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Hair Tourniquet

more about Hair Tourniquet

  • A strand of hair, wrapped tightly around a protruding body part (i.e., finger, toe, penis) can impair the circulation of blood to that part.  This is especially likely to happen to infants.

  • Finger/penis/toe becomes swollen, painful, and possibly red, blue, cold.

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

  • A strand of hair is visible, wrapped around the involved area.

  • Infancy

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

  • Tissue damage or necrosis (tissue death)

  • Remove the encircling hair, if easily accomplished.  Otherwise, contact a physician urgently.

  • Raynaud's phenomenon

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