It takes a certain kind of morbid fascination, or even masochism, to look up pictures of gross injuries on the Internet. Whether they're gory or just weird, pictures of people getting hurt tend to make viewers squirm. But are there any specifics you shouldn't image search, no matter what? Look through this list, and you'll likely be inclined to say yes.
If you can look at blood and guts without flinching, then you probably have nerves of steel, you work in the medical profession, or are a professional athlete. But for the average person, seeing someone else physically suffer tends to make them feel sick or uneasy at the very least. So be prepared. Remember, you shouldn't look up the following Google images (unless you're really brave), so this list doesn't show the gory details. Still, the concepts and medical drawings that follow may be enough to make you gag.
Many people never take their wedding ring off once they're married. While this is a sweet gesture, it can lead to some truly horrifying incidences, like ring avulsion. This happens when someone's ring gets caught on an object, and either the ring or their body is pulled sharply in the opposite direction.
The harsh tug causes the ring to literally rip the skin and flesh off the finger, from the base all the way to the tip. This leaves the bones and flesh exposed, and can sometimes strip away nerves and tendons as well. When it's really bad, it can even remove the finger entirely.
Luckily, doctors can often repair a hand or finger after this type of gash - assuming you get to the hospital quickly and take any removed flesh or finger bits with you. Ring avulsion is very rare, but it does happen - just ask Jimmy Fallon.
When you think of gruesome physical afflictions, a compound fracture is likely one of the first things that springs to mind. Also known as an open fracture, a compound fracture occurs when a bone gets broken so badly that part of it punctures through the skin.
These types of breaks require a huge amount of force, which means there may be an audible snap, there will be blood, and the limb may torque sideways at unnatural-seeming angles. In other words, it's the stuff of nightmares.
A person can risk loss of life if this kind of break isn't treated quickly, and it will generally require surgery to correct, as well as a long period of rehab.
When people talk about seeing red, they probably aren't talking about a hyphema, but that's a pretty good description anyway. This condition happens when blood collects and pools inside the anterior chamber of your eye, in the space between your cornea and your iris. Basically, it partially or completely fills up the colored part of your eye, so a little ocean of blood just sloshes around in there.
This painful condition can permanently harm your eye if it is left untreated. Luckily, this only happens when there's severe damage to the eye, or if you have a pre-existing blood condition like sickle cell anemia or hemophilia. No matter the reason, it will need to be drained, and you'll be seeing the blood until that happens.
Hypopyon is another similar, and equally awful, condition. It involves the anterior chamber of eye welling up with pus. However, pictures of that are arguably even worse.
Unlike with a full amputation, a partial amputation happens when a limb is nearly severed - but soft tissue still remains, barely connecting the limb to the body. Some bone and ligaments may also be present.
The most traumatic type is a partial hand amputation; they make up about 10 percent of partial amputations. This kind of damage is dire if left untreated.