Wearing hair ties on your wrist may make you more vulnerable to infection

Louisville Doctor Says Hair Tie Caused Infection on Woman's Wrist
Louisville Doctor Says Hair Tie Caused Infection on Woman's Wrist


Most ladies and even some men are guilty of wearing hairbands around their wrist for long periods of time. Whether you just took your hair out of a ponytail or you simply have it there as a "comfort thing" (it happens) -- you might keep your hairband there longer than planned by complete accident. It's just one of those normal, casual things we do without even thinking about it or noticing it.

But as the video above clearly shows, it can be seriously dangerous. As you can see, Louisville, Kentucky resident Audree Kopp, noticed a large and painful bump on her arm after she spent all day wearing a hairband on her wrist while moving into her new place. Naturally, as we all typically do, she didn't even think twice about having it on all day.

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Long story short, after seeing a Doctor, she found out that the hairband had rubbed against her skin long enough to cause an abrasion. This caused bacteria to form in her body which resulted in her needing surgery to correct the problem. Sounds scary, right?

Well, it turns out this terrifying occurrence isn't exactly completely out of the ordinary. Dr. William Seitz, Executive Director of the Cleveland Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital at Lutheran Hospital said that "to get an infection from a tight wrap from something like this is not unheard of."

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Adding to that, Dr. Lauren Ploch, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology says that people who wear wristwatches are more likely to have infections than those who do not. She claims that along with this concept, wearing tight items on your wrist can in fact create bacteria.

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If you do choose to wear hairbands on your wrists however, make sure to take precautions:

  • Loosen them up

  • Skip glitter bands

  • Don't wear it on your wrist all day

  • Wash your hands after removing them

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