Metal phobia

by chloe walsh
(england)

since i was about 7+ i wouldn't touch metal. i hate the smell of it, the feel of it and everything about it.




when i go to restaurants i always get something easy like chips which i can just pick up and eat, and try to avoid like bolognese's etc. Its effected my life in such a negative way, i use plastic cutlery, when i go to friends house i tend to take them with me, i cant hold my keys without feeling sick.(i usually cover the metal with me sleeve).

i cant hold money for long, the smell of it makes me physically sick, and when i touch it i think there's loads of germs on it etc. i also cant eat when my hands smell of it either:/ oh and i hate it so so sooooooooooo much when people put money or their necklaces in there mouth!!

its disgusting, plus i cant wear necklaces or rings because they make me feel sick and horrible. i hate it:( i just wanna be well, normal:/



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Aug 23, 2019
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Finally I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

My god, this is so relieving that it isn't just me. For me it's most metals like copper, nickel, silver, gold (ugh especially gold! Even spelling it out bleh), basically everything coins are made of. I can't hold change without feeling like it has contaminated my hands with its awful smell, I avoid metal doornobs or cabinet handles, detailed metal silverware, jewelery, metal zippers, rusted metal, all that. Plastic versions of all that are totally fine. Also, a select few metals are fine for me, like stainless steel or painted metal. Generally metals that aren't shiny or corrosive are ok. If I ever do have to touch the "bad" metals, I have to wash my hands as soon as possible to remove the grossness and odor from my hands. Oh and the sound of rattling or jingling metal... I can't. I hate it.

May 23, 2019
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Something's Up
by: T

Wow I knew I have reactions but never knew anyone to talk about it. The smell of cooper and metal flatware. I always knew washing the flatware was the toughest of dishes. Have to build up the nerve to wash them. Then I realized I like to eat with a smooth nice plastic forks and I just bought ceramic soup spoons.

Do cultures who use ceramic and wood know something we don't? I think I will like the ceramic spoons. I have sounds trouble too. Especially metal on metal makes my head snap left then right a replay from an car accident. I scream if I drop a metal pot onto the metal sink. I really think there many be an illness causing the not liking of metal. Allergy?

I don't like metal clicking my teeth. I wore braces five years and maybe made the taste and situation worse. I don't want it to ruin the taste of food. I bake in a corning ware and I wondered why is it easier to scrub this than wash the flatware. Maybe an electric charge
or too many people used it , scratches, pitting bent , wear. Don't feel bad there is something going on here. Positive ions ? Maybe it takes energy from you somehow. Like you are the battery. Something to this.

Someone figure this out for us????

May 18, 2019
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I hate it
by: Anonymous

Even the word metal grosses me out. I've always been like this, teased about it my whole life and never knew why it bothered me so much. I cant even look at certain things without thinking about it in my mouth or touching me. This includes money (ESPECIALLY PENNIES ugh) jewelry, keys/key chains, buttons, anything with screws on it (cant sit on certain chairs) the metal on jeans pockets/ zippers/ buttons (first thing i check for when shopping or talking to someone with them, i dont want them touching me or sitting on my bed/ car/ or sit where theyve been sitting in case the metal touched it)... the list goes on and on. Its horrible because it feels like its only gotten worse over time. Silverware, buckles, any rivets on anything... its the worst. I wish there was a cure, but the thought of living any other way just grosses me out. :(

May 18, 2019
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relating
by: Anonymous

i relate heavily, coins and jewelry are the worst for me (to where just typing the words gives me phantom smells and is painful and gross). i can only use certain types of metal forks, spoons, and knives, usually the plain ones with no design. if somebody touched coins i cannot go near them without actually becoming sick. i hate it so much because most of these are everyday things and it gets to the point of where my life is impacted terribly because of it

Apr 19, 2019
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Any Medical reason or medical name for this disease
by: Indian

I have the same problem.
I want to know any medical or biological reason for this disease. or medical name of this disease.
I dont know how i am going to get married with gold wearings. I want to tell my parents and friends about this problem ?

Anybody answer pls?

Feb 02, 2019
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Wooden Flatware
by: LFB

I am so excited! I just ordered a travel set of wooden flatware, reusable and beautiful. I plan on ordering a larger set of knives, forks , and spoons for the house. I really am so very excited about this. The scraping of silverware is actually painful and the taste of some metals is terrible. Door knobs smell, money smells. Believe it or not, I don't have a problem with cast iron...go figure. Aluminum is beyond horrible and cleaning it nearly makes me collapse.

Nov 27, 2018
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I Loath metallic smells
by: Noah

I am so happy that I’m not the only one. My whole life I’ve had it and can’t figure out why. But it’s not every metal for me. It’s more of copper, coins or older metal. I can’t open doors without using my shirt. I can’t touch keys at all if I do I have to use my shirt.

I can’t for the life of me touch coins at all. When they hand change back I make sure they put it on the bill then I dump it out when no ones looking. I can only use certain silverware. For some reason the ones with the most designs disgust me.

I loath all piercings and jewelry. It’s bad it’s to the point where if a 10/10 chick was talking to me but had a whole bunch of jewelry I honestly would lose all attraction.nobody really knows about it because I know it’s completely dumb but I can’t help it.

I can’t do metal zippers either. Also for some reason the smell of iron makes me fell sick

Jul 04, 2018
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I hate metal
by: Anonymous

Hi. So I want to start by saying that I thought that I was the only one who experienced this and that I'm glad that I'm not alone. I personally am ok with touching like polished metal (like silverware, jewelry, etc) but when it comes to coins, metal chains on swing sets, door knobs, keys, etc. I will freak out if I have to touch them. If there is a situation where I have to unlock something with a key or where I have to open a door with a metal handle, I will either try and touch it with my sleeve covering my hand or I will wash my hands thoroughly immediately after I am done. Thinking about metal rubbing to together, smelling it, tasting it, touching it, repulses me. I honestly don't know why and my mom and her boyfriend think that I'm crazy and I'm making it up for attention. Ugh. Honestly, metal freaking sucks and I hate it. I wish that one of my friends or family members understood how I feel so then I wouldn't be entirely alone and so then I could actually talk face to face with someone about my issue without getting eye rolls.

Jun 06, 2018
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Not alone🖤
by: Anonymous

Me and my best friend are the same. We can’t touch coins. Although, she is okay with silver wear where I am not. I only use plastic cutlery and when I have to have change I tend to leave it on the counter if they don’t have a tip jar or hand it off to a friend. If someone pays for something for me with my money(which happens quite often because I have severe social anxiety) and they go to hand me back my change I can not take it. Thankfully, it’s not ALL metal for me usually. I can touch my keys for a short amount of time and I have a stainless steel bracelet that doesn’t bother me whatsoever.

Mar 04, 2018
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You're not alone
by: Isabelle

Me and my friend also has the same phobia. We bonded over this and it has affected our whole lives. It's so nice to see that we're not alone in this.

Nov 10, 2014
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I'm the same!
by: Shauna N (England)

You have literally just described my life. So glad I'm not the only one!

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