TikTok user Hillary Zinks gave a public service announcement to make sure what happened to her, doesn’t happen to you.
Brace yourselves, because the confessional you are about to hear is so 2020.
This girl went to the emergency room because her thong almost killed her.
We feel for Hillary because what she endured is not comical by any means; however, she barely got through sharing her anecdote without bursting into fits of laughter.
Which is probably why her video was viewed over 5 million times. After seeing the hilarious clip, you might understand how her infectious charisma will likely have you save your pity for unadopted pets instead.
See her relive the painful story here and try not to smile.
GET CHECKED if you have new symptoms you have and NO IDEA why ! It can save your life
When she complained about excruciating pain in her fanny, her mother was unable to locate anything. So she was taken to the ER where a doctor discovered she had an abscess.
The culprit was the thong, which apparently caused a micro abrasion where the sun doesn’t shine.
To get more details, Buzzfeed reached out to Hillary, who told the media outlet about her brush with death.
“If I ignored my abscess, it could have poisoned my blood and eventually killed me!”
“Luckily, my mom made me go to the ER, which led to the surgery and no long-lasting problems. I told the story to let people know that when you have strange symptoms and you have NO IDEA how they started, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.”
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After admitting the thong was a little too snug on her, Hillary recalled when the iniquitous undergarment cruelly cut into her.
“I remember the exact moment it happened: I pulled up my pants and also pulled my thong, and I pulled it a little too hard/high.”
“I felt a small pinch, but the pain went away almost instantly. I didn’t connect the incident to the thong until I went to the doctor and he asked me if I wore them. Then I remembered that moment.”
Hillary said this type of cyst/abscess was common but the stigma around it prevents awareness about the condition.
She was surprised to find how her situation was not so unique when others came forward with similar experiences in the comments.
“People don’t talk about it because they think it’s ‘gross.’ If you read the comments [in my video], the amount of people who can relate is INSANE. I did not expect that at all.”
“I’ve also gotten tons of messages (from mostly girls) thanking me for sharing my story, and even women saying they set up a doctor’s appointment to get checked out.”
Buzzfeed also reached out to Dr. Jennifer Lincoln for a medical professional’s assessment.
“Abscesses in the groin and anorectal area are not uncommon and can happen randomly to people who are more prone to infections.”
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𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 If you are like me and have spent more time with your kids than EVER before these past few months, the last thing you need is a social media post telling you to be MORE present with them. ✅If you want to, do it. ❌If you don’t want to, don’t do it. You have the right to peace and quiet, mental health breaks, and to just get a damn minute to yourself. In fact, you NEED this to be a good parent – and it should happen daily. Now is not a time for guilt. I grew up in the 80s and 90s. I am the product of parents who loved me and believed in the sanctity of Saturday morning cartoons and uninterrupted Mario Bros games. They felt no guilt, and neither should you. You know what your kid needs and you know what you need – don’t let the perfect world here make you think you aren’t doing enough. Because, pandemic. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk on good enough parenting. #goodenough #pandemicparenting #guiltfree #saturdaymorning #workingmoms
Dr. Lincoln continued:
“As for causing abscesses in the anorectal area, it could theoretically cause a small cut in the skin from friction, which can then get infected. So if you do want to wear one, opt for a loose-fitting, soft cotton version.”
“This may be better than synthetic fibers that can be more irritating to the skin, potentially more abrasive, or more likely to trap moisture and bacteria.”
The doctor presumed how the patient was taken care of and explained what is expected during the recovery process.
“What Hillary describes here is an incision and drainage. That means the abscess (aka a pocket of pus) was numbed, incised with a scalpel, and then drained.”
“They then likely washed it out and packed the area with gauze, which will need to be changed frequently to help promote healthy healing of the drained area. Recovery depends on the depth and size of the abscess, but many of these heal without complication.”
“My suggestion is to not wear tight thongs. I’m not sure my case had anything to do with the material, but I know the tightness is what did it for me.”
“I was humorous about the whole thing. I’ve told this story so many times and I always laugh about how a thong tried to kill me.”
“But I am STRONG. There’s no way in heck a pair of underwear can take this girl down!”
Hillary believes a little levity goes a long way in tough situations, and she offered some sage advice to her followers.
“Don’t be embarrassed about things like this. A doctor’s job description does not include judging you.”
“They just want to fix you up and have you healthy again! 99% of the time, the doctor has seen worse anyway.”
“Lastly, don’t take life too seriously. This was a literal pain in my butt, but laughing along the way kept my spirits high and I was healed in no time. Also? LISTEN to your MOM when she tells you to go to the hospital.”
We’re glad the agonizing experience is behind her.