did anyone else ever get paranoid about germs growing up

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22 Jun 2022, 11:07 am

i used to get paranoid about germs or people coughing near me growing up, because i was worried it would stunt my growth



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22 Jun 2022, 11:40 am

I was, but then I did biology at college, where they said most germs are harmless.
Supposedly 9/10 of the human body is made up of germs, i read a long time ago.

I realised that i've only gotten sick from food that's been left out, or airborne viruses, and washing hands is fine.



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22 Jun 2022, 3:21 pm

I didn't care about germs when I was growing up. As an adult however, I do worry a lot about germs, and I have made my hands sore by using too much hand sanitizer when I'm out in public, and I worry about eating meat out at restaurants in case it isn't cooked properly. I don't avoid eating meat out, but I do check cautiously before eating. I've heard of people getting severe food-poisoning from undercooked at restaurants and they were ill for weeks with it, like vomiting and diarrhea - both of which I fear. I'd literally rather die than vomit.


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22 Jun 2022, 5:19 pm

My non-AS parent was the one with the fear of germs. In particular, he imagined every fly rubbing its legs as cleaning off the feces it had just visited. I still have pretty good hygiene, but don't obsess. A medical doctor friend was always after his wife to relax about dirt, lest their son develop allergies later.



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22 Jun 2022, 5:31 pm

I wasn't really afraid of germs as a kid because I was more terrified of getting vaccinated with needles than I was of the illnesses they prevented. I was also much more terrified of going to the dentist than having cavities. I didn't know how lucky I was back then, my mother told me recently when *she* was a kid they didn't use any kind of anesthetic, and she once literally fainted in the chair. And this was back in the late 1950s! 8O



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22 Jun 2022, 5:49 pm

Not me.

It's one of the traits I cannot afford to have among others.


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22 Jun 2022, 11:22 pm

When I was a kid I developed a phobia of germs, but it wasn't as severe as the one my brother developed. As an adult I still vigorously wipe my hands on my clothes whenever I touch anything that doesn't belong to me + only gets touched by me (I know that does absolutely nothing, but my brain convinces me I can "feel" the bacteria on my hands and that fixes it). For me it's more of a compulsion now than an obsession.



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23 Jun 2022, 12:02 am

I was never paranoid about germs, except for at the start of Covid. That's because my daughter is severely immunocompromised. As a child ... nope. I don't remember thinking about germs at all. I was afraid of dirt but that's because I was afraid of worms.



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23 Jun 2022, 1:00 am

In my early 20s, I got paranoid about giving other people germs. Due to severe allergies, I blew my nose all the time and my stepfather made a comment that I was probably giving everyone germs. I worried about it a great deal. I began washing my hands excessively and carrying disinfectant wipes everywhere. It took me years to get over it. Nobody else I knew at the time worried about germs the way I did. Then, decades later, COVID happened and it was almost like society had taken up my line of thinking from that time, though their concern was a lot more legitimate with an actual pandemic going on.