So many people are disfiguring themselves while preparing this bougie food item that doctors have declared it a “condition”

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If you make food from scratch, there’s a good chance that you need to use a knife to cut some of the ingredients.

This sharp kitchen tool should always be used with caution, especially when you’re actively cutting something.

And now so many people are disfiguring themselves while preparing this bougie food item that doctors have declared it a “condition”.

Apparently everything is a “condition” now

Fans of fresh guacamole, beware: people in the thousands slice their hands and fingers every year while cutting avocados – oh, the horror.

The problem has become so common, in fact, that surgeons have officially named the issue “avocado hand.”

Most of these injuries occur from April through July when the fruit is purchased and consumed most frequently.

The injury occurs when someone holds the avocado in one hand and a sharp knife in the other, and the knife slips or the person loses their grip.

This causes the knife to slice into the person’s fingers or the palm of their hand, with some patients coming to the ER with severed nerves and tendons.

Some people stab themselves in the hand when using the tip of a knife to remove the avocado pit.

Eric Wagner, a hand surgeon and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University, said, “I’ve treated people who’ve cut off a finger while slicing an avocado. Cutting an avocado seems so harmless, but we’ve seen some pretty bad injuries from it. By far and away the most injuries I’ve seen are from avocado injuries.”

Wagner and his fellow medical professionals have seen so many patients needing hand surgery over avocado-related injuries that they published a study in 2020 about the nationwide phenomenon.

The study found that between 1998 and 2017, over 50,000 people in the US went to emergency rooms to get treatment for knife wounds related to cutting avocados. 

The frequency of these injuries saw a sharp increase between 2013 and 2017.

There were 3,143 cases requiring ER visits from 1998 to 2002 but the number shot up to 27,059 ER visits during the latter period – almost a ninefold increase.

Avocado consumption is on the rise

The rise in avocado-cutting injuries is likely due to the growing popularity of avocados.

The average American consumed around 1.5 pounds of avocados per year in 1989, but that number rose to around 7.5 pounds of avocados per year by 2017, according to data from the federal government.

A study published in the American Journal of Health Behavior uncovered that around 2% of all consumer product-related injuries that were reported to the government resulted from people cutting avocados.

Matthew E. Rossheim, lead author of the study, said, “That doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s 1 in every 50 knife injuries. It’s shocking how many ER department visits are related to avocado hand-cutting injuries.”

The problem isn’t just isolated to the United States, as studies have also found documented cases in other countries like England, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Wagner found that most of the injuries in the US occurred among women between the ages of 23 and 29 and that the wounds were most common on the left hand.

That’s likely because the patient used their left hand to hold the avocado while they cut into it – a word of warning to anyone who plans to cut up this popular food item.

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