Did you know? Nearly 50 million Americans have the fear of injection, which is also known as Trypanophobia or Vaccinophobia.
In fact, it is one of top ten American’s fears despite the fact that vaccination is done within 20 seconds.
If you are part of this injection fearing population, you are tempted several times to skip a vaccination.
However, a vaccination is the important part of the medical care including immunization and checkups/ tests. This is why you can’t afford to skip or delay vaccinations just because of the pain and fear.
While you can’t take the pain out of the vaccination, you can do several things to deal with the fear of injections.
Face Your Fear:
Knowing the whole situation can help you overcome fear of needles and injections. You can do research about injections, history and their purpose. Know why they are important to prevent the diseases and infection.
Check out the images of needles and injections will make you desensitize for the pain.
Know the Reason of Fear:
For many people, vaccination fear is the greatest trauma at that moment. Generally, they have grown up with the fear as they had lot of blood test in childhood. You must think over your childhood and talk to your parents about this. Tracing the roots of your fear will help you deal with it.
Use Numbing Cream:
Topical anesthetic makes you feel less or no pain while taking shots. You can use Dr. Numb numbing cream 40-45 minutes before your vaccination. The numbing formula of Dr. numb will dull your nerve endings so that they can’t send pain signal to the brain.
Consult Your Doctor for Anti-anxiety Medication:
In many cases, your physician can suggest anti-anxiety medication if you have acute needle phobia, especially if you faint at the sight of a needle. However, it is better if you combat the fear without medication.
Sometime the fear of pain dominates you in a way that you start to be terrorized by the every stage of vaccination. In this scenario, you have to be open minded towards the vaccination. Rather than being dominated by the fear of injection, focus how injection will protect your health. Remind yourself that the diseases without injection shot would be many times dangerous than a simple injection. If you are donating blood, think that you are helping people and the pain worth it.
Practice Applied Tension:
Practice applied tension is the proven way to deal with fear of injection. Here are the simple steps to do it:
- Sit comfortably.
- Tense the muscles in your arms, legs, and upper body and maintain that tension for nearly 20 minutes or until your face begins to feel flush.
- Relax your muscles.
- After 30 seconds, tense your muscles again.
- Perform this sequence for five times.
Bring a friend or family member with you:
Ask your friend to accompany you while having shots. A presence of familiar person will boost your confidence. You can ask them to hold your hand tightly during the procedure.
Tell Your Doctor or Nurse About Your Fear:
Express your injection fear to physician or nurse so that they can be extra careful while giving you a shot. A physician provides you consultation and the ways to be relaxed.
Don’t focus on the shot; instead distract yourself by looking at the other things. There are many ways to taking your mind off an injection:
- Start conversation with doctor or someone else present there. According to one study, physician who talk to trauma patients about something other than the trauma itself were able to significantly minimize the patient’s anxiety levels.
- Focus on something else in the room.
- Play a game on your phone, listen to some soft music or you can read a book.
Don’t take too much stress during vaccination. It will hurt you. Instead, look away and take deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose and release it out through your mouth. When the shot is about to be executed, take deep breath and count down from ten to one. The process would be done till you reach to one.
So these were the useful steps to deal with injection fear. Stay positive!