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. Of course, some squeamish folks know there are certain horrible injuries not to Google; there are very particular wounds some people can't stand seeing. But are there any specific injuries that 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 or you work in the medical profession. But for the average person, seeing someone else suffering a horrifying injury tends to make them feel sick or uneasy at the very least. So be prepared.
Remember, these are injuries you shouldn't look up on Google images (unless you're really brave), so this list doesn't show the gory details. Still, the concepts and medical drawings here 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 injuries and accidents, like ring avulsion. This injury happens when someone's ring gets caught on on 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 injury - 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.
If you're really dying to see what this looks like, here's what "ring avulsion" looks like on Google images.
When you think of gruesome injuries, 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.
This kind of break can be life threatening if it's not treated quickly, and will generally require surgery to correct, as well as a long period of rehab. Visually, compound fractures are bloody and sickening, and be warned: there are lots of pictures of these floating around the Internet.
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. It's pretty gnarly to look at.
This painful condition can permanently damage your eye if it is left untreated. Luckily, this only happens when there's severe trauma 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 awful, condition. It involves the anterior chamber of eye welling up with pus. Pictures of that are arguably even worse.
Unlike with a full amputation, a traumatic 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 of this injury is a partial hand amputation; they make up about ten percent of partial amputation injuries. It probably goes without saying that these injuries can be fatal if left untreated. Here are the gruesome Google receipts, if you're so inclined.