Here's Why You Should Never Wear a Hair Tie Around Your Wrist

Warning: This video is graphic.

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Oh delightful, here's another beauty-related horror story to make you rethink your life (opens in new tab): Turns out the hair ties you unthinkingly keep on your wrist could literally endanger your life. Fun!

WGAL reports (opens in new tab) that a woman who put a hair tie around her wrist—you know, like you do every day of your life—got a life-threatening infection because of it. Audree Kopp was in the midst of moving to a new home when she noticed a bump growing on her wrist. She originally assumed it was a spider bite, but it wouldn't subside.

"It just kept getting bigger, and redder, and worse," she says.

She went to her doctor and was immediately put on a round of antibiotics, but the bump continued to grow. She went back and she was put into surgery to remove what had become a large abscess on the back of her wrist. 

Her doctor, Dr. Amit Gupta of Louisville, Kentucky's Norton Healthcare, believes the infection was caused by bacteria from Audree's hair tie getting under her skin—but through pores and hair follicles. So not, like, an open wound on her wrist that her hair tie then infected. But just normal skin. And a normal hair tie. Creeped out yet?

Thankfully, Audree's case was caught in time. "It could have been a whole different ball game," she says. "Once it gets into your bloodstream, people have been known to go into a coma, your body shuts down. It could have been worse."

CBS Local (opens in new tab) says doctors advise that hair ties should be worn loosely around wrists, if at all, and removed and cleaned often. 

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Laura Beck
Laura Beck

I write on Fox’s THE GREAT NORTH. Before that, I wrote and edited for Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab) magazine and the Jezebel (opens in new tab) blog. My writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, VICE, Marie Claire, McSweeney’s, California Sunday, BUST, Elle, Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Weekly, Eater, Fast Company, Mic, Atlas Obscura, and more. I co-host/co-produce a comedy/storytelling (opens in new tab) show on the first Friday of every month at Stories in LA. I have a degree in Film and TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.