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Popping a Spot on The Face Could Cause Death
Published on: 2020-09-08
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A teenage girl in China has suffered a severe infection inside her brain after she popped a pimple on her nose with her hands.

The 19-year-old, known by her surname Yang, felt a persistent pain under the skin around her right eye soon after she squeezed the red spot on the tip of her nose.

She was rushed to a hospital in eastern Chinese province Zhejiang a few days later when she developed a fever while her right eye became extremely swollen.

The incident was brought to light when Ms Yang’s family recently took her to seek medical attention at the Second Hospital of Ningbo in the city of Ninghai.

popping 2The ‘Triangle of Death’ stretches from the tip of the nose to a point on either side of the lips, roughly where dimples usually appear.

The young woman was diagnosed with cavernous sinus thrombosis, a blood clot in the cavernous sinuses, which are hollow spaces located under the brain, behind each eye socket.

A blood clot can develop when an infection spreads to the cavernous sinuses from the nose, sinuses, ears, or teeth.

The condition can be life-threatening even with prompt treatment. As many as one in three people with the condition may die.

popping 03Doctors said that Ms Yang’s infection developed after she popped the pimple on her nasal tip, part of an area known as the ‘Triangle of Death’.

Also named as the Danger Triangle, the ‘Triangle of Death’ stretches from the tip of the nose to a point on either side of the lips, roughly where dimples usually appear.

Medical experts warn that picking at skin inside this danger zone can have serious implications for your overall health.

19岁女孩挤痘引发颅内感染

因为挤了颗痘痘,浙江宁海19岁女孩小杨住进了医院,还差点有了生命危险。

近日,小杨发现鼻梁上长了一颗痘痘,红红的,个头不小。于是像往常一样,她顺手就给挤掉了。

痘痘挤掉后,小杨的右眼周围皮肤开始红肿疼痛。过了几天,体温一下子飙升到39.7℃,右眼也出现了肿胀,睁眼困难。小杨连忙到当地医院就诊。

“情况比较严重,赶紧转上级医院吧!”医生的话让小杨和家人吓了一跳。经过诊断,小杨患上了“海绵窦血栓性静脉炎”,这是一种严重的颅内感染。这种病如果没有得到及时治疗,可导致患者死亡。

医院接诊的神经内一科副主任医师韩锟说:“患者刚来时,病情是比较严重的,体温持续在39℃以上。女孩的右眼外凸,眼球已经固定无法转动,瞳孔扩大,对光反射消失,多组颅神经受累,这都是海绵窦严重感染的征象,同时我们发现患者的脑膜刺激征阳性,海绵窦的炎症已经扩散,出现了脑膜炎,继续发展随时有生命危险。”

经过积极的抗感染治疗,小杨的病情逐步稳定下来,目前体温已恢复正常,眼球活动和对光反射都有所恢复。

国科大宁波华美医院神经内一科副主任医师姜雅芬解释说,小杨的痘痘长在“危险三角区”上,“危险三角区”即面部以嘴唇画一条直线,以鼻根部为一个点,连接起来的区域就是危险三角区。

姜雅芬说,这里的血管丰富但没有静脉瓣,如这个部位发生感染(如疖、痈等)后,若随意搔抓、挤压、挑破、热敷等都可导致炎症迅速扩散,可使脓液和静脉内含细菌的栓子进入颅内海绵窦,引起颅内海绵窦血栓性静脉炎。

除了海绵窦静脉炎,挤“危险三角区”的痘痘还有可能引起脑炎、脑膜炎,都是可能致命的疾病。

姜雅芬提醒,长了痘痘,如果不严重,可保持面部清洁,等它自然痊愈;如很严重,最好到正规医院的皮肤科就医,通过药物治疗或者进行痤疮挑刺,部分患者可能需要进行相应的内分泌调节治疗。

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