Hair Tourniquet

August 14 20:55 2019 Print This Article

Hair tourniquet is a medical condition where in a hair or other thread becomes tied around a toe or finger tightly, so as to put the digit at risk of damage. It can be more than a nuisance occasionally, those shed hairs can get wrapped around baby’s toes, creating a “tourniquet” that cuts off the circulation. The condition is not very common, and the exact incidence is not known.

The condition, referred to as toe tourniquet syndrome, occurs when a loose hair or thread becomes so tightly wrapped around a baby’s toes that pain, swelling and discoloration occur. It can occur from 1 to 15 months of age but usually occurs at an age when their mothers’ post delivery hair loss is at its peak around four months old. The only symptom is fussiness and one of the toes are swollen, purple and tender to the touch. Look for a fine line indention and blue or red toe past it.

Causes of Hair Tourniquet

Find common causes and risk factors of Hair Tourniquet:

  • Random curling of a fine strand of hair, caught on the skin.

Treatment for Hair Tourniquet

Treatment may include:

  • Removal of the encircling hair, often requiring a fine, tapered instrument.
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