Erythrophobia (also known as erytophobia or ereuthophobia) is a fear of the color red and is the subclass of chromophobia. This color phobia is common because red is the symbolic color of danger, bad, or embarrassment. It is also the fear of blushing, due to embarrassment. Suffers of erythrophobia may also suffer from hemophobia since red is the color of blood.
Erythrophobes may avoid encountering red things, especially not choosing to have a red car or red clothes. They would avoid using red pen, crayon, marker, or paint. They may also avoid eating red-colored foods, like cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and ketchup. While driving, sufferers may fear the stop signs or red light.
Sufferers of erythrophobia may feel dizzy, have hard time breathing, feel nauseas, more frequent sweating, or dry mouth.
Erythrophobia can be cured using cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most common method of treatment. For severe sufferers, sympathetic nerves responsible for redding of the face may need to be surgically removed.
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