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Danger! Eating hair can kill you

Here’s an interesting news report about a woman who had a 10-pound hairball removed from her stomach. It seems she went to the hospital about a year ago complaining of pain, abdominal swelling and vomiting after she ate. She also lost 40 pounds in 5 months.

The problem? She had trichophagia, a condition in which a person eats their own hair. Doctors said she must have been doing it for years. The hairball was surgically removed and the patient is doing fine.

But it just goes to show you that cats aren’t the only ones who can get hairballs. If you think you have trichophagia, consult a doctor. There have been cases where a hairball was fatal.


Have you ever tasted your tresses? Be honest! Leave a comment and confess.

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  • Michael February 1, 2014, 12:54 am

    I’ve been eating my own hair for years but generally chew it down to a paste so really don’t think I’m at risk

  • shaniya September 17, 2015, 4:42 pm

    can you die by choking on your hair??????

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