My 'texture issues' have always been a little joke with my friends

But Ive never thought about some of the weird habits/issues I have with some things until someone told me about synesthesia (which sounds interesting, but isn't my deal) which eventually led me here.


Most of my things are about touch, usually textures. When it comes to eating any type of soggy bread is a big no-no, I usually avoid sandwiches/subs and burgers because some kind of sauce or oil could have soaked into the bread. Even touching it will make me gag let alone putting it in my mouth, which then I wouldn't even be able to make myself swallow the food. Bread or croutons dipped in soup, cookies dipped in milk type things absolutely gross me out just by looking at them because ill feel/imagine the texture in my mouth. Cant do 'soft chunks' of foods: chunks in salsa or pasta sauces with tomato, onion etc chunks. Mushrooms raw or cooked, cooked onion is the worst feeling after the soggy bread...

I cannot stand wet hair, it grosses me out to touch or to feel my hair being touched by someone else while wet. Anything that feels rough/dry/cracked or bumpy I cannot help but pick at/rub over constantly. I avoid some types of... dry feeling fabrics? It feels uncomfortable to touch softer paper napkins/kleenex and after using them I have to rub my fingers together or on something else to get rid of the feeling. Sometimes I get the feeling in my mouth as if i was chewing on napkin, grinding it between my teeth... and that's just not a pleasant feeling haha. Takes forever to get rid of the sensation. Whispy, fluffy types fabrics, like cotton balls or cotton stuffing, those foam mats you put over your mattress are all veryyyy unpleasant.

Ugh... there are so many of these little things I could never type them all, but Im glad to see that some people here have mentioned similar feelings because my friends usually think Im nuts if I mention any of these little annoyances/habits! :)

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Sep 18, 2016
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Dealing with this
by: Anonymous

I am just relieved to see that I am not the only person who deals with this. I've been searching for a while but could never find a name for this issue, and thought that maybe something was just wrong with me..but seeing anybody rub hands, feet, or any other part of their body against fabric, carpets most specifically..makes me want to run through a wall. It agitates me to the point where I want to scream. Thank you all for sharing. Does anybody know the name for this issue?

Sep 14, 2016
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Help
by: Anonymous

Strange to see so many with the same problem. It feels like such a weird thing to have that I thought I was the only one. This is really starting to bother me now. I've always had a discomfort with things like dry hands or feet against carpet but recently it's just everything dry.

Lying on my couch as I write this, my head is resting against a cushion and the feeling and sound of my hair rubbing on the dry fabric is giving me. Its making me heave, actually makes me feel sick. What is this? Does anyone know why we have it? Is it a form of anxiety? How can I stop?

Sep 13, 2016
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Did not realise this was a thing
by: Anonymous

Happy to read all your comments, wondered if anyone else had experienced similar reactions from other people?

I've always been grossed out by myself or even other people scratching certain fabrics.

Scratching tights, touching felt, some weird fuzzy fabrics, feeling my arms rest on certain sofa's, certain carpets under my feet. I think synthetic materials and materials with bits you can catch your finger nails on are worse for me.

When I've told people about this, my brothers and my boyfriend, they laugh and start doing it to wind me up. Makes me feel sick, am I the only one this has happened to?

Sep 06, 2016
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Help me
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the feel of towels or anything to do with cotton or fabrics at all. All my friends at secondary laugh at me because I can't use the hand towels there I have to take a special made one. I was hoping that some people were like me and there are so I am so pleased I found this site. These things are starting to affect my grades as well as I can't even feel the test papers paper feel please help me.

Sep 04, 2016
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Do I have a texture issue??
by: Jessica

I can't stand the feeling of anything rubbing or constantly touching my skin for a couple seconds. It's not that I don't like it it's that I can't handle it. It makes me go insane to the point where I'm about to cry. I've had this all my life and I don't know why or what it is?

Aug 29, 2016
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V word and C word
by: Anonymous

amazed to find so many people with the same problem. i don't even want to type the words, but i will. velvet and corduroy. i try not to touch them at all, and if i do by accident, I have to get my hands wet.
and dry newspapers. awful. i'm getting chills right now.
i go through so much hand cream.

thanks for the comment on wet tealeaves, adam. it was a relief to read after Ctrl-Finding all the mentions of the V word in this column.

Aug 21, 2016
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Fear of velvet and wet hands and feet
by: Anonymous

I cannot stand velvet material. Thinking about it makes me want to puke. And when my hands and feet are wet, I feel sick as well.

Aug 21, 2016
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Ah, life is one big joke...
by: Hannah

Hello, I am 18 and I enjoy reading this page mainly to see others struggling with the same things. I am obviously not as extreme as a lot of you on here. Although, I have a problem with carpet on my feet, or I cannot handle the feel of paper after I was my hands. And don't get me started on how my hands feel after being in a sand box...I first discovered my issue with the textures of items when I was in third grade and nearly killed the class pet snake...ha ha.. Anyway I have heard that this is pretty closely related to Misophonia, which I also deal with. I remember one incident when I took my notebook and slapped this girl across the face for chewing her gum.

Aug 12, 2016
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First time admitting
by: Laurel

Im 52 and a therapist and the "texture" thing is getting worst. It's particularly bad if I'm tired of stressed. I can't eat! My stomach is upset from the thought of textures (I hesitate to list the items because I know the thought will affect me but . . . ) such as fish scales, tree bark, towels(just today, a new one) and anything with a bumpy, symmetrically to it. It does feel good to talk about it though, especially knowing that this group is experiencing the same thing. Still, I have this fear that others will find out and want to fix, think me incompetent, or me or make fun of me. Thanks for this form and the opportunity to start to talk about this.

Aug 11, 2016
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My Own Texture Issues
by: Anonymous

So I was cutting potatoes earlier and when I finished I rubbed my fingers together trying to wash them; It gagged me. So it made me wonder if things like this were just me. Im glad to see it's not. For me it's that I can not eat many foods, not because of flavor but because of the texture and a really bad one is licking a wooden popsicle stick.

Aug 09, 2016
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Here's some of mine...
by: Anonymous

Sounds strange but this happens a lot... When I bite into a popsicle stick with my front teeth and pull it makes me 'cringe' I guess would be the best way to describe the feeling as well as a sudden cold shock/feeling down my spine... another thing is touching suede fabric, it gives me the same feeling but more focused in my teeth/mouth.

Certain sounds also set off this like the sound of scratching my nails across metal or the classic blackboard scratch.

Aug 06, 2016
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Lenticular print
by: Amberlee

Those little 3D moving picture card things. I hate them!!
it makes me feel ill just thinking of it, I get anxiety when I see it; if I hear some one scratch it, it makes my ears almost feel like they're buzzing and that's all I can focus on, I am instantly covered goosebumps, and I get that weird panicky breath; and if I touch it, it's the worst. It makes me feel like I'm going to start dry heaving. And reading your post reminded me of elementary school and I really don't like sandwiches for this reason... I was always nauseated by pb&j's because the jelly would soak into the bread and it would get a weird kind of hard sticky texture 😖

Jul 20, 2016
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Fabric AAAH!
by: Anonymous

There is only one type of material that I can touch and not want to cut my hands off, denim. I have no idea why. And to make things worse, my left hand is more sensitive. I have to wear gloves to fold clothes or use just thumb and index fingers to keep it minimal. I hate it and wish it would go away.

Jul 13, 2016
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Cures/help?
by: Anonymous

I'm so grateful I found this and the comments wow so many of you are feeling exactly how I feel. My main one is skin, my own or other people's especially finger tips I just hate the friction and the sliding noise it makes is disgusting to me it makes me cringe. Occasionally it's so bad I have to wear gloves because even the thought of touching my own skin repulses me? I also hate sponges like a lot of people here said and tissues are a no go.

I used to think these were just little 'quirky' preferences but it's really started to effect my quality of life this last year because instead of noticing just specific textures I hate it now feels like I hate all textures and it honestly feels like having hands with the ability of sensing touch is a burden haha that sounds extreme but it's true. I can't sit on buses or trains because of the seats and I can't touch my own skin let alone other people's. It's really getting me down at the moment and making me feel like a bit of a freak. Is it a form of OCD or something? Can I go to the doctors with this? I really need some help because I want to be able to live fully without being in constant cringe mode.

Jul 13, 2016
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Cardboard
by: Anonymous

Cardboard boxes are a nightmare for me. Feet on carpet is a big nope. Nails across certain metals even softly are goosebumps galore.

Jul 10, 2016
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i think i was a nudist in my past life
by: Meis

Why do I have state i was a nudist in my past life?....I cant stand the feeling of most fabrics. I cant stand any rough feeling textures. I dont eat peaches unless someone peels it for me. Just thinking or rather say remembering of how something must feel i get goosebumps all over and it is irrating. I can contol it (mind over matter) but the older i get the harder it is to control. But i can stand the feeling of silk and denim and tshirts unless i just took a bath. If i wear certain pants for work i can control my issue...but as soon as my husband touch my leg while we drive to work....the mind over matter theorie just flew out of the window. Sponges....i have to have gloves on or somehing before picking it up. As soon as i touch it bare hands....here we go again. I mostly wear denims and shirts or blouses i can block out the feeling. Unless i have to wear something else for events etc. Just talking about this i m sitting with goosebumps. I think i am just....crazy. thanks for listening(reading)

Jul 08, 2016
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Paint
by: Anonymous

I can't stand anything that has dry paint on it, gives me cold shivers down my spine but of a joke in my family

Jun 20, 2016
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Phew
by: Anonymous

I have a similiar issue. Cotton on stuff like towels and certain outfits make me gag for some reason. Just that feeling when you hear nails rubbing on a towel... Argh.

Jun 09, 2016
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Pruny fingers
by: Anonymous

I can't touch anything when I have pruny fingers. When I shampoo my hair and my fingers touch I gag. I always pass the bar of soap carefully between hands as to not have my fingertips touch. I can't anyone touching me with their pruny fingers either. My little one frequently touches my mouth with her little pruny hand when she's been in the bath too long and I spaz out every time. I always try and dodge her hand. Another one is wet washcloths rubbing together. Like when you're rinsing out a washcloth and you rub it together to get the soap or stain or whatever out of it. You would think showers would be nightmarish for me but I really do love to shower. Lol.

Jun 05, 2016
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I'm not alone!
by: GreenBelle

I'm so relieved to read that I am not the only one with texture issues haha. My main thing is that once I see a texture, and I like the look of it, I must touch it. It's so bad that even standing in line behind a stranger, if they have some cool key chain on their bag or are wearing some neat fabric, long hair, anything that catches my eye, I reach out and touch it. I can't stop thinking about it until I do.-. I also constantly rub my fingers together if I accidentally touch something I don't like, bugs mostly-.- as if I must clean my pallet of the feeling, or memory of the feeling.

Jun 01, 2016
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my problem with touching metals
by: Anonymous

I cannot touch metals. I just can't. And people think i'm weird or i do it for attention. But it's a very big problem for me, since a lot of everyday products are made out of metals. I use plastic spoons and forks to eat or when I'm outside i fold them with a piece of paper. I feel very uncomfortable touching coins, jewelleries other metals etc., I also feel comfortable around people who wear them and touch them constantly. I need help, It gets worse and worse with years passing.

May 26, 2016
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This page...
by: Samantha evans

This is the most uncomfortable I've been in a long time reading all of this haha. Velvet and courderoy and dry towels really get me. Especially after the shower. I have to lotion up immediately. And when I brush my teeth, I can't be standing on a carpet or i have to find someone else to stand while brushing my teeth. I am so glad to not be alone in all this!!

May 26, 2016
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Foam
by: Nathan

I can't touch foam packaging for technology (like hard drives). My wife thinks its hilarious, but I really can't. Thinking about it right now gives me goosebumps.

