Avocado Hand: Why are avocados sending people to the ER?

By | June 14, 2018| 0 Comments
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Former “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman says doctors needed to reattach tendons after she accidentally gave herself “avocado hand.” (Andi Dorfman/Instagram; iStock)

Avocado-related injuries earlier this week, Joy Behar and Andi Dorfman have drawn attention to an odd, yet dangerous phenomenon known as “avocado hand” — but doctors have been warning guac-lovers about the all-too-common affliction for a long time.

Doctors first warned of “avocado hand” — i.e., hand lacerations sustained while incorrectly cutting open avocados — over a year ago, after a spate of avocado-related injuries began sending foodies to emergency rooms across the U.K., the Times of London reported in May 2017.

“Avocado hand” had become so common that doctors at the St. Thomas hospital in London reportedly ready themselves for a “post-brunch surge” of avocado-related injuries on Saturday afternoons, with cuts sometimes requiring surgery or leading to serious nerve damage.

In the meantime, doctors have been calling for better avocado-handling practices, with some advocating for a warning sticker to be placed directly on the avocado skin.

Until then, however, one chef told The Independent the best way to safely cut an avocado is to lay it horizontally on a flat surface, place a hand on top of it, and slice into the fruit horizontally, twisting the avocado around until it is separated into halves.

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