How to Remove Fear of Injection
Needle fear is called trypanophobia, and affects most kids, 20 to 50% of adolescents, and 20 to 30% of young adults. More females have a phobia of needles than males.
Many people are truly scared of needles and injections. This may lead to tense medical visits and treatments, or even avoiding them. Fortunately, there are ways to manage and overcome this fear.
LOOK THE OTHER WAY
This simple strategy may be enough to manage your fear of a needle and injection.
TRY TO RELAX
Deep breathing can be very helpful. Or remember the movie you watched last night-hopefully it was not a horror movie.
NUMB THE INJECTION SITE
Give yourself the comfort that the needle will not hurt because your skin is numb.
CONFRONT THE INJECTION NEEDLE
This is a very poignant exercise to shed needle fear. Nothing can take the needle fear away like you holding an injection needle and inserting it into your skin, at your own pace. Numb the skin. And then experience the comfort of a needle insertion firsthand. Once you do this a few times, you will take a giant step to free yourself from the fear of needles, injections, and medical visits and treatments in general.
An FDA-approved device called Noodle numbs the injection site in seconds, safely, comfortably, and without chemicals. In a clinical study, more than 80% of the participants reported significant needle pain reduction (better than 80% over placebo) after conditioning with Noodle. Read more about it here.