I also have a problem with that material that makes pictures move (you would tilt a picture and it would show three frames of movement -- ex. a baseball card in motion). We have a cup at home that has this on it and I can't touch it. :-(


May 20, 2016
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Long comment but thorough
by: Sam

I absolutely can not STAND to be sticky. The second I get anything sticky on me I panic. Not sticky like peanut butter or lotions, but like liquidy gooey sticky stuff. I'm cringing right now just thinking of syrup. I usually completely avoid it but every now and then I try to enjoy a waffle and if I drop syrup on me I flip out. If I have a sunburn I can't use that aloe gel stuff to soothe it. The second I spill coke on myself I go into hyper active mode and dart to a shower or sink right away. I eat ice realm sometimes and the spoon will sometimes become sticky at the top where I hope it and I immediately can not even just tough t out enough to finish eating I have to go and wipe it immediately off. If I eat oranges I have to keep wet wipes next to me because the minute my hands start getting sticky I start to freeze up from being so grossed(?) out. My mom bought me a cucumber mask thing for your face that you spread on and then peel off and I can't use it because it's so sticky and it disgusts me to think of it on my hands or face. My eyelids get oily a lot and I can feel the stickiness on them from it without even having to touch them.

I panic at the feeling of dry/cracked skin as well. Sometimes my feet or hands will be so dry feeling that I physically can not focus on anything else and have to immediately get lotion or something before I can even do anything else. I also hate the feeling of scabs on me because they feel like dry skin as well in a way and I pick them all off or I won't be able to focus on anything except for the feeling that they're there.

I can't stand the feeling of cottony types of thing. Thinking of cotton in my mouth right now like being at the dentist is making my teeth hurt. I can't stand it against my skin either. I also hate the feeling of getting my nails stuck in cottony stuff. Like the feeling of my nails sticking into loose threads on my jeans or fleece blankets makes me panic and I have to push my nails downwards to stop panicking.

The feeling / thought of biting cold things is horrible to me. I'm not sure though if that would be counted as just sensitive teeth or something though because cold things don't bother me anywhere else on my body.

May 16, 2016
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Finally
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem but it happens when i get out of a shower and touch hands when i run against certain fabrics I even asked my doctor about it and he had no idea sound of metal scraping gets me too

May 15, 2016
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Thank god I'm not alone
by: T

I've only recently discovered my texture aversions, like in the past year. Some of mine are sandpaper (including nail files), tin foil, anything scraping on carpet. I'm shuddering just typing this.

May 02, 2016
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Gaaaaag
by: Anonymous

I absolutely CANNOT stand to touch zippers, caps to pop bottles, Velcro, the holographic type things, wool, velvet, zipper tracks, all of these things make me gag, and if I have to touch them long enough I vomit.

Apr 29, 2016
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Bare feet on almost anything
by: Anonymous

I love bare feet. I want to be barefoot ALL the time. BUT:

My feet on a wet floor: NO
My feet outside: NO (though I really, really want to run around barefoot in the grass. I can't do it, because all I think about is the dirtiness that could be there -- dog or cat stuff, people who have spit in the grass, etc).
My feet touching drains: NO
My wet, showered feet touching even a clean bathroom floor: NO

My hands touching a sink: NO (chalkboard cringe feeling);
MUST wash right away

Anything sugary-sticky (e.g., syrup) on my hands: Makes me cringe ... MUST wash off



Apr 26, 2016
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everyone thinks i'm wierd
by: Anonymous

good to know there are others, but apparently not that common...I cringe, makes my skin crawl,teeth feel funny, like jolts of shocks, nausea.... textured metals, plastics, fabric like butter wrap, binder covers, tin foil, staples, etc.

Apr 11, 2016
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Any cure?
by: Peter

Anything with winter coat material especially the down ones makes me cringe. I can't touch silk especially ties. Does anybody else get cringes when they use a pencil?this winter coat thing makes it almost impossible to go out in the winter especially in Canada. I find that thinking about chewing on erasers helps it go away. Is there any way to get rid of this?

Apr 07, 2016
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Vision-Touch Synesthesia?
by: Anonymousfreakedoutguy

You should do some reading on mirror-touch synesthesia, vision-touch synesthesia, hypersensitivity to touch, and mirror neurons. A lot of this is sounding to me like vision-touch symptoms. I have 3 other types of synesthesia (grapheme, colored note, sound color) so i'm beginning to think the fact I 'feel' every texture that I look at across my skin might not be normal... and comforting to know it might not be normal for others as well... anyone?

Apr 04, 2016
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Thank you!!
by: Peri

I was wondering if my symptoms were in relation with SPD, but reading through this, I'm pretty sure they are. I've had extreme problems with feeling my fingertips, if I even think about rubbing my fingertips together I get incredibly anxious and uncomfortable. Same goes with plank wood, I hate it so much. Others that are very bad but not as horrible as the first two are chalk, cotton balls, and kleenex.

Mar 23, 2016
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oh my god
by: Anonymous

Wooden spoons/paddle pop sticks/wooden chopping boards

Rust

Gritty Wool (softer wool is okay)

The sound or feel of rocks clanging together

Filing my nails

All just feels like nails on a chalkboard

Feb 25, 2016
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Wooden spoons, ice lolly sticks, etc
by: Roxanne

Does anyone cringe and have their skin crawl if they have to touch certain wooden things? I feel freaked out just thinking of ice lolly sticks. Makes my teeth tingle at the thought.

Also, I'm obsessed with sponges. I have been for years. Any texture is good, I especially love the cheap kind. I just chew them and really want to swallow (never have, but I really want to!). But I get confused, I love the feel on my skin and the smell when wet... Part of me gets relaxed, part gets the urge to eat them and part of my kinda gets a little arroused.. Its like my body doesn't know what it wants from sponges! Argh! :(

Feb 22, 2016
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fabrick & more
by: peterdaiz

Fabrics pretty much anything if i rub continuously with the palm of my hands, things like for example, "leather and foam is almost ok to brush my hand on it and not feel the compelling need to rubing my hands together". The only thing that doesnt provoke it at all seens to be very clean glass. anything else like ,brushing clothes accidentally, will trigger the sensation .. have it on feet too. i hate when people sneeze :/ i wish i didnt but i absolutely do.. i hold it in or i get my entire head inside my shirt and give my stomach the shower of bacteria but .. better than showering other people.. so when people sneeze on the train or beside me , i always hold my breath for as long as i can . really ruins my day if i smell that horrible smell .

Feb 17, 2016
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Fear of Silverware and Fabric
by: Dawn

I'm part of the club! Ever since I could remember I've had an intense fear/revulsion to the feeling/texture of certain items.

Fabric has to be smooth and not silky. If it has the slightest itch or roughness, I start to panic and have to take it off/stop touching it. It has nothing to do with being comfortable physically, I literally start to panic.

Silverware, this one sounds totally crazy and is my worst one, but I immediately feel panicky and revulsion to the point of nausea if silverware is heavy in weight, a super detailed design or that cheap, flat stamped metal silverware you get in cheap restaurants. I have to bring plastic forks in my backpack just in case when eating out. It sounds crazy, but my boyfriend has two sets of silverware from when he moved into his apartment and I can only use one set of them. He knows about my issue and doesn't make a big deal of it thankfully and always makes sure to keep the set I can use, washed for me when I'll be over.

Tree bark, there are some types of trees where the tree bark is scaley or looks like its bursting apart from within (I think its how the tree trunk gets wider), and it causes an intense revulsion feeling in me. I can't touch it.

Pet fur, I have a very long haired cat, though I've experienced this same issue looking at the fur patterns of short-haired cats and dogs, the way it will "segment" apart and kind of "chunk up" in groups causes a panicky feeling, to the extent that I have to immediately smooth it out if it is my pet or look away if it isn't.

I always thought I was just crazy, it makes me feel so much better to know I'm not. Thank you all for existing, though I'm sorry that you experience the same feeling because I know how paralyzing it can be.


Feb 10, 2016
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wow!
by: Anonymous

I've been so worried that I was alone. If I touch Carpet yarn fake silk nail files I will literally come so close to puking my brains out and have an immediate panic attack. Soggy break also but not as bad as you've mentioned it. What is this?

Feb 09, 2016
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Thank Goodness I thought i was Crazy
by: CJ Tissue Hater

Honestly I thought I was mad, If I know i am about to touch tissues or like that is very soft plush fabric, the ones on teddy bears and etc, I can build myself up for it (But I hate every second of it) But if I unexpectedly touch a tissue, all bets are off.

Its so hard to describe the sensation, My jaw clamps shut, My arm feel like there going into Convulsions as the tingle from the place of impact grows up my arms (just thinking about the feeling is making me shiver) for me its not Painful except the feel in my teeth.
The thought of holding a tissue and rubbing it between my thumb and index finger is cringe worthy I thought I had a fear of paper "Papyrophobia" its real lol but I am now thinking its more Texture related
-Cj

Feb 07, 2016
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sigh of relief!
by: erin

Thank you for posting this! I am ADHD 33yr old and I cannot touch paper type things without putting on lotion first. When my energy or nervousness is on another level I obsessively put on peppermint chapstick and reapply lotion. I cannot eat all mushy foods i have to add crunch to it. I do not like steak juice to run into another food. Anyone have certain textures they do not like visually?

Jan 31, 2016
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in hell
by: nicola

i am a 39 y old mum of 5 and have never had a problem ;like this be4 i can not touch any tipe of fabric not any i need to were gloves to get my little one dressed 4 school i can not put my cote on its driving me mad now it is goin to toilet role and on and on i were my see throe gloves all day people are starting to look at me mum and family think it funny but i do not please so one till me what to do

Jan 28, 2016
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I can relate
by: Anonymous

My mom thinks I'm kidding but I'm Totally serious I cannot touch certain fabrics that are certian colors if I make a mistake and touch it I feel disgusted and like something is crawling on me I thought I was the only one

Jan 27, 2016
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Fabrics and textures
by: Anonymous

I cannot touch certain fabrics like silk and the kind of fabric that is inside must thivk jacket like puffy jackets and it absolutely sucks and people give me weird looks when i say i can't touch that i wish they would understand. :(

Jan 16, 2016
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My brother and I...
by: Michael Allen

My youngest brother and I have had the same crippling (lol) affliction since we were wee ones. People have always made fun of my reluctance to gather hot clothes from the dryer, especially denims and cottons, and of course cotton balls make me seizure with texture-related shakes. Thank you for bringing this into the light.

Jan 16, 2016
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cotton,metal.newspaper and anything dry or chalky
by: Jessica

I feel so much better knowing I'm NOT the only one with all this issues..ugh! I hate it so much my teeth quench and grind and all my hairs stand up from my arms all the way to the back legs just everything uncomfortable feeling. I don't even want to look at it because even imaging cotton,metal and anything dry or talking about it even :(). I wish I could stop this!

Dec 20, 2015
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Have similar issues
by: Hunter

NEWSPAPER... Who's the douchebag that invented newspaper material holy crap, I get so overwhelmed just thinking about it... I would love egg yolks if they didn't leave that chalky sensation afterwards, oh and that disgusting film membrane under the shell of the egg,I'm just gonna stop

Dec 13, 2015
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Good to know I'm not weird!
by: Anonymous

Cottonballs !... Just the thought makes my skin have goosebumps...touching them is like goosebumps all over me...I cringe when I have to work with those things...I'm an elementary teacher...lol...can't avoid it...but I'm just glad that I'm not alone...when I share this...people think I'm strange...thx for this post...

Dec 12, 2015
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Am I alone?
by: Anonymous

So, my deal is that I hate the feeling of anything dry or rough on the palms of my hands or feet. I put on lotion constantly and I cannot stand the feeling of my nails going into someone's palms of their hands or feet or their nails going into mine and when it happens I have to scratch my jeans or something to make the feeling go away. What's wrong with me?

