Why Wearing Hair Ties Around Your Wrist Can Kill You

Photo: Getty
Why Wearing Hair Ties Around Your Wrist Can Kill You
Health And Wellness

Is nothing safe anymore? How many times have you put a hair tie around your wrist because you knew you would need it later?

Many, many times. Putting a hair tie around your wrist is something you do without thinking, and certainly without thinking there will be any severe consequences.

But it turns out that wearing a hair tie around your wrist can be extremely dangerous to your health. 

RELATED: What Does Ariana Grande's Natural Hair Look Like? Watch This Video To Find Out!

According to a 2015 story that's gone viral, Audree Kopp had a red lump on her wrist that kept getting larger and larger.

Thinking it was a spider bite, she went to the doctor and he gave her some antibiotics.

RELATED: This Is How Often You Should Wash Your Hair, According To Science

But the lump kept growing and getting redder. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Walmart Finds (@walmartfinds) on

Finally, when the mass had gotten to the point of being hugely alarming, she decided to go to the emergency room.

"They said I needed surgery," Kopp told a Louisville news station WLKY. "Thank God I caught it in time or I could have sepsis."

RELATED: Men Find This Hair And Eye Color Combo The Sexiest, Says Study

Here's where it gets truly disgusting and stomach-turning. The surgery was fairly simple, as it basically involved cutting open the lump and letting the pus out.

"She had a large abscess on the back of her wrist, so I made an incision and drained the pus all the way down," said Dr. Amit Gupta at Norton Healthcare.

Gupta concluded that the abscess was because of a bacterial infection created from the glitter-covered hair ties that Kopp often wore.

The ties trapped bacteria which then got in through her pores.

Kopp wrote on her Facebook, "The glitter tie is the one that caused this issue. It rubbed a tiny scratch on my wrist, and the bacteria from the tie jumped in, causing a life-threatening bacterial infection."

Kopp added that if she hadn't caught the infection early on, there could've been catastrophic results. Needless to say, Kopp won't be wearing hair ties on her wrist any longer, at least not glittery ones.

Sign Up for the YourTango Newsletter

Let's make this a regular thing!

Christine Schoenwald is a love and entertainment writer. 
Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on December 1, 2015 and was updated with the latest information.