Advertising

Millennials have a rising epidemic on their hands. The condition is painful, difficult to treat and increasingly common, according to doctors. Even worse? The cause is the thing millennials love the most. It's called "avocado hand."

Fuck me #stitches #cuttingavocado #pumpingwaves 🔪😫

A post shared by Jasmine Debeer (@jasminedebeer) on

Millennials love avocados. Unlike other stereotypes about this generation—that we're lazy and entitled, that we don't read (BLOGS COUNT AS READING OK???)—this one is true.

Advertising

But as everyone knows, avocados need to be sliced open and cut to be consumed. And cutting a fruit that has a ginormous, spherical pit in the center of it is risky business.

According to a report in the UK's The Times, surgeons are reporting "growing numbers" of patients ending up in the ER with injuries related to peeling, slicing or removing the pits from avocados.

GORY IMAGE AHEAD:

#sewingwounds #cuttingavocado #johnshopkinshospital #myhusbandisadoctor #baltimore

A post shared by Sariniiii_85 (@sariniiii_85) on

Advertising

OUCH.

"People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them," Simon Eccles of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, told The Times. He said he sees about "four patients a week" suffering from the condition.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is even calling for safety labels on the fruit to reduce the number of avocado-related injuries, which often involve nerve and tendon damage and may require "intricate surgery."

"We don't want to put people off the fruit, but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this," said Eccles. "It needs to be recognizable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it."

Or, people could just follow this handy avocado cutting safety guide:

Here's another great avocado hack (this one's a little more dangerous so be careful):

Of course, people are already joking about whether or not "avocado hand" counts as a "pre-existing condition."

Cute joke. But really, does it count?? We need to know.

OUR ABILITY TO ENJOY AVOCADOS IS AT STAKE, PEOPLE. #RESIST.

Sources: The Times