Dec 11, 2015
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I think it's a combo of ADHD and anxiety that gives me similar issues
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the feeling of anything fleece or those fuzzy blankets everyone likes so much. It feels like it catches on my skin and drives me crazy. I also have to put lotion on my hands after handling rough paper or cardboard or I will feel awful for upwards of an hour. Not putting on lotion after I shower has a similar effect. My skin just feels so dry and I can't stand it. I also hate having sticky stuff on my hands. Also the reason I hate doing dishes. Yesterday I was handling something where some duct tape had left some adhesive residue and I immediately had to go wash my hands. The friend I was with was so confused because he doesn't know about my weird sensory issues. Slimy and soggy is fine and actually kind of enjoyable but drying and sticky freaks me right out.

Dec 02, 2015
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GLUE AND VELVET
by: Anonymous

Pushing my finger tips against anything dry - horrible. Pushing my fingertips against a ipad/phone screen HORRIBLE- feels like my nail is being pulled away from the finger D:

Velvet and such fabrics - bus seat material, the worst ever! I have to sit so still I cringe so bad and my teeth hurt.

But also, glue under my nails. Or thick liquid stuck in any crevice. Like in my teeth, or even if it's clogging up the rim of a saucepan - this hurts my teeth! Just looking at it/thinking about it, gives me the exact same feeling as claustriphobia. I will never get this glue from under my nails and I feel like my teeth are also clogged up with food even if they aren't, and I feel sick and trapped. Weird and sucky.

Dec 01, 2015
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I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

Corduroy and microfibre cloth creep me out. I hate touching them or similar textures.

If I touch them or something dirty (not oil or engine muck - I mean unhygenic things), I can feel it until I wash my hands.

On the plus side, pleasant touch sensations can stay with me for several minutes two.

Nov 26, 2015
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Fuzzes On My Bed sheet
by: Unicorns&Rainbows

Hi guys im 16 and i realized how serious i am about fuzzes on my bed sheet tonight when i refused to sleep in my room because of the sheets. Omg im so annoyed by this, I really hate Fuzzes on my bed sheet. You know those little fabric balls that form on your bed sheet after a couple washes or when you do laundry with towels. They are so irritating and keep me up all night, tossing and turning all night to the point it makes me sad and i want to cry. It is very uncomfortable and feels disgusting on my skin and i get grossed out, this was never a problem for me because i always keep my sheets fuzz free or just go with silk sheets but those make me so hot and their slippery. I havent heard anyone mention that here but im glad to know im not the only one texture bothers.

Nov 22, 2015
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I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

Oh gosh other people have what I have QwQ
my skin touching specific fabrics...it changes periodically....at the moment it's denim, rough upholstery fabric and leather. Hands rubbing together. Metal. Wet paper. The back on my iphone.
All of them give me shivers, I feel my throat tensing up if I have to touch them for too long and it almost feels like an anxiety attack. I am so glad I'm not alone though

Nov 18, 2015
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Fabric and nails
by: Anonymous

I have this same problem but only with the fabrics. I can't even think of nails against fabrics before I get this really bad tingling feeling.

Oct 23, 2015
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Am i the only one!!???
by: Rose

I cringe with a lot of the things said here.
BUT one i havent read, is when someone puts their lips together and makes a vibration sound, idk the name lol but like what babies do with their lips and sometimes spit while doing it.

That just makes me cringe sometimes and i feel it in my mouth as if i was doing it but i get that tingling uncomfortable sensation on my shoulders and arm and spine.

Also when someone is walking on a dirty floor! I dont even have to hear their feet for me to cringe. Its like i feel it myself. And i get that sensation on my feet and i just hate it all so much :/.

Or just by looking a people touch the things that make me cringe, i will cringe and feel it on my hands or feet. Thats what i hate the MOST!! Cuz i feel it, or at least thats how it seems to me. Its like remembering something u onced touched but feeling it as well.

Sep 27, 2015
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Can't touch certain material
by: Ali

Guys i am having the same issue like i can,t stand with touch or feel of paper, unfinished wood,my car roof,cardboad or opening a sandwich or any box it clentch especially my molar tooth, and send a shiver down my spin.
Trust me its not easy to live with this.
Its suicidal , ruined my life

I am 24 and it started only 4 months before i used to be happy and smiley person all time now i ma totally changed because of this. Been to GP couple of times but no help :'(

Please if anyone found out about this please update here as it will help others thanks

Sep 18, 2015
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Scratching jeans and more.
by: Amber

I have had this issue for longer than I can remember. I can wear jeans but I cannot rub then, and God forbid my nails scratch them! When I used to take tests and the class was silent, someone scratching or rubbing their pants across the room would send shivers down my spine! I even have this issue with other clothes, but not quite as bad.

Also biting silverware or even hearing someone else do it makes my mouth cringe like it were my teeth dragging across a fork.

Writing with a pen that feels rough on the paper?

Touching anything wet or damp. I have to use lotion immediately after or I feel like my hands are dry and I will clench them shut until I get my lotion fix.

I've always thought these were weird and people give me strange looks when the "pet-peeve" subject comes up. Glad I'm not alone and not crazy!

Sep 07, 2015
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Confused
by: Mother1990

My daughter rubs food all over her body. Hates the feeling of a wipe. She twists her hair with her fingers and hates the feeling of a brush. She has several paranoid thoughts on almost everything. No one believes me when I say she's doing these things...I need help.

Sep 03, 2015
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Fear of finger tips/prints
by: Tonks

Ever since I was a kid I've had this phobia. I can't rub my finer tips together or rub other objects with tiny lines rub together. It started with Scar in the lion king scratched his nails against a rock. Somehow they merged together and now any time a person touches my finger tips or rubs theirs together I have to block my ears or they feel all tingly and I get really pissed off. I just had to block my ears now just writing about it. Same shit with feet but I'm not creeped out by feet just the tiny lines. I duno if that made sense, I'm pretty high. I also have cyberphonia and now I have to go vomit hahaha

Aug 31, 2015
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Plastic
by: Anonymous

I like the feel of plastic. Sleeping on a plastic sheet. Hot & sweaty but in a weird way I force myself to stick with it. Similarly wrapping myself in plastic food wrap or wearing plastic pants.

On the minus side, i don't like the feeling of flanalette sheets.

Weird hey

Aug 28, 2015
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Another weirdo
by: Anonymous

Oh my gosh! Other weirdos! I always thought I was alone. Mine is rubbing hands together. It's all about the texture. The hundreds of little grooves in your hands that make up your fingerprints and what not, something about the texture rubbing together gives me chills/sends shivers up my spine and makes me cringe. It's worse when hands are wet. When I wash my hands I have to rub the palm of one hand against the back of my other hand because it's fine if my hand is rubbing a smooth texture, just not another hand lol. And lotion is the worst. I just watched an episode of Friends where Ross puts lotion on his hands and rubs it around and it makes me cringe so much.

Aug 18, 2015
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I cant touch
by: BMN

I can't have my bare feet touch carpet or a rug under a table while I'm eating. I can't eat syrup unless my shirt is off. Tags give me chills. Cotton candy makes me have chills. I hate sticky foods and I get chills even when someone on TV is eating it.

Wool anything is not good for me....either is any type of pine tree.

Aug 13, 2015
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can we.fix it?
by: Anonymous

Are tecture issues fixable? Not antidepressants or anxiety medication. If I know there is.nothing technically wrong with the things I fear touching..but still abe this?

Aug 12, 2015
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Relatable... So Relatable...
by: Anonymous

It's joking for a while, but then people always make you feel like an idiot if you say 'no, seriously'.

I can't touch microfibre or materials that have mildly similar textures. Just even the sight of some of them. It makes me feel like my throat's closed up and I can't breathe - almost like an allergy/asthma type thing. Makes cleaning cloths a nightmare...

Though, yeah, you have to joke about these things - my mother does the same sort of thing, and we share a few, so we'll go into a store and dare each other to push ourselves to touch certain things. It's horrible, but you TRY and desensitise yourself even if you just feel like it's going to make you have an attack and throw up.

Aug 05, 2015
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Cringy
by: Anonymous

I absolutely cannot stand the feeling of squeezing a sponge. It freaks me out so bad I cringe and get goosebumps it's terrible. I also hate the feeling of water on my skin and my toes rubbing together in my shoes. I'm glad I'm not alone. When I feel this things I get the weirdest sensation in my hands and fingernails and my teeth clench together I wish I knew if this had a name.

Jul 30, 2015
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I love the feeling of rubbing my hang nails
by: Anonymous

I do not know why. It's weird but I love rubbing them, the gentle soreness that comes with it. OR if I am feeling really weird. I will take white medical tape or even duct tape and keep putting on the hang nail and ripping it off. Yes this is weird but it feels good.

Jul 27, 2015
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Eek
by: Anonymous

Hi all,

Mine would have to be particular types of wood for furniture.
Certain fabrics like an old wool blanket, silk doona, seat belts against the skin sometimes.

The feeling of A toilet roll. Very peculiar I know.

Sends shivers down my spine and avoid at all costs.


Thanks for all the contributions, glad to hear I'm not the only one.

Jul 25, 2015
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Dry Textures
by: Anonymous

So glad to hear I'm not alone!

Dry paper towels, dry fabric in general, tissues, cotton balls... they all freak me out! I get nauseous and I shut down and feel like screaming. Also, wet fingers. You know, when they get all wrinkly? Makes me shiver and gag, can't stand it! I have to constantly use lotion. If my hands are dry, I literally can't focus on anything else until I put lotion on.

Jul 23, 2015
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I don't know why...
by: Muse

...but ever since I was a child, if my hands touch velvet or velour, they (my hands) feel really dried out as if something like chalk is covering them. I have to immediately either get my hands wet, or use lotion. Same thing happens with microfiber, but the worst fabrics of all are suede and chamois! I can't touch them at all. I don't understand why I get this reaction, but my family thinks it's really strange.

Jul 21, 2015
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ocd?
by: Anonymous

Mine is when i touch certain types of paper, the printer paper that doctors offices use, it makes my hands sore by just touching it. It's just too soft. Anyone else relate to this? I also can't look at little things bunched up together like cutting open a papaya or cantaloupe.

Jul 21, 2015
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Almost just like you :/
by: HeyItsRosie

I hate that feeling of fabric. I know what your talking about. I have a coach in my living room that I can't stand to sit on, but sometimes I just do. Something about the fabric is so bad an makes my hands so tingly, and feel so weird, I need to touch the fabric again to see if its really that fabric. (It sounds weird, but that's just how my body works I guess...)

Jul 21, 2015
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Similar issue but idk if that's what I have
by: Anonymous

I have a similar issue but it JUST started like a month or two ago. I'm 15 and I've never had this issue before. I'd always get anxiety when I cleaned but that's probably because I always thought of cleaning as a punishment. This just happened and it mostly happens when I clean. My fingers get all tingly and I get that nails on a chalk board sensation and it hurts. It mostly happens when I have to do the dishes or do laundry or touch towels at all. Once it starts it won't stop for days and I'll be unable to touch things for hours, days even weeks. My toung will feel uncomfortable and dry in my mouth and I'll start crying if I have to touch things while in one of these episodes. Do I have this or something else? How do I fix it?

Jul 15, 2015
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Chalk
by: Anonymous

The feeling of dusty chalk or dusty smooth stones rubbing on my hands or against each other freaks me out and gives me explainable sensations. Not good feelings though XD

Jul 14, 2015
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I have a similar problem
by: Anonymous

I don't know why, but every time I rub my hands, some one else rubs their hands, or I think of rubbing my hands, an unnatural chill goes through my body. I hate that feeling, and I can never get over it. This feeling can also be achieved by rubbing my teeth together, rubbing my nails on a chalkboard, etc.

Jul 13, 2015
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Wet
by: Anonymous

Hi..

I have no idea if anybody else has this problem but here goes..

I cannot stand being touched whilst wet. For instance the kids want to go swimming but I can't be cause the thought of their wet hands touching my skin makes me gag!!

Even when bathing I have to wear gloves because I cannot touch my skin its vile!

Please tell me Im not alone..

