Hickeys seem innocent, but they have petrifying health side effects
Hickeys aren't just embarrassing - they can actually impact your health in a shocking way. Eep.
We've all had a hickey at some point in our lives - even if it was you and a friend joking around to see what it would look like - or maybe you just like to give/receive the dreaded "love bite".
What exactly is a hickey?
It's basically a bruise, caused from excessive sucking - and doctors are now putting it into the category of a "sex injury".
But hickeys aren't just ugly.
They also have some scary side effects which will make you jump next time you feel a human leech latch to your neck…
Here are a few scary facts you need to know. Let's start with the most severe:
1. Hickeys can cause strokes.
For real. In one case in 2011, a New Zealand woman suffered a stroke caused by a hickey. When her partner sucked too hard, it created a blood clot in her neck, which led to the stroke AND to the paralysis of her left arm.
2. Hickeys can leave scars
Depending on how fair your skin is, and the severity of the hickey, they can sometimes leave a scar - and it's more common than you think.
3. There's no cure for hickeys
There's no way of getting rid of hickeys, short of covering it with a huge bunch of concealer. BUT apparently the healthier you are, the quicker they heal. This includes being HYDRATED and eating well.
4. Hickeys can pass on the dreaded Herpes virus.
If your partner has herpes, and they give you a hickey while they've got an active cold sore, that contact with your skin is enough to give you the herpes virus.
5. Hickeys are bruises.
Bruises and hickeys are both caused by broken capillaries that surface after contact - the only difference is that bruises are caused by a hard hit, hickeys are caused by sucking.
So in short, hickeys suck.