Wearing A Hairband On Your Wrist? You May Be More Susceptible To Infection

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By Lindsay Sibson

If it’s not bobby bins, then it’s SURELY hair ties.

What I am talking about is the most common object that magically disappears (seriously… where do they all go?).

To keep these pesky escape artists under control, I often throw one on my wrist bracelet-style.

That is… until I heard about Audree Kopp’s scary experience, who would frequently wear a glittery hairband on her wrist.

While moving into her new place in Louisville, Kentucky, Audree didn’t think twice about the hairband snuggly wrapped around her wrist – until she noticed a painful bump forming on her arm!

It turned out that the rough edges of the hair band had caused a large abrasion to form due to it rubbing against her skin.

It was just a simple cut, RIGHT?

WRONG!

The open wound allowed bacteria to seep into her body, causing an infection that required antibiotics. However, the story doesn’t stop there. The antibiotics didn’t work! Audree ended up taking a trip to the emergency room where doctors needed to perform surgery on the abscess to drain the fluid.

“To get an infection from a tight wrap from something like this is not unheard of,” stated  Dr. William Seitz, executive Director of Cleveland Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital (Note: He did not treat Audree). He continues by saying,”There was an abscess that took form beneath the skin and festered into what you might call a boil. Somehow the bacteria had to get in there… based on some abrasion.”

Hair bands aren’t the only adornment that can cause infection. Wristwatches have also been known to be culprits too. Dr. Lauren Ploch from the American Academy of Dermatology explains:

“Given that items worn on the wrist can harbor bacteria, there may be a higher chance of infection if the skin below the item were to become compromised.”

No need to ditch your hairbands just yet. Follow these hairband safety tips from Dr. Seitz and Dr. Ploch:

  • Loosen Up: Your hands and fingers can “fall asleep” when something compresses your skin and restricts your blood flow. Anything too tight can also lead to a breakdown of your skin. Stay safe by making sure any items on your wrist aren’t clinging too tightly to your skin.

  • Remember: If you can’t stick a finger under it, you should probably take it off!

  • Skip The Glitter: Glitter rubs against your skin and can cause tiny cuts, which increases the likelihood of skin bacteria – which is usually harmless – to creep into your body and cause infection.

    • Take It OFF: Give yourself a break! Wearing anything on your wrist for too long not only restricts your blood flow, but also traps bacteria under it. To be safe, don’t sleep with it on and don’t leave it on ALL day.

  • Remember: For better blood flow and to keep your skin cleaner, just take it off.

  • Clean Up: Prevent bacteria from flourishing by making sure to wash UNDER the hairband any time you wash your hands. This action protects the skin from abrasions that could cause infection.

  • Change It Up: Hairbands collect bacteria and dirt the more you wear them. Just like you change your socks and underwear daily, don’t forget to wash and change your hairbands.

Know someone constantly wearing a hairband around their wrist? Don’t forget to SHARE these safety tip with them now!

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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