Jul 12, 2015
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Hagnail rubbing reply :)
by: Anonymous

Hi there! I'm Katie :) There IS another person out there that does this! I KNEW it couldn't just be me! Haha! If you come back to this site and read this comment...please email me at KatieMama101482@gmail.com. I'd like to talk to you more about your experience with this issue if you don't mind.

Jul 10, 2015
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SO MANY THINGS
by: Anonymous

There are so many things that drive me completely insane. whenever I See/Touch anything from this list my fingers get all tingly and I want to scream and I feel like I am going to go crazy:

- A lot of ice-Cubes floating in water in all different directions
- Slimy Silverware from sink
- Shampoo/Conditioner on floor of shower
- Books with yellowed pages
- Grainy Paper
- When my toes rub together (Keeps me up a lot at night)
- wet card-board/paper
- Fork Rubbing teeth
- any odd texture in general

I have been dealing with this for the longest time and never knew it was an actual thing, but it is a relief to know I am not the only one. What can I do to help and make it all stop?

Jul 09, 2015
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My sensory issues
by: Anonymous

Mine are when people erase a chalkboard with their hands, the feeling of yarn being pulled through my hands, cutting my fingernails, filing my fingernails, scrubbing wood paneling with a Mr. Clean magic eraser (I have 3 young kids). I get so sick to my stomach while doing these things that I have to stop. I can't watch other people erase a chalkboard with their hands without cringing. I am sick for several minutes after I stop doing these things. I never used to get sick when I was younger and nothing except cutting my nails and people erasing the chalkboard with their hands (my teachers did it all the time and it drove me crazy) bothered me but seems like recently more things have started to bother me and now they also make me really sick to do them. Biting my nails doesn't bother me and it seems like the only way I can cut my nails without getting sick.

Jul 07, 2015
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I thought it was just me
by: Anonymous

I hate the feel of dehydrated marshmallows like those found in cereal or hot chocolate against my teeth so I avoid them at all costs. I abhor wet bread or any wet savory foods. I avoid gravies, sauces, salad dressing and mayo like the plague. I can't read a new hard cover book without f running my two front teeth over the first page. The texture of the paper sends me into a tizzy so this is the only effective to get it out of my mind so I can read, which I love(paperbacks don't do it but they are easily damaged so I don't buy them). I'm so happy to see that I'm not alone, I thought I was a complete weirdo.

Jun 29, 2015
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Plate separated
by: Anonymous

Along with the two other posts I just posted under this I cannot stand my foods touch each other!

Jun 29, 2015
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Styrofoam and sauce
by: Anonymous

I hate the sound of styrofoam rubbing against anything and when I see styrofoam I hear it and it's like nails on a chalk board for anyone else and I hate most thing the that are gooey I can't stand sause or melted cheese or ketchup or mustard or peanut butter or jelly or mushed up fruit. If I don't look at it I might be able to get it in my mouth and sometimes I eat apple sauce if I don't focus on its lumpy features or chocolate syrup or regular syrup if I wash my hands afterwards ( I feel like it won't ever come off)! Btw is anyone else have this problem or a teenager?

Jun 29, 2015
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Shivers down spine
by: Anonymous

When I touch certain fabrics like velvet or even get close or near it I get a horrible shiver down my spine and it is a horrible sensation and it also happens when eat certain foods or smell them even I can taste the horrible flavor. When I hear certain sounds or even just see it like a chalk board I can almost hear the sound and I shiver. I'm not sure if it's just me but when someone lightly tickles by back or draws lighly on it I get a really good shiver down my spine am I weird?

Jun 10, 2015
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Re: hangnail rubbing
by: Anonymous

OMG! I finally found a person that does this. I have too been doing it my whole life. Rubbing hang nails and chapped lips that catch on thread. I do the lip one more till a part of my lip bleeds and i love the feeling. Gosh it's so weird but glad I am not the only one. I would like to know if there is more about this type of habit.

Jun 02, 2015
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I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

Wow I can't believe this is actually a thing. I've always kind of had problems with how certain things feel, but it wasn't something that stood out to me until recently when it began to get worse. Just five minutes ago I couldn't even touch a new blanket I got that I had no problem touching when I first got it. Someone commented saying they felt certain textures in their mouth after touching something, and yeah I get that too!

May 28, 2015
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Is it just me???
by: Rye

Over the past few years my issue with textures has gotten really bad. It started with a blanket that I used to sleep with. It felt weird so I had to purchase a new one. When I am sitting on my couch, it feels dirty (even though its not) so I purposely keep my feet off of it or any of my skin from touching it. When I was at the pool this weekend with my kids I had huge anxiety about the bottom of the pool floor and the pool deck feeling nasty on my feet. So bad that I did not want to go in.
What is wrong with me??????????

May 26, 2015
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Can't touch the weirdest things!
by: Sydney DeVille

I can't stand touching paper.. Like any paper at all.

I hate my skin touching paper and the sound it makes when skin rubs paper. I hate construction paper especially. I remember in kindergarten I always hated doing activities that required touching construction paper baby I hated it touching my hands. Scratching paper with fingernails is the worst though. It makes me cringe just thinking about it!

May 20, 2015
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Heebie jeebies
by: Anonymous

I cannot STAND wet if it's not attached to whatever it came from. I gag and there usually a little involuntary throw-up action. I also hate when someone has rough skin somewhere, especially on their feet, and they run that rough spot on something. Like sheets. Like my husband does in bed. I swear the sound of that actually goes through my body and makes me panic. The worst problem I have is that I cannot wear necklaces or anything with a remotely high neck. I'm pulling at the neckline of my scrub top right now, just like I do every day. When something gets close to the skin on my chest I just start panicking. I don't know why...it started right around the time I hit puberty.My doctor then suggested I try wearing increasingly heavier necklaces so I would get used to it again. Worst advice ever. The only time that it doesn't bother me to the point of insanity is if I'm really REALLY focused on something else, but it's gotta be some sort of extreme sport for me to forget about whatever is on my chest. And the second my concentration breaks, I am ripping things off because I start to have a panic attack.

May 18, 2015
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NAILS ON CHALKBOARD
by: castillok26@gmail.com

My #1 is ANYTHING WET. I HATE it if anything gets stuck to me while I'M IN THE SHOWER. I CANNOT step out of the shower on a bare floor. I have to step onto a towel, as carpet has little cotton fibers that will stick to the bottom of my feet.I change my towel every 3-4 days. Same with the hand towels. People never change those. So when washing my hands at others'homes, I dry my hands on my pants. Hair sticking to my wet hands or feet would be hell. Wet hair is the devil. I go to my bedroom immediately after a shower to avoid getting dirt crumbs, hair, etc on my feet. I vacuum every few days to minimize risk of hair,dirt crumb, etc-to-wet foot contact. I HATE THAT spongy material that is on cushions and catches your nail edges when they're not even.

I HATE BEING WET. I don't even hang my towels in the bathroom. I out then over my door. I COULD NEVER USE A PUBLIC RESTROOM. I CAN'T USE ANYONE'S SHOWERS. I USE MINE only because I go to such measures to avoid mishaps. I HATE getting dressed after swimming. I will dry off outside and change, rather than go in soldiers bathroom all wet. I WOULD NEVER USE A BATHROOM WHITE I'M WET, even partially.

I HATE nylons, and the thought of legs rubbing together while wearing them. I don't brush my teeth in bathroom. BUT I suppose that's neither here nor there. Being wet is gross. In the pool, everything is gross. There's ALWAYS hair in the pool. HAIR IS EVERYWHERE! Shirt, curly hair is a no-no.

May 10, 2015
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ARRRGGHH
by: Anonymous

I have the same exact feeling! Though mine is a LOT of things, which sucks! So I get this awful feeling in my chest, my teeth feel weird, and I get goosebumps when I touch velvet, scratch/touch/rub a certain fabric I don't like (especially after I wash my hands, for some reason they are dry afterwards and when I touch those fabrics I feel as if I might explode!), when we clean the floor (the thought of like bristles rubbing up against carpet just makes me want to scream), loud screeches/creaks/squeaks, and the idea of friction (don't get me started, that unit of science sucked for me!). All those things just want to make my rip my hair out!!! My friends and my parents think I'm crazy, I just never thought other people have the same problem!

Apr 23, 2015
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VELVET
by: Marlena Omotayo

People have always minimized my fear of velvet. When i touch it, it feels like it clings to my fingers, i have rub my fingers together to get rid of the feeling or wet them. it's like a panic attack. the fabric touches me back and I guess my brain hates it, idk. Other things that I cannot do:

felt tip pens (i can feel the tip of the pen and it's horrid)
dry q-tips (must be wet for me to use)
cotton balls (must be wet)
styrofoam against styrofoam
corduroy
kleenex (it's too soft, my brain thinks it's touching me back)

But velvet is like the fabric from hell, what is it and why does it seem to stick to my fingers, it gives me MAJOR anxiety. If I had a chance to live in a house lined and filled with velvet for a week for 1 mill, I promise you I wouldn't last.

Apr 22, 2015
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Things pressing on my hand and feet
by: Anonymous

I get really irritated and start to flinch at the thought of things pushing into my palms. Does anyone know what this is?

Apr 15, 2015
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Why
by: Adam

I want to know what this problem is. I honestly feel it's getting worse and worse. My number one thing is the feeling of velvet. So many places have velvet lined chairs or sofas and if I just touch it for a second I have to dip my fingers in water. I will say I'm not a stranger to throwing up after touching velvet either, I don't know why I'm so repulsed by it, I wish I wasn't but it's horrid.

Also mushrooms, tomatoes and cooked onions. I have never tasted them because the insides of them push me away. They have a horrible texture that I can't stand.
I don't like the touch of cotton wool, ESPECIALLY the idea of it being in my mouth. The only way I can touch cotton wool is if I have lots of water to soak it completely.

And I found out today that wet tea leaves just have the nicest feeling. It's the complete opposite of velvet for me. I accidentally burst a tea bag and I discovered that the texture is just the nicest feeling in the world.

Sorry for such a long thing... I don't talk to many people so I guess I went on too long.

Apr 15, 2015
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I can't agree more
by: Adam

As I read this, I felt this horrid shiver travel around my chest each time, I even had to wdrink some water when you said about a napkin in your mouth. My biggest fear of getting braces wasn't having injections or having teeth ripped from my mouth, it was having the cotton wool in my mouth soaking all the moisture. I am physically repulsed by that sensation, just the thought of it.

Velvet or those fabrics with very short hairs on, often on sofas or cushions are my biggest hate. Even seeing a picture of the material tenses me up and I have to dip my fingers in water or do something to get rid of the feeling.

Another thing I have that you didn't mention is terracotta. IN my opinion it doesn't make sense, even when you dip it in water it's dry seconds after. When I touch it I feel like it's sucking moistoiure of my hands. The only way I can touch these things is through gloves or using lots of water to keep my hands wet. I don't know why I have to do this but I do.

Apr 12, 2015
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Agitating Perforations
by: Dave

Most textures with holes, like natural sponges, tree bark patterns and certain rock formations make me want to bite them. I once bit into a tree because it was really annoying me - the pattern literally made my gums and teeth feel itchy.

Don't even get me started on Swiss cheese!


Apr 11, 2015
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Texture is mine
by: Anonymous

I CANNOT stand the feeling of most type of clothing!!!! I have about 15 Hanes shirts that I wear and that is like the only shirts I wear. I have 6 pairs of pants I really like, and 4 pairs of shorts. And I HATE jeans. I always feel bad about myself because I have all these little problems with clothes. So I can't be like a normal teenager, like wear jeans or fashionable/nice shirts:( Ughhhh…but thanks for this article and comments they made me feel better to know that I am not like the only one who has texture/feeling issues!

Apr 11, 2015
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Mine isn't all bad
by: Anonymous

First, the bad: I've had seafood maybe a handful of times in my life. The texture makes me gag. It's all wrong. Not even oysters, which make me want to vomit, but flaky fish and scallops and shrimp. It feels like I'm tearing into human flesh with my teeth. Disturbing.

