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Emetophobia (from Greek emein, meaning vomit) is the fear of vomiting, watching others vomit, or of becoming nauseated. It is a common phobia as it is common for people to an act of vomiting is unpleasant. It is equally commonly suffered by all age groups, with many adult sufferers claim that they haven't been vomiting since childhood. Emetophobia is caused by the thing that fear, including a long bout of stomach flu, accidentally vomiting in public, witness someone else vomit, or hearing vomiting-esque sound, whether if there is vomit or not.

Sufferers of emetophobia commonly suffer cibophobia, fear of food, as well, since foods can sometimes cause people to vomit. So sufferers would limit the amount of food he/she eats and make sure that they eat the one's that are fresh or well-cooked. At night, some sufferers put towel on the pillow and bowl on the nightstand in case if they throw up. Emetophobes are reluctant to go out (let alone travel) or be with other people, as they're afraid that people could vomit in front of them.

Diagnosing and treating emetophobia is often complicated because a lot of people suffering this phobia is not the only one they have. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help confront the fears and replace negative thoughts regarding vomiting. Hypnosis and relaxation techniques can help reduce the feelings and symptoms of anxiety. Medications may be necessary in some cases.

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