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A man suffered from agonising foot pain so bad he went to hospital, only to discover he had a 'hair splinter' stuck in his heel.
The unnamed 35-year-old endured the discomfort for eight hours and found it made walking difficult.
Doctors - Brazil - Heel - Lock - Hair
When doctors in Brazil examined his right heel, they found a lock of hair had penetrated the surface of his skin and come into contact with a nerve. This is a medical condition known as cutaneous pili migrans (CPM).
The medics believe the patient 'trampled' on the hair while walking barefoot, which caused the strand to become 'embedded'.
Strand - Hair - Tweezers - Man - Pain
The 1cm-long strand of hair was removed with tweezers, which immediately eased the man's pain.
The patient, who was otherwise healthy, went to the University of São Paulo's medical school when the pain in his foot worsened.
Dermatologists - Dr - Fred - Bernardes - Filho
Dermatologists, led by Dr Fred Bernardes Filho, examined the patient, who reported having no foot or ankle injuries.
The medics found no signs of swelling or other 'deformities', they wrote in the Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine.
When the patient was asked to walk on his...
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