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Meningitis from popping pimple on nose?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by axp107, May 16, 2007.

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  1. axp107

    axp107 UCLA 09': Italian Pryde 2+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    My sister has been digging at a pimple on her nose. Someone we know, a docor, said that that zone is extremely dangerous and it's possible for her to get meningitis. She's recommending my sis to take antibiotics..

    anyone know anything about it?
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  3. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Enlist the care of a qualified physician. SDN is not for dispensing medical advice. Please refer to the TOS.
  4. the negative 1

    the negative 1 Bovie to "war crimes" please 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Charm City
    Yes it's true there is an area around the nose and mouth called the "triangle of danger" because of the venous communication with the brain.

    But the chances of getting meningitis from an infection in that area are slim to none.
  5. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    Docor? No wonder she told you this. :laugh:

    I doubt one can get meningitis from this ... :idea:
  6. potato51

    potato51 10+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2005
    you're talking about the "danger triangle" (nose to sides of mouth) where lymphatic/venous drainage heads back into the brain, so you can spread infection by popping pimples in that area.

    also, if it's a zoster on her nose, it can cause corneal scarring, so anti-virals should be given in that case.
  7. aphistis

    aphistis Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    hSDN Member
    What this person said.

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