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Hickey: This is how it occurs

by Josephine Andrews
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It is probably the most common sex injury and even has its own chapter in the Kama Sutra: the hickey . Find out here which kissing and sucking techniques create a “mark”, whether the love bites are dangerous and how to get rid of a hickey.

How is a hickey formed?

A hickey is a collection of ruptured blood vessels under the skin’s surface. Such an injury occurs when the skin is sucked so hard that negative pressure is created. It can be produced by someone placing their parted lips on the skin, forcefully drawing the air or skin into the oral cavity and holding it under pressure for a while. This can be done with or without tooth contact. Because the veins can also be damaged by biting too hard in the heat of the love battle.

Incidentally, a hickey is not always immediately visible, but can also take about five to ten minutes to appear. It often hurts a bit, at least in the beginning.

How does a hickey go away?

There is no proven effective remedy for a hickey. But there are plenty of well-intentioned tips against hickeys, which are usually not or only moderately successful.

Trying to remove the hickey, for example by brushing it to smooth out the blood vessels, can damage the skin even more. Aspirin and other blood-thinning medications can also keep the stain glowing for longer than it would without “treatment” because the vessels are still sensitive even after several days.

What may help against hickeys is cooling. In this way, it may disappear a day or two earlier. However, how long it stays varies from stain to stain. On average, even without treatment, a hickey needs only about a week until it is no longer visible.

Until then, the most effective thing you can do is cover up the hickey with a cloth or makeup, for example. So there is only one answer to the question “What can you do about hickeys?”: wait.

What parts of the body do hickeys appear on?

In principle (almost) every part of the body is suitable for hickeys. Or as the love textbook Kama Sutra puts it: “All places that can be kissed can also be bitten, except for the upper lip, the oral cavity and the eyes.” A hickey on the neck or a hickey on the chest are probably the most common variants – although all erogenous zones tend to be potential love bite sites, for example thighs, stomach and buttocks.

Is a hickey dangerous?

There are always stories of people haunting the media who are said to have ended up in the hospital or even died from a hickey. In fact, scientists suspect the intense suction can damage an artery, which could cause thrombosis, which in turn can lead to a stroke. However, such cases are extremely rare, often there is already a previous exposure to smoking or an immune disease. If you have healthy blood vessels, you usually have nothing to fear from a hickey.

By the way, that a hickey can cause cancer is a myth. The suction effect that creates it is even deliberately used as a remedy in naturopathy: in cupping , a procedure in which small glasses are used to relieve tension and pain by means of negative pressure. So just relax while kissing, enjoy and let the hickey be the hickey.

Origins of the hickey

The love bite was scientifically examined in specialist books as early as the mid-19th century. According to the records, the painful declaration of love probably has its origins in the animal world. Some mammals, such as donkeys, bite as part of their mating ritual.

In humans, the biting and sucking that results in a hickey may be due to an association of love with pain and a demonstration of power, one of the oldest human instincts.

The bite as part of lovemaking is discussed in the Kama Sutra as early as 200 to 300 BC and the various types of biting are described in detail therein.

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