'Avocado Hand' Is A New Horrifying Injury Trend That's Affecting Loads Of People

Is it just me who thinks that avocados came out of nowhere over the last couple of years? Maybe it's down to my very strict childhood diet of pasta and chips, but I feel like they've just appeared in a blaze of #HealthyEating and #Vegan hashtags.

But all of you trendy bohemian types who buzz off the fruit (yes, it's a fruit. I Googled it. Fun fact: It's technically a berry) need to be more careful. There's a new trend, and it comes down to the fact that people are using really sharp knives to peel them.

Yup, the knives are going straight through their hands/fingers. Don't believe me?

If you search for avocado injuries on Instagram, there's a fuckload of them. This following picture is so gross that it has been blurred but I'm sure you can use your imagination...

Credit: Imgur

Speaking to the Times, David Shewring, vice-president of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, said: "Recently the health benefits of avocado have been advocated, with an increase in their popularity - and a consequent increase in related injuries."

Believe it or not, it's a real issue. Simon Eccles, honorary secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, reckons that he sees around four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for avocado hands.

Eccles said: "It needs to be recognisable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?"

Yeah, maybe a career move to marketing isn't in the pipeline just yet, but his heart's in the right place.

Be careful out there. Nothing is safe. Not even avocados.

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Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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