Fear of vomit

Since I was young, I feel unnecessarily disgusted and afraid when someone's ill. When I see people or animals puking, I always become anxious, and I never help them, cause I'm too worried about staying far away from that awful, acid, bad smelling liquid.
For me, it's an abnormal action of the body. Of course, people say this happens when something that is toxic to your organism is in your stomach and needs to be eliminated, but I can't cope with this fact!!!
Even when it happens to me, I'll use every available medicine to avoid being sick. Sometimes I feel full because I have gastritis, and even this makes me unsettled.
Is it normal to be afraid of vomiting or see other people puking in from of you? Please, tell me I'm not alone...

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  • Yes, it's normal. There's even a name for it, emetophobia.

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  • I think I have this mildly. It's not an all-consuming fear or anything, but I do have a pretty strong aversion to being around anyone acting like they might be sick. I just really really don't wanna see it.

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  • This is one of the most crippling fears, I know this because vomiting is beyond the worst fear to me since I was 10 yrs old and I'm 34...I even went to therapy. My fear of vomiting stops me from enjoying a lot of things in life. Also it causes me severe anxiety , panic, and seclusion from anyone with an illness....plus more. I wonder if your fear has anything to do with not vomiting in a very long time. I havent done it since I was 9 yrs old and I'm a mom of 2. I often wonder it's that I'm fearing what I dont know since we always fear the things we havent done or had a bad expierence with.

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    • My fear is about the awful sensation. The horrible taste that stays in your mouth, the acid burning your throat, stomachache, etc...And seeing others vomiting is unnerving, unnatural.
      I had this experience last year, and it's utterly terrible!
      Nowadays, I've been losing weight because of this phobia. I can't eat too much without panicking...

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      • I totally understand....I have it so bad they put me on Xanax to stop the panic attacks I would have if vomiting (hate that word).Lol

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  • Afraid? Maybe not. Contagious? Heck yeah, might want two mops.

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