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The Triangle of Death -- As Plain As The Nose On Your Face
Death by Nose Pimple -- Fact or Urban Legend?
When I told my wife recently that my high school health teacher warned us about nose pimples, she laughed. I told her that picking nose pimples could lead to an infection, and that blood vessels from the nose could carry that infection to the brain and possibly cause death. She equated my story to a warning from our five-year-old, to wit, if a puppy gets caught in the discarded plastic from a six-pack, the poor little dog could grow into the plastic and explode from the pressure.
We both knew and accepted that our next door neighbor died from a gum disease infection that had migrated to his heart, but she wasn't buying the nose pimple thing.
Physicians Seem to Agree
Physicians seem to agree that there is a greater chance of a brain infection resulting from a nose/upper-lip blemish or infection than from a blemish anywhere else on the face. This is because the veins in the upper lip and nose pass directly into areas where the brain could pick up the infection. Pushing or trying to evacuate a blemish in this area could force an infection into facial veins leading to the brain.
Treatment of Blemishes in the Triangle of Death
- Refrain from touching or picking facial blemishes, especially in the area of the upper lip or nose;
- Periodically apply various cleansing agents to disinfect and shrink blemishes
- Seek medical treatment if a facial blemish worsens despite cleansing applications
Other measures include recommendations on the use of rotary nose hair clippers and the need to refrain from facial piercings.