Did you know?: Death Triangle

DID YOU KNOW that popping a pimple on your nose, could be deadly?

The so called, “Death 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.

This name was given, due to the close proximity of the skin, to the underlying blood supply. Because of venous communication between the facial vein and cavernous sinus, there is a possibility (though rare) for retrograde infections from the nasal area to spread to the brain when a pimple is popped.

The cavernous sinus is a large collection of thin-walled veins located at the base of the brain, bordered by the temporal and sphenoidal bones of the skull. An infection reaching the cavernous sinus could have devastating effects.  Examples of such are:
-Inflammation of the cavernous sinus, through which many of the cranial nerves cross, which therefore could be damaged.
-Spread of the infection resulting in meningitis, an infection of the protective membranes covering the brain, which at worst, might eventually result in death.
-Cavernous sinus thrombosis, the formation of a blood clot within the sinus.

Other actions that we recommend to avoid, due to the Death triangle, are all those actions that might introduce infectious agents to this area, such as digging in the nose, tweezing nose hair and getting facial piercings.

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