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Friday, June 30, 2017



Remember the time when you were warned not to pop zits on your face? It turns out, there is a deeper reason than just acne scars. Have you ever heard of the “danger triangle of the face”? This area on your face is vulnerable to pressure. As a result, if you abuse this area, you can put your life in danger. Why? Read on.

According to OMG Facts, if you pop a pimple within the danger triangle, the skin can become infected and this infection can permeate these blood vessels. If that happens, the veins that run behind your eye sockets may form a clot to contain the infection. That clot puts pressure on the brain and can lead to paralysis or even death. This condition is called Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. It kills 30 percent of people who get it.
via Daily Mail
In another report by the Business Insider, plucking nose hair can be potentially dangerous. Dr. Erich Voigt — an ear, nose, and throat specialist at New York University — told the Business Insider that there are two types of nasal hair: vibrissae and microscopic cilia. Vibrissae are the hairs near the entrance to your nostrils, which keep stuff from going up your nose. Plucking these hairs can leave you vulnerable to bacterial meningitis or brain abscess. To avoid conditions like these, Voigt suggests trimming nasal hair instead of plucking.

8 Facts about the danger triangle of the face
  1. The danger triangle of the face consists of the area from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of the nose, including the nose and maxilla.
  2.  Due to the special nature of the blood supply to the nose and surrounding area, it is possible for retrograde infection from the nasal area to spread to the brain causing cavernous sinus thrombosis, meningitis or brain abscess.
  3.  This is possible because of venous communication, the ophthalmic vein between the facial vein and the cavernous sinus.
  4.  The cavernous sinus lies within the cranial cavity, between the layers of the meninges and is a major vein from the brain.
  5.  It is a common misconception that the veins of the head do not contain one-way valves like the other veins of the circulatory system.
  6.  In fact, it is not the absence of the venous valves but the existence of communications between the facial vein and cavernous sinus and the direction of the blood flow that is important in the spread of infection from the face.
  7.  As early as 1852, the relationship between the danger triangle of the face and cavernous sinus thrombosis had been observed.
  8.  In 1937, a study revealed that 61 percent of the cases of cavernous sinus thrombosis was caused by furuncles in the upper part of the face. Furuncles are like boils that develop in the under the skin at the tip of the nose. It is a serious infection that affects the eyes, ears and the brain.
via Motherboard VICE
So, the next time you see a pimple or a red bump on your face, resist the urge to pop it.

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