitated when they are exposed to wasps and their nests. They will flee, and often their panicked response makes them an even bigger target for angry wasps, who are far more likely to sting those who make a commotion. Other common symptoms of Spheksophobia are nausea and dizziness, as well as feelings of doom and terror.

Education about wasps and their common habitats and behaviors may be of assistance. Therapy and possible treatment with anti-depressants may ease fears and restore mental balance.