Have you ever been in a tricky situation where you’ve desperately tried to conceal that red spot (Hickey) on the side of your neck or been conscious of wearing that collar with that cheeky spot peeking out? Hickeys, aka love bites, always look something like a prized possession but are all that suckling and sensual nipping only just about unrestrained passions or do they have a bigger purpose?
For many, love bites are a trophy for phenomenal lovemaking and behind-the-sheets fun. While those blue and red marks may appear mysteriously beautiful, they have surprising facts which will make you think twice. These so-called ‘signs of beauty’ are in fact injurious to health and you’ll be shocked to know why.
Check out these following ten facts about love bites which proves the above notion:
1. There is no “instant” remedy for them.
Yes, this is true – there’s no instant cure for a love bite. You’ll have to wait patiently for the bruise to heal on its own and in its own sweet time. All you can do is to apply some ice over it and hide it with a scarf or a high-collar shirt, till it decides to fade away. You can’t really make it go instantly and patience is the only ‘cure’ for hickeys.
2. People with iron deficiency tend to get them faster.
If you’ve noticed your skin pinking up almost immediately, then know that this is danger. Bruising is definitely a symptom of aplastic anemia, which occurs when a person doesn’t have enough red blood cells, white cells and platelets in their blood. If your skin tone turns black and blue, take action immediately- chances are that you are low on iron. Including lots of veggies is the key.
3. Hickeys are bruises caused by broken vessels.
Speaking of broken blood vessels, did you know that those love bites are just bruises? They are caused by broken capillaries, similar to getting bruised when you suffer injuries from banging your knee, or hitting something hard.
4. Oral herpes can be caused through love bites.
Those romantic bites can lead to oral herpes virus and that’s NOT a joke. If by chance you’re suffering from an active cold sore, you will tend to pass the STD on to your partner while giving him/her a hickey. It’s a good idea to be aware of each other’s sexual health history before engaging in any sexual activity. It’s simple – hickeys are caused by biting and sucking, so if your partner has oral herpes, you’ll get herpes too.
5. These little red bruises can leave red scars.
Yes, love bites remind you of your excellent time between the sheets but these can leave red and bruised scars which will not make you proud later on. These red scars are more likely visible if you have a lighter skin tone. Scarring also depends on the intensity of the hickey or the biting capability. The harder you bite, the more reddish the scar will become.
6. These can be permanent scars.
Hickeys can stay for weeks or even become permanent in nature. Despite that initial fun, these marks will remind you of that night with your spouse or lover for a long time to come and in some cases, they never fade away. This depends on factors like depth of the bruise and the complexion of your skin because lighter skin toned people will suffer harder. Therefore, it’s sensible to tell your partner to go easy so as to avoid any permanent damage.
7. Love bites can even cause strokes!
Strokes and love bites go hand-in-hand. That’s scary, isn’t it? But it’s true. In 2011, a woman from New Zealand did suffer a stroke from one. Another case was reported in 2016 when a Mexican teenager died from a stroke after a love bite caused a blood clot that moved to his brain. So, be careful!
8. They have a special mention in the Kamasutra.
Hickeys aren’t a new phenomenon for they have a special mention in the Kamasutra, where they’re called ‘the coral and the jewel’ – the lip is the coral and the teeth the jewels.
9. Dreaming of hickeys = a toxic relationship!
If you’re dreaming about Hickeys, be watchful. Psychological studies have suggested that even dreaming about them indicate nothing sexual but could be a possibility of you suffering a toxic relationship. Or it may also suggest a battle between your head and heart. Now who has control over their dreams?
10. They can cause serious sex injuries.
Those love bites can really hurt you – not just with the permanent scars but also damage your nervous system and blood vessels, leading to one of the most common sex injuries. You can hurt yourselves badly so therefore it’s important to go easy on that!