Then there's the good. I feel like a freak when I see something that looks really soft and have to touch it. BUT there's some kind of chemical produced or emotion or something that happens when I do touch wonderfully soft things. It's so calming. It makes me so happy. And I'm able to stop touching it. I can walk away and forget it, but I'm still smiling. And I can keep myself from touching PEOPLE (although I admit to having done so when I was younger - cashmere sweaters or something. *shame*).

Apr 03, 2015
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Cotton, Velvet, Fleece, Styrofoam, Paper
by: Lauryn

Those 5 things will be the death of me. I instantly get cottonmouth, cringe, and blink a million times in a row. Just watching someone else hold styrofoam or hear them moving it makes me convulse. Disgusting.

Hating the feeling of paper is awful because I love reading, love books... or at least the concept. Thank goodness for e-readers!

Apr 03, 2015
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Apt. 9 cuddlies
by: Anonymous

I have a similar issue where I can't stand the sound of cats scratching at litter. I can't stand the sound of dogs barking or whining. I can't stand the feeling of vegetables in my mouth, and I am slightly overweight because I can't eat them without gagging. But there is one positive. There's this women's dress fad going around, it's this super soft cuddly fabric with like folded blank spots in it. It's by apt 9. When my ex first introduced me to the fabric I was hooked. I now boast about 15 cuddlies in my collection, and some I sleep with. I also wear the too big one as a scarf, and no one can see the difference until I show them. My mom used to yell at me about it, but now it has become a part of life. I love my cuddlies and they are the best thing to have happened to me.

Mar 25, 2015
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Fingers touching and glass
by: Anonymous

I cannot stand it when my fingers hit one another on the same hand. If I notice it happening I have to interlace and clench my opposite hands together for a while to get the feeling of over sensitivity to go away. I dunno why it's not a problem if it's my opposite hand's fingers.

I also hate hate hate the feeling of dry glass after it comes out of the dishwasher. That frothy thick dry squeaky feeling makes me want to dump myself in a vat of oatmeal or something it's so bad!

Usually if my hands start feeling bleargh getting them wet it helps, but if I dry them right away it just makes the feeling come back 10x worse.

Mar 12, 2015
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Me and my daughter
by: Rebecca

I can't stand jeans being scratched I have to immediately bite my nails. My you her sister does the exact same thing. Cotton balls, shamwow fabric, freaks me out. Puts a cringing sensation in my teeth. My daughter who is 5 like torn bread it has to be perfect, no color differences between her plate and cup. They have to match. Sounds -hair dryer, she will cover her head. Rough textures she will scream if it touches her. And so much more.

Feb 19, 2015
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cringe!
by: Anonymous

Mine is damp clothes/towels rubbing together or even just a towel rubbing together.. I hate getting out the shower to put a towel on because it makes me cringe so much... I also couldn't think of anything worse than to have to chew a jumper sleeve(like most my friends did when we were younger) or have to chew a cotton ball or tissue, I guess any type of fabric.. what makes it worse is having sticky hands, makes me want to cry just thinking about it ahah. I've never really had a problem with nails on a black board though..

Feb 07, 2015
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Oh Wow...
by: Anonymous

With me its the sound and feeling of a certain plastic, not the smooth kind but the somewhat coarse kind you find on storage containers. The sound makes me cringe and gives me the chills. I often have the desire to bite or chew something tough to dispel the feeling. Touching it is just as bad. Accidentally skimming the surface with my fingernail makes me want to claw something.

What messes me up is my mom. She's big on products with that texture-containers, file folders, notebooks-you name it, she has it. She gets a kick out of scratching it. She thinks its funny.

Glad to know Im not the only one.

Jan 29, 2015
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Lotions and oil yuck!
by: Katie

I also have these aversions to certain feelings and sounds.

The feel of lotion or body oils rubbing on my skin freaks me out for some reason. It just started a few months ago too. I'm not sure where this dislike came from. When I put on lotion or soap or anything on body I have to put it on a towel and rub it on me.

I HATE when you take a bath and your fingers get pruney! That is one of the most uncomfortable feelings for me.

The sound of silverware on glass plates is my #1 most hated sound. It makes me feel angry, and sick at the same time. I don't like going out to eat much because of this, and when I do I order a burger and fries, or some other kind of finger food. The sound of people chewing is also another one that makes me feel ill.

However there are certain sounds and textures that are soothing. I watch many asmr videos on youtube that put me at ease.

Jan 26, 2015
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Re: hangnail rubbing
by: William

That is the thing about SPD, it circumferences such a large range of symptoms and behaviors. Basically anything that produces a sensory overload, or anything to avoid a sensory overload qualifies technically.

Jan 26, 2015
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hangnail rubbing
by: Anonymous

OK...so I cannot seem to find anything on this issue but I know I can't be the only one! I love rubbing my hangnails on the inside seam of t-shirts or on blankets that have started to ball up and will catch the hangnail in a certain way. I will rub until the hangnail is gone and sometimes to the point of bleeding and I don't even realize it! I also like to rub my chapped lips on the same types of material hoping to catch the dry skin on a thread. Typing it out makes me sound so retarded...but I've done this my whole life!! Does anyone else out there have this issue???

Jan 23, 2015
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Goosebumps; Touching, pinching neck/back
by: Anonymous

I feel ya, but mine are different with your textures. It's when someone or something pinches, or touches my neck/back. I get goosebumps when it happens, I complain to my friends not to touch/pinch my neck,mans they do it anyway.

Jan 19, 2015
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disturbing tingling
by: Anonymous

i can't stand to smell cardboard or have it any where near that the particles in the air can get in my mouth, i causes my mouth and teeth to itch and irritate me and drive me crazy...

Jan 06, 2015
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Textures you crave?
by: Anonymous

It's so good to see I'm not the only one who has some sensory preferences/dislikes. I've seen a lot of comments about textures people don't like, but is there any texture that you crave?

I love the texture of sponges - and I love to chew on them. It is enough to the point where if I see them I have a huge CRAVING to chew on the sponges, and if I have them in the house I cannot help myself. It is the same with foam (like upholstery foam).

Dec 24, 2014
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I have very similar issues, however...
by: altruisticwarrior@live.com

I advise you to get checked for Aspergers or Autism. I have Aspergers and it's a main component in our world. Textures of some degrees can send us into a panic or rage even, it's that bad. For me, sight foods and unsoftened towels are high on the list.

Dec 13, 2014
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Sandpaper
by: Anonymous

I can NOT stand any type of sandpaper, or nail file, or anything like that. It's absolutely disgusting. I cannot help but feel like throwing up and I hate it. And sandpaper is associated with wood work, and then that's all manly...people have called me not manly for it. I hate it.


Dec 01, 2014
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nice to know I'm not the only one!
by: picky girl

I hate the feeling of frozen cardboard or touching paper with my cold hands. My fiance gets a kick of taking my toenails and running against the tips. Hate it. Also I won't eat noodles, I have gotten better at tolerating being by then and making them but I used to get sick just buy all of it smell texture, sounds, even looking at it. And lotion on my hands is another no no. I can put it on top of my hands and on my body but I can't stand it on the palms of my hands. Lovely the enetrr the word to post a comment is noodle. How ironic. Haha

Nov 28, 2014
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thought i was mad
by: Anonymous

I hate it when my nails have chips in and i catch them on things i literally can't unclench my hands for hours after, kills my finger but i just can't deal with them catching again. even if i filed the chip away, also hate cotton tight socks the idea of someone wearing them and clenching there toes make me have shivers for at least 10 mins i pick my nail varnish off to calm down but then that causes rough feeling on my nails so i paint then at least 2 times aday. my boyfriend has to put up with me and I'm surprised he does feel stupid but i literally feel like i will die form the sensations and noised it causes. I've had times I've not been able to sleep and cried the whole night just because my toes touched tough material. how do you all deal with it?

Nov 24, 2014
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Sound Truth
by: Anonymous

I personally am scared of swing and other thing similar because the sound they make when they are a little rusty scares the crap out of me. I hate most sounds wether it is someone cheering for a team or a simple as game noises. I just feel like killing somone (metaphor that means I will go nuts). I wished that it was silent. One night it was raining hard thunder crashing often. I am scared of lightning and thunder. I was independent so when I got scared I will go to a "hiding spot". I went in closet which had a phone in thier conected. I was going to call a family member to confort me BAD IDEA. BAM...Yes I lost my hearing everything was silent. I woke up in the hospital...Now I wish everthing had noise but I know this one is impossible. Carefull what you wish for...

Oct 29, 2014
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OMG IM NOT AlONE
by: Anonymous

I hate the feeling of my fingers getting caught in fabric, or my hair breaking when I'm brushing it.

Oct 14, 2014
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You're not alone
by: Anonymous

I can't touch anyone else while my feet or hand are wet it sends shock waves through my system.

Oct 07, 2014
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Rough object phobia
by: Stephen S

My biggest one is rough objects, it physically makes me cringe and not be able to talk because my voice the feels rough i know what sounds ridiculous but i physically feel sick in the process,

Sep 18, 2014
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My issues include sounds, but others are same
by: Anonymous

The biggest thing that pushes my buttons is other people's mouth noises when eating or kissing - that insanity provoking kit-kat commercials where they play the song by CRUNCHING THE CANDY makes me so crazy sometimes I scream into a pillow to keep from breaking things. Slurping soup,etc. and slurpy kissing sounds make me want to scream also. I also cannot stand the feeling of food staying in my mouth any longer than absolutely necessary - I have to eat quickly or spit it out.
The texture thing tends to lean toward rough or sticky/grabby materials - anything that makes my skin/nails feel like they are catching on it. I won't bore you with the other 100 things that drive me insane. Nice not to feel alone!

Sep 14, 2014
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I'm not alone :D
by: Anonymous

I cannot stand to hear or feel myself or anyone else rub their hands. It's horrid. I sometimes compare the feeling to sandpaper, or if you could feel the sound of nails on a chalkboard, that's rubbing hands for me. I've always been teased about it, even at work and at home. I tell a few people to politely stop on the odd occasion it's too unbearable to listen to but i either get a confused response or they shove their hands in my face. It's alright when washing my hands, but without any lubricant (as weird as that sounds) it's just horribly uncomfortable.

I also find i can't rub the rest of the skin on my body all that well without slight discomfort that grows into the same feelings.

I also cannot stand buttons. I find myself having to wash my hands after touching them as if they're disgusting. I can stand having them on items of clothing but i tend to steer clear of any clothes with them.

Glad to hear i'm not alone!!!

Aug 21, 2014
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Am I weird? Plead help
by: Anonymous

I literally cannot stand when myself or other people rub their hands together, I can't stand the sight or the sound. I get shivers all through my body whilst cringing and have to dig my nails into my palms to get the feeling away. It's bearable when I do it myself and there's hand wash on my hands but all other times I have to block my ears and close my eyes. Everybody knows and think its funny but it's actually very painful, a few times my nails cut my palms and I'd start bleeding. This is a huge problem for me that won't go away. The thought of somebody rubbing their hands together makes my skin crawl all over. I've never met anybody else with the same problem, so is their anybody else out there? Btw I feel the same with the soles of my feet and can't even bear to touch them. Is it a mental thing? Please help me!

Aug 14, 2014
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Textures, Foods etc etc
by: Rozy

I was so pleased to hear today that I'm not alone when it comes to these 'weird' phobias. A colleague of mine is exactly the same :). I can't stand the seeds in paw-paw, green peppers and even the Flora seed man. Also the ad with naked bodies (must be a body lotion) clustered together makes me so nauseous. Soggy food also a big NO NO. Puddings like malva with custard I cant stand it must be separated. I sleep with socks winter and summer because I cant handle fabric on feet at all. There are a lot more, but all for now. Glad to have met more of 'me'.

Aug 08, 2014
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Omg ... Yes
by: Anonymous

I thought I was the only one.. I thought something was wrong with me.. I hate soggy bread from subs on my tongue it make my flesh crawl.. Also to much jelly, jello, pudding. Another thing is the feeling of dirt especially gooey stuff and outside water on my feet.. I be close to throwing up.. I wonder Why this happens??

