Bil Browning

When Hickeys Go Wrong

Filed By Bil Browning | January 21, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: love bite, lovebite, New Zealand

An unidentified woman from New Zealand is proof that not only are hickeys uncouth, but they can be dangerous to your health. The woman was sitting in a chair watching television after having sex when her left arm became paralyzed. gay-boys-hickey.JPGShe was rushed to the hospital, but her only injury was a hickey on the right side of her neck.

"Because it was a lovebite there would be a lot of suction. Because of the physical trauma it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel," said Wu. "There was a clot in the artery underneath where the hickey was."

The clot had gone into the woman's heart and caused a minor stroke that led to the loss of movement, he said.

When I was a teenager, my mom would always say, "You're gonna give me a stroke coming home looking like that!" when I'd show up after a night of necking with love bites on my neck. Little did she know...

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Wow Bil. Ask me some time and I'll tell you the Ass Hickey Story, which I didn't author. It's one of my faves, though.

I have never heard it pointed out that a hickey can cause an underlying blood clot, and thus potentially a stroke. Actually, I find this to be an interesting medical fact.

And I wonder if the FDA has considered requiring a warning on medications such as Plavix that "Patients on this medication should not suck face."


This post suggests a variation on an old, famous line from The Boys In The Band: "There's one thing you can say about masturbation, at least you don't end up with hickeys."