A woman who is terrified by peas will undergo hypnotherapy and acupuncture on a television show in order to treat her phobia.

Louise Arnold, 35, is so scared of the small green vegetables that seeing them on her plate has caused her to run out of restaurants.

In a last ditch attempt to treat her legume-based fear, the mother-of-one from Bishops Cleeve, near Cheltenham, is set to appear on ITV show Scared To Death - Phobia Britain.

She has banned the fresh and frozen variety from her home and seldom eats out in case peas unexpectedly feature on the menu.

She claims that she goes green at the sight of peas in magazines or on the television and also avoids the frozen food aisle while out shopping as her greatest fear is coming across a bag of frozen peas.

She will receive expert help to deal with her pea phobia when she appears on the ITV programme later this year.

Experts will try to discover the cause of her five-year-old phobia and help her to find a cure for the problem.

Mrs Arnold said: "I've got to stop this because I can't bear to be in the same room as peas.

"There have been occasions where I've been out for a meal and asked the waiter for no peas and had to rush out of the restaurant when they forget.

"I can't even go to my local pub because they serve peas on the menu. I'd love to lead a normal life and be able to go into the Royal Oak and have a drink.

"I don't understand it because I used to eat frozen peas at home when I was younger."