Jul 25, 2014
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foods, feet, and textures
by: Anonymous

When I was in school I could not stand the feeling of the texture on fake wood tables, that weird bumpy texture. Or the feeling of certain coats, jackets, pantyhose, what we use to call trapper keepers I think it's like a nylon material. Things that are too dry like chalk. When something scratches or tickles my foot I get this weird salty taste in my mouth.

I cannot stand the texture or feeling of jellow, mushrooms, soggy cereal. The feeling is wiggly and it reminds me of worms and snakes which is a huge phobia for me (they don't have legs and they get around like that it's weird)

I never noticed the food thing until my partner commented about how we thought it was weird that I liked ice cream and I liked nuts/fruit but didn't like them together.

I was told by somebody once that they thought I had synesthesia

Jun 30, 2014
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Facebook shampoo picture
by: Anonymous

Omg that picture on Facebook freaks me out just thinking about gives me chills and goosebumps also the bottom of a milk pan after heating milk up freaks me out thought I was only person with this problem anyone know why this happens

Jun 29, 2014
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I have had thus for years. Honeycombs, tripe, dried glue from behind Formica that looked texture. I have been made fun of by my family and today there is a picture on Facebook about a shampoo and the picture shows holes in something. With in a second I sick. Just from the picture . I have thought I've been alone for years.

Jun 27, 2014
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Textures/sounds
by: Anonymous

I find it extremely uncomfortable to rub the bottom of my feet with my hands, especially when they are wet/pruny or have lotion on them, and same with rubbing my hands together, the sound and the feeling makes me want to gag and makes me cringe like when you hear nails on a chalk board. Even seeing or hearing somone else do it i have to walk away or plug my ears and look away. Everyone who knows this about me thinks its amusing and will rub there hands together just to see me freak out. Another thing i cant stand is sand paper material or files for your nails or those things that scrap dead skin off your feet. I also am repulsed by loose hair, especially long or wet hair. Its unpleasant to even think about these things. They dont interfere with my life or anything and ive never thought it was weird until my significant other started noticing.

Jun 27, 2014
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Feeling good with rough surfaces
by: Anonymous

I know most of the comments here are all sort of negative feelings over textures but I would just like to know if there's anyone else here who finds rubbing your feet (and sometimes hands) against rough surfaces a bit like soothing and relaxing to some extent? I have had this "disorder" ever since I was a kid and it is only today that it daunted me to google this kind of condition eventually leading me to this page. Anyone?

Jun 27, 2014
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me too
by: Jack

I can't eat fruit yoghurt because it has small chunks of fruit in it, I hate when it touches my tongue while I am enjoying the smooth yoghurt. I love mashed potatoes but not with too much milk, then it's just eww and if something gets into it then it's just like the yoghurt. I hate cereals because they get soaked with milk after a while and the sound of it absorbing the milk is making me cringe. Nobody is gonna make it touch my tongue lol. I feel uncomfortable eating cherries because I have to take the pit out of my mouth which I find disgusting. I also have the hole thingy.. I just feel like there is something in the holes and I want to tear them apart but on the other side I like to look at them it's strange.

I can't stand the feeling of rubbing my hands together or to certain fabric after shower.. oooh shivers. I am 20 yo male.

Jun 24, 2014
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rubbing wet hands together??
by: Anonymous

Ive read all the comments but never come across anything like the problem i have. When the palms of my hands or feet are wet i literally cant stand the feeling of rubbing them or even slightly touching them togethrr it makes me want to scream! Whenever ive gone swimming my mum and friends have always found it fun to try chase me and touch my hands then eventually would stop when i was on the verge of a break down!! I wish i knew someone else like this :/ email if you know something about this :) (beccat279@gmail.com)

I also have the holes thing. For instance i couldnt sleep last night for thinking about it. I got really upset and uncomfortable i wish it would stop :/ i constantly have to check my skin because i feel like holes are forming on myself.. Im going to try some form of therapy like them calming cd's or something and hope it does something!! I ferl really itchy and aggitated now ah!!

Jun 14, 2014
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freaky
by: Anonymous

I Have just come on here because of the hole/cluster thing, because I was cooking dinner and a sausage split but not normal it had like holes and I had to throw it away because I was freaked out and aswell as our sweet potato when I was preparing it, it had these holes in it so it went in the bin, but i remember when I was little I had this booster seat that if u turned it over there was these crater type things in the shapes of stars, I picked at them and destroyed the holes because they made me so unsettled. I was reading someones post up above about the breat with the cancer, I saw this too after someone posted it on fb, I was in bed and I was so freaked out by it, I could not sleep for hours I wanted to scream and break something and still the image in my head is making me angry. I had no idea this was a thing!!!

Jun 11, 2014
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So many things creep me out
by: I hate being weird

Ugh I absolutely hate pilling(the cotton balls that form on your clothes or sheets after wearing or washing them too much). I have bought three new sets of sheets in the last six months because It makes my skin crawl just thinking about sleeping on them with those little cotton balls on them. I will literally examine my sheets like a crazy person it's so ridiculous. Can't wear shirts that have it on them either. It just grosses me out! You should see me when I have to stay at hotels. It's horrid.

I hate the look of fleece because it reminds me of pilling and makes my skin crawl. I can't stand certain quilts or comforters. My grandma had this multi colored cotton quilt and I stayed away from that thing like the plague. I hate light colored carpets or carpet that's too dark.

I also hate when people pop their body parts. Or pic at their skin or scratch their hair and flick whatever residues are on their hands.

I also absolutely cannot stand pieces of hair. Not the long pieces but the short ones that resemble eyelash hairs. If I see them on surfaces or clothing or sheets I get soooo grossed out!

It's many more I just can't think of all of them right now.

May 31, 2014
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I never thought that anyone would have the same issues like me!
by: Anonymous

I have the exacttttt sammmmee isssuesss according to cotton,small grains of bread,kleenex,the feeling between the teeth!!!omgggg!!!I gotta say im a bit relieved!!!

May 22, 2014
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Rough appearance
by: Anonymous

Don't know if this falls in the same category, but
can't stand to look at the skin on the GEICO
Gekko, bumps, want to pull it's skin off, rough,
ugly skin on an elephants trunk, want to scrub it
off, etc., don't have to touch, only see.

Is this the same phobia. Have been told phobias
arise when one doesn't want to think about something else.

Apr 24, 2014
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need answers please
by: Anonymous

Any time I touch something too soft or smooth (dry things) it makes my voice all but dissappear and I have to swallow over and over again to try and be able to speak normally again. Happens with my feet too. Just the feeling of my hands or feet rubbing on my bedsheets in a certain way makes me want to curl up and try not to gag. What is this???? It's almost like cotton balls are being shoved down my throat.

Apr 20, 2014
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Phobia question
by: Kaity

Omg!!!!! Some one help!!!! I can't touch anything chalky dusty or anything with teeny tiny grainy ground up material. What is that phobia called?!?!? HELP!!!!!!

Apr 09, 2014
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help my uncomfortable skin
by: katie

my hands are extremely uncomfortable when they rub against things like jeans, clothes, curtains etc. it is spreading to my face and my legs. ive endured this for nearly ten years and it is becoming unbearable. i rub my fingers togeather and have goosebumps when i rub my hands or even pick up a number of things and people think its a joke. can anyone help me? yale.katie@yahoo.com

Mar 08, 2014
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love my fingers
by: kay

Every since I was younger I have been obsessed with suckingom my fingers when I'm in the shower or if they are wet. It puts me in another world I dinf myself rolling my eyes back cause it makes me so happy. I don't like to see or touch cotton balls it makes my teeth ache and seeing hair on my oil low makes me want to throw up!

Mar 02, 2014
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I think i have some strange things too
by: Anonymous

I can't touch rough things, makes my teeth go on edge and the hair on my arms stand up. Rough wood, some apples, even the mention of Russett apples makes me cringe, I am a gardener and hate getting my hands muddy and then dry. Can't go near pears and new potatoes have to be peeled for me! Some jacket potatoes have same effect. Just writing now is making my hair go up !
Another strange thing is sometimes when i eat a fried egg or cheese on toast my throat tickles inside and my eyeballs "tickle" how odd is that !!??
Sometimes when I scratch my forhead above my nose i can sneeze.
I have other odd things too........

Feb 10, 2014
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Omg!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

After i read about you having the feeling of grinding the napkin between your teeth when you hole certain paper, I had to comment! I have felt this way exactly ever since i was little. Im a 17 year old girl now. I can't hold paper without lotion on my hands. I hate wearing jeans and wear leggings all the time. And Hate sweaters. But paper is my enemy! I just hate the feeling and i can just feel it grinding on my teeth!

Jan 21, 2014
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So this is real....
by: Anonymous

I'm 31, & I'm glad I found this page. I don't have a hysterical response as it seems others have a higher level of sensitivity. But, there have been times when I've gagged, or had to quickly avert my eyes from objects or even animals/ insects, spiders, etc, along with shivers and the cringing feelings. One of my reactions happened while watching the movie "the hulk" (most recent version", there wax a scene where a huge radioactive ball was presented, but it didn't look like a ball, but like spheres that we're fused together in the center and shot outward, I cannot get mg mind around it. It just makes my skin crawl. One of my scariest moments was having put on my pants one morning & realizing something was crawling up my leg, which turned out to be a 4inch centipede, hhhhuuuuhh! I can't do the legs on those!!! Also spider eyes, yikes! Everyday items like cracked soap, under the caps of mushrooms, & I watched a show recently about Alaska. The glaciers freaked me out when I saw the crevices that form in them naturally. I had to look away. Also my Dad used to have me pluck his ingrown hairs from his beard when I was a kid. Once I ran into a pore which had multiple hairs growing from it, it's been years since then but it cripples my mind to think of it. Also, magnified images can definitely set me off!

Dec 27, 2013
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help
by: Loverin

I'm 19. I'm so happy I finally found out what's wrong with me. I can't stand people rubbing my skin, I can't stand carpet touching my feet, so I always wear socks. I can't touch laundry, especially if it has just been dried. I can't touch walls, or even run my hands across any surface. I hate my skin feeling dry, and it aggravates me when someone touches me while I feel dry. However, I found a way to somewhat help me through this. LOTION. I have to keep lotion with me all the time. Afer I shower, I quickly dry off because I hate the feeling of towels and I immediately apply lotion to my hands, then feet, and then the rest of my body. I put on my socks, because I can't stand my feet sliding through my pants and when I put on my shirt, I clench my fists when I put my hands through the sleeves. I just wish I could get rid of this forever.

Dec 19, 2013
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Can't believe there are others and it has a name!
by: Jayne & Jacob

I have suffered with this problem all my life ... It got me into awful a trouble a school and a got labelled as naughty my education suffered as a result of all this.

I could not hold pencils, paint brushes, sand, some papers, and many other things. No one believed what I said and it has the ability to make me cry but no one seemed to have ever heard of it. My husband. Thought it was 'quirky' and hilarious and over the years I have learned to laugh it off and find solutions.
Then my son was born...... Then my daughter!
My son is exceptionally gifted academically and struggles to fit in socially but he has this terrible 'thing' .... My daughter do not! My husband and my daughter find it hilarious but. I am now terribly protective of my son after my memories of being told to not be so silly and disruptive and to ' pick up the wet raw wood paint brush and put it in the powdered paint' arggggh even just trying makes my jaw tighten so much it hurts!

My son has a few. I don't have like ..rubbing his wet hands on wet skin, washing etc. we are trying to solve showering at the moment, you can see why people would think he's making it up, I know my parents still don't believe it, they say he's trying to get out of showering! Ridiculous . This has affected my whole life . Thank you for making me feel normal. I would like others to know so children don't suffer at school! It's still pretty hard to convince any teacher of its effects and have to buy our own stuff but thankfully we are at an independent school so can more of a statement.

