Warning not to wear hair ties around your wrist after woman ended up in hospital.


Audree Kopp suffered a painful infection due to wearing a hair tie on her wrist. Doctors suspect that bacteria from a glittery hair tie got through her pores and hair follicles causing three types of infections.

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“I didn’t believe it at first,” she said. “I thought that it was a spider bite, or something else, not from wearing hair ties.”

Audree noticed a growing bump on her wrist that kept getting “bigger and redder and worse.”

“They said I needed surgery, and thank God I caught it in time, or I could have had sepsis,” she told WLKY.

Dr. Amit Gupta at Norton Healthcare warned “Be careful. I mean, you can’t put all these hair ties around the wrist particularly because it can cause problems to the skin, it can cause infection.”

Audree said she is lucky and had she not caught the infection early on it, “could have been a whole different ballgame.”

“Once it gets into your bloodstream, people have been known to go into a coma, your body shuts down and it could have been way worse.”


“I want to inform everyone to make sure no one else has to go thru this,” Kopp wrote in a Facebook post. “The GLITTER tie is the one that caused the issue.”

“Please share this, because I’m pretty sure about 90% of us females don’t think twice about keeping hair-ties on our wrists. (Obviously I won’t be doing it anymore.)”

One very lucky lady!

Share your thoughts below.

Image via WLKY TV
  • Wow.. this will make me think twice when I put them on my wrist as I have them there most of the time. Although not glitter ones.. plain black ties


  • Wow, can’t believe this. Maybe the hair tie was way to tight on her wrist and dirty!


  • This sounds a little odd… Was is too tight, dirty or was she wearing it for a really long time? I always wear a hair tie on my wrist and have done so for as long as I can remember – I haven’t had an issue.


  • Sounds a bit like the type of infection my youngest currently has. She has a traction Folliculitis caused by her hairstyle. I always did 2 wee buns on her head with a hair tie, which perfectly kept the headband of her hearing aid in place.


  • Didn’t know this could happen. I really only wear smooth ties on my wrists for years and never had a problem or heard of anyone having a problem till now. I think the odds of this happening would be quite small but still a good reminder not to have bands sitting there for extended periods of time.


  • Scary to think how easy it can happen to a lot of us


  • It sounds like she left it on her wrist for a few days.


  • So pleased I no longer wear hair ties.


  • If my hair is not up there will be a hair tie on my wrist. I even sleep with one on my wrist so once I wake up I throw my hair up….I won’t be doing that anymore


  • I usually wear one if I have my hair down, only for a few hours though


  • Lucky it was caught in time. I sometimes have mine around my wrist but I use the material ones.


  • I imagine this would be if you wore it for a longer period of time – like a day or two?


  • Most have probably put the hair ties on their wrists at some time. I know one lass who put them on the handle of her brush. It’s a much safer alternative.


  • Holy crap! I was thinking cutting off the circulation, not infection! I don’t really do this anymore, but I used to and I certainly absentmindedly do it as I’m doing my daughter’s hair for a couple minutes- I will definitely think twice now!


  • I too wondered if the glitter or hair tie was the problem. I am prone to putting my hair elastic around my wrist but will think twice about it now, cheers.


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