According to a report by WGAL, a Kentucky woman named Audree Kopp had a very scary experience linked back to her hair tie. Audree was in the middle of moving when she noticed that the red bump on her wrist was getting larger, despite her antibiotic regime that was prescribed by her doctor. According to her doctor, Amit Gupta, the infection was caused by - you guessed it - her hair tie.
Dr. Gupta believes that bacteria got trapped underneath the tie, which led to an infection that caused the massive swelling. While this is very rare, it's definitely a possibility, especially considering that most hair ties fit pretty snugly around most wrists. If you're currently wearing a hair tie, take it off, and see if it leaves a red mark on your skin. If so, it's a surefire sign that it's way too tight and should be stashed elsewhere.Hair ties are definitely the best way to change up your look in a pinch, but an icky infection is so not worth it. Next time you go out, try stashing your hair tie in your pocket or your purse - it may save you a whole lotta pain down the road.