Nov 20, 2013
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I'm in almost the same boat.
by: William

I can't stand certain smells, like perfume gives me an instant headache. I can't touch most fabrics without making a face that resembles the killer from the movie series "Scream". If i scrape my hand on the interior roof of a vehicle i will seriously freak out. If im eating in-front of the TV and a gross bug is shown, i will loose my appetite. Then to make it worse i will associate the food i happened to be eating at the time the bug was shown with the image for years in some cases. There are food that were my favorites from infancy i will not eat because of this. I'm in my mid 30's and I have dentures because i could never brush my teeth, sticking that brush in my mouth was just to much. Luckily dating hasn't been affected, i have 2 daughters and an ex-wife, currently a fiance who over the last 4 years has learned to efficiently pick on me due these issues, but i can't throw her back she's paid for. LOL! But try and imagine not being able to touch pantyhose or most fabrics women's clothes are made from, and having a severe headache from perfume, that would be a hard date now wouldn't it? My biggest problem is seeing someone chew on their sleeve. I have episodes daily where i think about chewing on a brand new sock. And that is an unbearable thought. If you suffer from these issues and avoiding coming in contact with them makes your life tolerable, feel lucky i can avoid touching things, but i cannot avoid my own mind.

Sep 16, 2013
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Trypophobia
by: Zoe

To the person who doesn't like holes or clusters, you suffer from trypophobia. Whatever you do, DO NOT type it into google as it brings images up, get someone to do it for you. I suffer terrible with this. It's hereditary which is strange. My dad, uncles and daughter all suffer with it. It's hard to explain how it makes you feel when you see unusual clusters or holes, I feel uneasy even writing this. It makes you feel sick and like you want to rip your skin off.
You are not alone.

Aug 26, 2013
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Some mixed food textures are just wrong on my tongue
by: Anonymous

I love nuts and ice cream but not together. Ice cream should not be crunchy. or have any kind of chunks of soggy fruit aghhhh. If the breakfast syrup touches my meat that's it! wet bread? NO. I love raisins and chocolate. But I won't eat chocolate covered raisins, or chocolate with nuts or crispies. Chocolate should be smooth and creamy, and free of foreign objects. Rice with pepper makes me think of maggots looking at me and it makes me gag. Jello with things in it? I think not my tongue does not like the way it feels. It should be just "jello-ee. I cannot stand when anything is mixed with my mashed potatoes like corn or peas. My tongue likes them soft and creamy. I usually eat on a divided plate when I can.

Aug 22, 2013
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Can't stand holes
by: Anonymous

My problem is I can't see anything that has holes in it! Recently friends kept posting pic of a breast that had cancer and it was filled with holes the image stood in my mind I can't sleep if I think of it I feel itchy and want to punch something! At work there was this jelly bean machine and when it was hot they would get stuck in bunches making holes in between, I had to close my eyes and kick the machine .... I need help to over come this I can't stand it anymore~ foryearswiththis~

Aug 07, 2013
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texture issues
by: Anonymous

It helps to know that I'm not alone. I have a long list of foods that I won't eat and things I won'touch or wear. Wet things, like sponges or wrags. Overly dry things, like dust or chalk. Chewey things like gummies or mushrooms. Rough things like carpet and yarn. It is getting rediculous. I need help. I'm goad to know that I am not being rediculous, there is something actually wrong.

May 17, 2013
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TO Anonymous
by: Anonymous

I feel your pain :( I hate being like this but I guess we are all used to it.

May 17, 2013
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Rough things
by: Anonymous

I'm 21(not great at spelling so bare with me) and never really put much thought into it until yesterday my mom brought It up and told me about this. But what I can't stand to touch is rough things. Like the feeling when my nails touching concrete, or pavement sends chills down my spine and makes me feel really weak even if I walk bare foot on it. and the feel of sandpaper and porcelain And I absolutely can not handle the feel of rocks. when I'm gardening and the metal shovel scrapes a rock in the ground, even the sound of it totally freaks me out! I don't like feel of dirt. Or bed sheets on my feet. I haven't figured out which fabric it is yet so I have a hard time shopping. And the texture of crunchy food on my teeth. I smash my croutons to powder before eating them. There's lots more but can't think of them at the moment. Oh and my father is this way about cotton and fleece.

Apr 04, 2013
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OMG
by: Rebecca

I can't believe I found this site. I was typing in Google something about how if I have mashed potatoes too long in my mouth I will feel gaggy, same as bananas or anything super mushy like that. I also have very sensitive hearing issues. Can't stand when people slurp food, or the one that makes me almost physically ill is when someone is scraping food out of a stainless steel pot with a fork, or they constantly scratch their plate with their fork as they're eating. That hurts my ears so bad and I get these horrible shivers. My husband never does the plate thing thankfully, and now he knows about the fork tine thing in a pot he now uses a wooden spoon.
better.

Another one for me is the feeling of my hair being wet on the back of my neck....hate it! Certain fabrics too will bother me, mostly micro-fibre stuff. Does anyone know what causes this? I'm also sensitive to people yelling/screaming.

Feb 09, 2013
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Towels... ugg!
by: Torrie

When my skin it wet or the bath towel is, I can't look at or touch a towel without getting shivers down my back, goose bumps, and a mental picture of a towel grinding between my teeth! What's worse is my finger nails. If the towel is wet OR dry, i my finger nails run against it, same results. My parents think its ridiculous and they make fun of me!

Feb 09, 2013
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Fabric Cringe shivers, and goose bumps with every thought
by: geraldgossett@gmail.com

I have the same soggy bread issue, but the worst for me is a new sheet fabric. Or some coats are made outta this fabric that makes me feel jolts of coldness run down my arms/legs. Pushing up goose bumps. I think its a wrong association of cold to this fabric feeling. Deep seated in my subcontinents from my youth. Like 5 months old young, or even per-birth. I cant help thinking about the texture over an over again, once it starts. It has to be an O.C.D. trait.

Jan 31, 2013
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Issues with textures
by: Anonymous

Ok so when I touch cotton balls, knitted blankets or anything I don't like the feeling of I get the shivers. It's more severe than that though I get uncomfortable in my own skin where I can't sit still. Esipcally when sounds remind of the textures like when someone is handling cardboard. It's really bad. When I think or talk about this problem or these textures I can't VERY uncomfortable.

Jan 17, 2013
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my family makes fun of me, i thought i was the only one.
by: Anonymous

I can't stand bed sheets, i have to have soft and fluffy ones. I hate winter coats, those just.. The feeling and sound makes me cringe, sending goosebumps and chills down my back.

I cant stand loud eaters, the sound and everything makes me want to punch them in the face.

The sound of my dogs drinking water from the bowl makes me want to run into my room.

I get really stressed and aggravated if i wear jeans. It feels like someone is squeezing me to death.

I can go on and on but really, i'm glad i found this to know i'm not alone.

Dec 13, 2012
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Soft things
by: Anonymous

I have difficulties touching really soft items like the fuzzy side of some really soft throws/blankets. Or the lining of some jackets. Or super soft sweaters. But not all soft things bother me and that's where the problem lies. I never know when I'm going to touch the wrong item that sends electric-like feelings through my fingers and hands. This is especially frustrating when looking through racks of clothing in a department store. I try to watch out for things, but since I am able to touch some fleece type items, I'll eventually let my guard down and then I'll get surprised with it. After it happens, I have to walk around rubbing my hands together or on my jeans to make the feeling go away. Also, squeezing my hands into really tight fists will make it subside after a while. If I've had a recent encounter with the wrong fabric, then even thinking about it later can trigger these unpleasant sensations. The worst is the fake "sherpa" stuff that is so soft it actually feels greasy to me. For years I thought I was the only person that had weird sensory type issues like this; it's a relief to see I'm not.

Nov 19, 2012
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Noise and Ewww
by: Anonymous

My dad cleans his teeth after EVERY SINGLE THING he eats. I kid you not, if he has a pea, he will make a disgusting swishing noise like someone swallowing really loud or mouthwash being moved around inside someone's mouth. It's literally the worst sound I've ever heard. Maybe it's just that I've heard it so many times that I'm going crazy? But unfortunately it is not only that but also ANY kind of thing to do with foam. Texture, sound- gives me goosebumbs and a chill up my back. People scratching their heads, sniffling (or snorting really loudly), chewing, even talking really loud... I will cringe and try to get away. Is there something wrong with me?

Oct 23, 2012
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I feel it
by: Awesome

I feel things like that. When I run against something fluffy my throat gets all wierd. I can't explain it.

Oct 09, 2012
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Someone else has these issues too??
by: Katie

Wow, i never really knew that a lot of other people had issues with certain textures, sounds, etc. I have lots of peculiarities. I have issues with the sounds of people eating. My dad does this gurgling snore type thing and it makes me shiver. Oh my goodness i hate that sound. I hate the sounds of choking coughs (i guess it has something to do with the fact that i'm freaked out about the idea of choking/suffocating to death) and puking noises. I'm very particular about food and there are only a certain small number of things that i will eat. I just generally hate mouth noises i guess (sleeping ones, eating ones, coughing ones, etc.) I don't know about hate for the coughing type ones, it just makes me really uncomfortable because of the choking aversion I have. I don't like the clicking and scratching noises of something picking their nails or scratching their skin. I don't like the feel of floor debris on my feet (like dust, particles, bits of things, etc.), so i brush them off a lot. OMG i reaaallllyyy don't like the crunching noise when you crush a bug. I could go on probably, but i'll stop there.

Aug 21, 2012
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me too.
by: Fussiest Eater in the world

The only vegetable that I can eat is potato.

I swear I have that "super-taster" thing where everything is way more bitter. I basically threw up and I was crying when I ate broccoli. I hate the texture of like foods with chunks in it. I kind of just don't like foods that have unexpected things. Like stuff that has random crunchy bits or chewy bits and you don't know when you're going to bite it and what it will fill like. Like lasagne, soup, Mexican food, salad etc. I basically only eat really unhealthy and extremely processed food :( I want to eat healthy but I gag and get watery eyes and feel sick when I try new foods.

For the touch texture, I hate when the bit near where my skin and nail joins touches paper. When I nearly slip over, like even if I'm expecting it (for example running and sliding in my socks) my feet get this really strong kind of tingly feeling, not ticklish or anything but its hard to explain. I also really really hate doing the dishes because the dishwater makes me gag. There is all different soggy food, and oil and detergent and yucky stuff mixed together.

For the hearing. If one of my headphones is a little bit broken (so it's slightly more quiet) my eardrums feel weird. It's like kind of tingly as well as if they are trying to adjust. I hate the noise when people scratch cutlery on their plate. I hate the noise of people eating toast or cereal and probably a few other foods.

Aug 18, 2012
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dry stuff gives me cotton mouth and chills!
by: ClassyMe

Mostly it happens when someone rubs their feet together wearing sock! Omg its the worst thing, it makes me get chills and my mouth gets all dry. It just happend again, I was cutting some bread on a really dry wood cutting board. Gave me chills and made my mouth all dry! Yuck, just thinking about it gives me chills! Also like if I eat an orange and happen to slide my teeth together sideways, it gives me chills. Wooden posicle sticks too...yuck! Oh and those little wooden spoons that come with the ice cream cups! Horror!! Lol

Jul 05, 2012
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I need this to stop!!!!!
by: Amy

I cant touch tissues with out getting shivers and weird tingles in my fingers lol! It sucks! Im at the point where i cant think about dry towels and cotton without shivering!!

I need a cure lol

Jun 11, 2012
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Dry bed linen after a hot shower or doing dishes
by: Anonymous

Yesss I can't stand having to touch clean bed sheets the sound makes me wanna cover my ears and the feeling on my fingers is just dry and bleh!
Especially if my fingers have just been dried out by doing dishes r having a hot shower.
I also can't stand a fart sort of sound. Like if you were to tightly curve your lips towards your gums and blow to make a humming fart sound?
Also cold sausage or banana sometimes tickle my throat when I eat them.

