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Wrapped Hair Overview

What is a wrapped hair?
An infant with a wrapped hair has a strand of hair that has become tightly wrapped around a finger, a toe, or the penis.

What are the symptoms of a wrapped hair?
Symptoms of a wrapped hair include tightly wrapped hair around a finger, a toe, or the penis. The strand of hair is not always visible. Additional symptoms may include swelling, redness and tenderness of the end of the finger, toe, or penis.

How does the doctor treat a wrapped hair?
Treatment for a wrapped hair usually includes removal of the hair with tweezers. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove a wrapped hair.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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