Fear of mould/mold

by Hannah
(Melbourne)

I don't know what triggered it, but I have horrible fear of mould. I will never understand how people can even look at mould with having the urge to throw up. Once, I watched my Dad open a tub of mouldy yogurt and sniff it AND TOUCH IT. It is bloody horrifying. My family makes fun of me for having the phobia like showing me pictures or bringing mouldy food to me and I don't know what to do about it. When I'm in a bad situation, thoughts of mould and bacteria cells pop in my head and I shudder. Even when someone mentions the word mould I leave the room. Immediately. Or I make weird squealing noises and tell them off. I think it has something to do with my anxiety and minor OCD but I seriously cannot stand it. After I got a phobia of mould, I started getting scared of everyday things like moss and rock growths and the black stuff around pools from being damp. It makes me itchy thinking about and I have nightmares of my body being infested with mould growing all over it ARGH I HATE IT.
I've tried googling what its called and if anyone else has but I have found nothing!
Its so frustrating...
Does anyone else have this phobia?

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