May 17, 2012
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Foam disorder
by: Anonymous

Ever since I was a little kid I have not been able to touch foam. It gives me chills and makes me extremely uncomfortable. Velvet and micro fiber are also extremely uncomfortable, but not near as bad as foam. Are there any medications available or any help for this problem. I am entering a new line of work where I will be working with foam everyday it is an incredible financial opportunity that i cant afford to pass up. Please help.

May 01, 2012
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Wow I didn't know anyone else out there was like me!!!
by: Katie

Ever since I was little I can't eat anything soft yougert or bannanas and the like make me gag. It sucks now because I'm going vegitarian and I like the flavor of tofu but just can't eat it. Other odd things is I have to wear gloves when I wash the dishes because if I touch soggy food I get all creeped out. As for sound metal on glass sends chills down my spine.

Jan 31, 2012
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I have the exact same problem
by: Anonymous

Ever since I was a kid, my fingernails and fingertips have always had this problem. This problem doesn't bother me very much anymore because I don't clip my fingernails too short. It has mostly been my fingertips that have been bothering me, and the only textures that I love are rubber, metal, plastic, and leather. Leather is best :3 !

If you are having the same problem with your fingertips, I advise that you let your fingernails grow out a centimeter or two. My fingernails scrape the horizon of my fingertips whenever I check. Don't let your fingernails grow out too far though, you'll get hangnails, and my fingers usually tend to feel uncomfortable whenever I let my fingernails grow out too far.

Does anyone else have this problem also with their skin and not just their fingertips? 'cuz I've always had this with all of my skin: legs, arms, wrists, hands, fingers, neck, face, ears, and feet.

Dec 06, 2011
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by: Charlie

my food phobias started when I was 2. I'm now 19 and I'm only slightly better.
Are any of you getting better, if so, how?

Dec 05, 2011
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texture issue
by: Anonymous

omg me 2! its just in my mouth. pudding, jello,yogurt, even melted ice cream and pancakes make me gag! that puffy gooy feeling is so gross to me.

Oct 05, 2011
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Peach fuzz and velvet
by: Anonymous

I have this serious aversion to peach fuzz or anything that feels velvety. It gives me chills all over my body to even think of peaches. The worst thing for me is to see someone eating an unpeeled peach. I must immediately cover my front teeth with my tongue or else they hurt. I love peeled peaches. The texture of the fruit does nothing to me, it's just the skin. Anyone else have that issue? However, now that I'm reading, I realize that I do have issues with other textures. I was that kid who always tore off their shoes if the seam on the socks were out of line. I hate itchy fabrics or tight cotton clothing.

Also, I don't like to see my foods mixed on a plate. It bugged the heck out of me when my mom would serve me a meal as a kid b/c she would slop the food on the plate and everything would get mixed together. Major no-no in my book. I like to eat one thing at a time & don't like my foods to touch. I hate to see people mix up their foods, looks like dog food. And I really, really hate to see people take a bite of food then immediately take a big sip of their drink and swish everything together before swallowing. Disgusting! Anyhow, I'm a weirdo! Glad there are others like me! :)

Sep 14, 2011
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Omg
by: Anonymous

I found this site after my boyfriend asked why I freak out so much when he touches/scratches the blankets in our bed. I thought it was getting better for the longest time, I could control making a fist and getting angry but it happened again tonight I have been like this all my life. When I was a kid I would sleep in an inside out sleeping bag because that WA Athens only texture that did no bother me. Now I sleep with my feet on the cold wall. Is there any treatment for this? I really can't be freaking out anyone scratches their jeans or when I make my bed. Help!

Aug 23, 2011
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I thought I was crazy.
by: Nikole Wisnicky

Thank you for sharing. Here I was, thinking I was alone with this.

I have most of my problems with fabrics and especially after a shower. Towels, blankets, bed sheets, shirts, pants, unclothing, socks. Basically anything that isn't metal or plastic makes me cringe.

Seeing commercials where someone wipes their hand across a bed sheet makes me sick!
So do many other things like turning pages in a book... Thank god I'm not alone in this..

Aug 22, 2011
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Me too!!
by: Anonymous

I have a terrible texture issue too!! I cant touch towels if there dry, i cant touch wood, and i cant touch tissues. I hate it! My boyfriend thinks its funny, he'll grab a towel outta the dryer and chase me with it =/

Aug 18, 2011
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This sounds so much like me!
by: Anonymous

This sounds so much like me! Soggy bread is definitely out! I hate soggy things- bread, crackers, etc. The only type of toast that I like is Italian toast because real Italian toast doesn't get soggy when you put butter on it.
I hate foods with mixed textures. Shepherd's pie comes immediately to mind with the corn mixed in with the mashed potatoes! Ugh! It takes me forever to eat it because I pick out all the corn and try to get the potatoes off of each kernel before I will eat it. I also can't stand "mealy" textures like most beans and watermelons that are too ripe.

But there are some foods that are my favorites because of their texture- I love the chewiness of most Asian noodles, especially those Korean rice cake things.

As for touch, I don't like light touch, but I love to touch things. I want to know the texture and feel of things... Unless it's slimy and squishy.

I have one auditory thing- the sound of fuzz being pulled off if fabric gives me this brief sick feeling in my stomach and makes my teeth tingle. I feel it just thinking about the sound.

May 28, 2011
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me too...
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the texture of some foods! Pasta is the main one. I can eat spaghetti or mac n cheese, but cut it into small pieces then usually swallow it whole. Today I made ham salad to eat over the holiday weekend and can barely choke it down. Is there such a thing as "covers" you can put over your teeth to mask the consistency? Taste isn't the issue, its the texture.

Apr 13, 2011
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Me too!
by: Anonymous

Really soggy bread is bad, but stewed tomatoes are the worst food in the world! How do you feel about nail files? It is odd to have someone else describe such similar issues to mine. I'm pretty open about my sensory issues, esp around texture, which interestingly allows others in my life to be quite open about theirs and you would be amazed how common sensory stuff is in adults. Just most of us are embarrassed or something and don't talk about it.

I decided a long time ago that this is part of who I am, it actually helps me be more understanding in my job (I work with adults with intellectual disabilities who may not have the verbal skills to explain why they won't do something)and once I stopped relating to my issues as something that was wrong with me I was immediately much happier. I think as adults we often put so much stress on ourselves because as children we were interpreted as just being difficult, lived through massive power struggles with authority figures, and heard a lot of you"ll grow out of it. But we didn't. I decided to quit trying to grow out of it and embrace it. I don't eat the things that don't feel/taste good, I don't touch things that make my skin crawl, I don't wear clothes that make me uncomfortable and I still cut out my tags in spite of the fact that I am 34 years old.

Since I gave myself permission to be as I am, I have had less resistance and no anxiety about trying new foods (although I will remove anything I know for sure will be a problem), higher tolerance for noise and a greater commitment to shopping until I find clothes that feel good and look good. I've even learned to tolerate filing my nails. I hope that someday the world will be a more understanding place for anyone who continues to feel they are somehow wrong in their world.

Mar 29, 2011
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:)
by: Charlie

I'm so glad I've found people who have the same issue as me. I can't handle mushy food- like mushy peas, mashed potato, chips etc. I can't handle slimy food like baked beans, pasta, lasagna etc. It's so frustrating trying to explain it to people :)

Mar 22, 2011
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WOW...I thought I was the only one!
by: Anonymous

I was amazed at how much I can relate to everything you described about your food issues. I can't stand mixed textures at all. I like crunchy foods, but mushy, slimy, or gooey foods terrify me. I'll never forget when I was in a restaurant and my friends ordered spinach and artichoke dip. They begged me to try it and said "oh, just take one bite!" and I was trying to explain to them that they don't understand that I just CAN'T get myself to try it! I sat there with the chip covered in the gooey nasty dip and I just couldn't bring myself to eat it...the thought of it made me almost cry! It was so embarrassing.

Also, I hate touching "dry" fabrics. It's hard for me to fold my clothes after they get out of the dryer because it's such a weird feeling on my fingers. I have to rub my fingertips to stop the feeling.

Oct 08, 2010
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same for me
by: Abby

i have the same "issues" with the soggy bread, i can eat it and its fine unless i chew it for too long and then i notice its soggy and it makes me feel real sick. Also i can't eat sandwiches with anything in them that could make the bread soggy cause there is no way im eatin it even if its only a tiny bit thats soggy :( Also i can't stand mashed potatoes, there is no get over the feel in my mouth when i eat it, it is my least favourite food of all time, but the weird thing is i can eat boiled potatoes just fine and it will not bother me, its been a big thing in our house, and my dad is always tellin me that boiled and mash are both the exact same, but there not to me. i can't really mix textures in food like if im having something soft like pasta with a sauce on and i come to a piece of onion in it i have to spit it out cause its just... wrong i can have different texture but not at the same time in my mouth. its not just food texture though, cause i can't stand certain textures that i touch, like that velvet type feel or any kind of fur or soft feeling its especially horrible when i have wet skin ugh its makin me all uncomfortable just thinkin about it :(

Feb 27, 2010
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You feel that too?
by: Anonymous

That was so strange to read, that you feel it in your mouth as well when you touch a fabric or material that can only be described as 'dry'. I feel it in my teeth too, even when I'm touching it with another part of my body. I'm surprised to encounter this on typing in "problems with texture of cotton" on Google, lol- I really thought it might just be me. Have you found anything that makes it better or easier?

Nov 25, 2009
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SPD and disconfort
by: Anonymous

You describe the problems regarding food and clothing, i live THIS in my family. And only through this website we know that it is SPD. but not enough to understand why we do not live in USA but in Europe, and here is not know.so no hope for therapy to children of SPD.

Nov 24, 2009
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wet bread
by: Anonymous

I have exactly the same thing with wet bread so I rarely eat bread at all because it gets wet when you chew it. Sometimes I can eat certain brands as long as it's not too fresh and I don't think about it. The minute I think about it I gag and choke. So basically I avoid bread totally unless I get a craving (which I sometimes do, go figure).
I can't even look at someone eating a sandwich, the thought of all that soggy bread sloshing around their mouth.... I'm heaving a bit just talking about it. It makes lunch time difficult when everyone grabs a sandwich and sits around talking with their mouths full. I usually look somewhere else or go in another room till the bread's all been consumed.

I have a similar yet less severe thing with bananas. Some days I just can't hack the texture and if i get one of those stringy bits in my mouth I'm likely to throw up.

I'm a picky / faddy eater in general. I'll eat something all the time then suddenly I'll hate it and won't go near it for years. That always goes down well, when someone says 'I've made your favorite' with a huge grin and I say 'god I hate that stuff'.

Jan 22, 2009
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I relate!
by: Anonymous

HI, I hope you don't mind my saying but your post made me smile, yes even laugh- a relieving one! The wet hair thing- I never even considered that SPD. I have to have outfits (including bathrobes and sweatshirts over her clothing to protect her from being wet) all lined up for my daughter to change thru after her bath because her hair drips and she can't have even a spot of water on her clothing.

My daughter just was diagnosed and started OT and what you wrote fits her perfectly. My son was just the same only I never knew until now that there was an actual definition for it. Then tonight after freaking out over the noise noise noise (I'm always wishing I will go deaf that's how much I can't stand it), and looking up SPD, it dawned on me to look at the questions for myself.

I get a big yes on social and noise, clothing issues and stickiness (figures my daughter loves to be slimy and sticky and doesn't seem to notice when she's getting everything she touches sticky which freaks me out LOL).

It's really tough to deal with some days so it was great to read your post and recognize my life in it. I am still learning that different things that what we have endured for years is just another aspect of it. I guess sometimes all one can do is have a good laugh and take it another day at a time. Good luck!

Nov 20, 2008
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Interesting!
by: Anonymous

I was wondering if you were getting any OT for this and if not, are you planning to? Also, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you and were you always like this? My son has SPD and I'm wondering if he will ever grow out of it. Thanks for sharing!

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