Beware, squeezing pimples can be lethal!

Squeezing a pimple may seem harmless enough, however if one comes up in this depicted triangular zone of your face you should leave it well and truly alone or risk serious health consequences. Brisbane ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon Dr Tai Smith advises that this part of your face is unique because the veins from this area drain directly towards your brain through a structure called the “cavernous sinus”.

Squeezing at a pimple in this zone can cause infection and clot to spread towards your brain and important structures around your eye. This is very rare but potentially serious and even fatal.

Signs of “cavernous sinus thrombosis” include:

  • headache and facial pain;
  • swelling around and bulging of the eye;
  • visual disturbance;
  • double vision, and later;
  • confusion, drowsiness and coma.

Cavernous sinus thrombosis is an emergency. Treatment involves referral to a specialist and may include admission to hospital for antibiotics, steroids, blood thinners and surgery.

If you have any concerns consult your GP or emergency department.

If you would like further advice about your acne, there are many treatment options available from your GP or dermatologist.

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