Have you felt your skin crawl when you see aerated chocolate or a sponge? What about boiling milk? Barnacles? Soap bubbles? If any of those things have made you queasy, sweaty, or otherwise perturbed, then you may have trypophobia. Anything with small holes, particularly in clusters, can trigger trypophobia symptoms.
Is trypophobia real? The facts about trypophobia are up for debate; the condition didn't make its way into the modern lexicon until the first decade of the 2000s and it is still not medically recognized as a phobia at the time of publication. That doesn't change how real trypophobia is for many people, though, and its recent portrayal in American Horror Story: Cult gave a graphic look into the causes of trypophobia.
Though some professionals see trypophobia as a fake fear stoked by image-sharing on the internet, the trypophobia community is slowing gaining ground in the medical community. A few recent studies indicate that the phobia isn't so much of a traditional fear-based phobia, but rather a reaction of disgust rooted in evolution.
Your Reaction May Not Actually Be Fear - It's Disgust
Trypophobia Is Relatively Unstudied But Tons Of People Suffer From it
Evolution May Be Responsible For Trypophobia
Trypophobia Could Be Related To Poisonous Animals
Can We Blame Math?
"American Horror Story: Cult" Brought Trypophobia Into The Limelight