While Brazilian waxes are often painful, one Australian woman’s trip to the salon nearly turned deadly. The 20-year-old woman written about in the Oxford Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases decided to get her pubic hair waxed off for reasons undocumented in the article – perhaps, like many women, she wanted to feel clean and sexy or she may have done it at a boyfriend’s request – but when it was all said and done she was feeling lucky to be alive!
Pubic Hair Removal Gone Wrong
Her waxing hadn’t been a terribly pleasant experience. It was done by a trainee esthetician, who had done such a poor job that her client was bleeding and in a lot of pain when she was done. Two weeks after her Brazilian wax, the woman came to the emergency room in Melbourne, Australia in even worse shape. Besides looking “very unwell” with a red rash on her neck & chest, she had a high fever, low blood pressure, and an elevated heart rate. While that is bad enough to begin with, downstairs things were even worse. She had excruciating pain around her vulva, including severe pain while peeing. When the doctors took a look they found that her genitals were extremely swollen, with cellulitis all over the area where she had been waxed. And to add insult to injury, she was having a discharge of pus from her vagina along with fluid seeping from her inflamed vulva. Yuck!
After running a whole battery of tests the doctors found that she had acquired a strep bacterial infection from the waxing, which was made worse by an existing herpes infection. Upon finding the strep and suspecting a possible staph infection, she was given several different antibiotics and other drugs to combat the infection and bring down her fever. Even then, it took 5 days before her fever came down, and 10 days before they released her from the hospital. This poor girl was out of work for three whole weeks due to her infection!
Is Shaving Safer?
Her case was certainly not typical (she was diabetic and didn’t take care of her blood sugar properly, which made her more susceptible to infection), it is illustrative of the dangers of improper pubic hair removal. You might think shaving your pubic area would be less dangerous, but six months later the same woman wound up in the hospital again with a flareup of herpes and cellulitis after shaving herself. And she didn’t plan to quit removing her pubic hair even after her 2nd trip to the hospital with a pube-related injury! I’m not sure if that is dedication or madness. Whatever her case, be careful if you decide to embark on your own pubic depilatory adventure and stay out of the hospital!
Some injuries are no one’s fault. If you go jogging and sprain your ankle, or trip over your own shoelaces while walking the dog, you may be hurt and embarrassed, but you can’t blame anyone but yourself. However, many types of injuries are caused by the bad actions, negligence, or incompetence of another person. For example, a store that leaves an extension cord laying across the floor for you to trip over, a vicious dog that is allowed to run loose and attack you, or even a lady who rear-ends you while putting on her makeup are all examples of at-fault injuries where you may seek legal recourse if they refuse to pay for your medical bills. In these cases, what can you do? You need to pay your bills, but if you are injured you are likely to be unable to work at full capacity, making personal injury recovery even harder.
You should seek out the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you through this trying time. An attorney who specializes in tort law will know the best way to get you the money you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for your pain and suffering. Personal injury attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal system, and they can take the financial burden off your back while you focus on healing. And most of them won’t cost you a thing up front – many lawyers working personal injury cases only get paid if you win, and they very often win enough that you will get more by hiring them than by accepting any initial settlement offered by an insurance company or the injuring party. You really have nothing to lose by consulting a personal injury attorney about your case. Even though some insurance companies will threaten to withdraw any settlement offer if you hire an attorney, it is always worth your time to speak with an experienced litigator to make sure you’re getting a fair offer.
If you have been injured, properly recovering your health is of paramount importance. Here are some pointers on how to recover from various types of injuries.
For a sprained, twisted, or hyper-extended joint or muscle, the trusted acronym of RICE should be applied.
- Rest: use the injured body part as little as possible
- Ice: keep an ice pack on the injured area, but with a towel between the ice and your skin to prevent frostbite
- Compression: wrap the injury in something like an Ace bandage to keep pressure on it when you’re not icing it, and especially if you need to use limb in question (e.g. walking on a twisted ankle)
- Elevation: keep the injured limb elevated when possible – prop your leg on an Ottoman or chair, or keep your arm propped up above the level of your heart
For a fractured bone, get it set in a cast if possible and minimize movement of the broken area.
These tips should help you recover from basic injuries like sprains and breaks.