My phobia is exactly the same as yours. I saw the exact same picture and it terrified me all day.Thank god I am not alone. I really thought I was loosing my mind, because in the last few months this fear of patterns and clusters is being horrible to deal with. It all started with the same email some of you have referenced about the woman with the bot fly larvae in her breast. I am tormented by that image and now anything even similiar! I became so upset by the image that I had to go to the doctor for medicine. It didnt help. I dream of clusters of things growing on human skin. This even occurred when I was younger and I dreamed of someone (I dont know who) covered in a black rubbery type algae that grew in clusters, but could be picked off with a sharp object. I have never forgotten that dream. But the gaping holes that something like a larvae makes or a barnacle makes my skin itch that sometimes I scratch until I bleed. It constantly feels like a hair touching me, but there never is. I becoming almost a germophobe, because I am now beginning to become fearful of microscopic clusters that I cant even see. This is becoming so bad that I am showering up to 5 times a day to wash the clusters off!!! Someone help and tell me what is wrong with me. I am so sick at my stomach I could die, yet I am tearing my own skin off from the itch!!! Help!!!!!!
My phobia started when I was around 12 (I'm 26 now) when I was at a beach in Costa Rica and cut my feet with a coral. Since then phobia to corals, bernacles underneath boats and larvae holes FREAK ME OUT!