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Chirophobia (from Greek word chrio,"hand") is the fear of hands. It is often triggered due to traumatic experiences in the past like injury of the hands or a severe attack of arthritis. Pain and suffering in the hands may cause negative attitude towards the hands.
Most chirophobics wear mittens at all times as a protective gear, while being afraid of washing hands. The most common symptoms are the feelings of dread, overwhelming thoughts of terror and panic, fast heartbeat, and tunnel vision. They try to avoid using their hands which is impossible because we use our hands in everything that we do.
Muscle strengthening and hand exercises are ways to help overcome this phobia. Taking control is always the key in resolving phobias, so learning to use the hands more effectively may help with the symptoms. If past trauma is the cause of chirophobia, it may be necessary to deal with the panic and fear that arise when faced with some triggers. This can be done by psychotherapy or rarely with medications.