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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hair tourniquet?

A hair tourniquet occurs when a strand of hair wraps around a body part and cuts off circulation. Hair tourniquets can damage the nerves, skin tissue, and function of that body part.

Symptoms of hair tourniquet

  • Fingers and/or toes have hair or thread wrapped tightly around them

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Toe swelling

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hair tourniquet

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hair tourniquet

  • Do you have hair or thread wrapped tightly around your fingers and/or toes?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have swollen toes?

Treatment for hair tourniquet

The main treatment is to remove a hair tourniquet by dissolving, unwrapping or cutting the hair. The type of hair tourniquet removal method will depend on the severity of the condition.

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