Post # 1
I was listening to my local radion station z100 and they were talking about NOT popping pimples. It’s actually dangerous. Here’s why. When you pop a pimple, bacteria from your fingernails can seep into the infected area and cause a staph infection.
What is a staph infection? (Thanks to WebMD)
A staph infection is caused by a Staphylococcus (or “staph”) bacteria. Actually, about 25% of people normally carry staph in the nose, mouth, genitals, and anal area. The foot is also very prone to pick up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria.
These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics.
So listening to the radio station, they had a caller call in about a woman who died from popping a pimple in the “triangle zone” on her face that lead to an infection, that lead her to a coma, which ultimately led to her death. I was so saddened when I heard this, and extremely scared because I always pop my pimples. I hate having that white head on my face. And I’ve always popped my fiance’s too (gross I know). I’m totally not popping any pimples now.
The triangle zone is the zone which includes the nose, lips, chin. That area is where you don’t want to pop any pimples.
Anyone know any similiar cases like this?
Post # 3
I woke up to this this morning and was utterly confused/very happy my face has cleared up recently!
Although (perhaps TMI) I have one inside my nose which I get time to time and am doing everything NOT to touch it!
Post # 4
When I pop pimples I usually wipe off a small needle with rubbing alcohol, and use that. Don’t know it’s better…
Did this segment on the radio say why it was particularly dangerous to pop pimples in the trianlge zone, more than other areas?
Post # 5
Yeah because they said that when you pop pimples in this zone, the staph infection can go to your brain…which they said is really bad. It can cause death in some cases.
Post # 6
Oh, so maybe in another area it will have longer to travel to someplace vital. And therefore have more time to get treatment.
Post # 7
Well I’m at the point where I’d rather die than have my face look like this soooo thanks but no thanks for the tip
Post # 8
My local radio station (Z107.5) actually mentioned this week how researchers swab tested store items that one would touch/play with (i.e. iPads, cellphones, game controlers) and many tested positive for that same bacteria that causes staph infections. Gross. Guess we need to make sure that antibacterial gel and handwash are our friends 😉
Post # 9
Yeah I never use to wash my hands so much before, but now I feel like I’m washing them all the time now. Everytime I touch something I think is dirty or something. LOL. I must be going crazy now. lol
Post # 10
You can also get a staph infection from a tiny cut anywhere on your body. I’m not going to lose sleep over it though.
Sounds like your radio station was doing some serious fear-mongering this morning.
Post # 11
Yeah I really find this a bit much. I agree with hergreenapples. I am not going to worry about it! The chance of that happening are pretty slim. I hate when “journalists” or “researchers” come up with this crap.
Post # 12
The girl that does my facials warned me of popping but never heard or dying from it…I think this sounds like a fluke, obviously we’ve all popped one at some point but here we are, still kickin’.
FWIW, I’ve battled with awful skin my whole life. I always thought it was because I can’t be on a hormonal BC (doctors orders, causing liver problems) so I’ve just bought every product on the market and wasted a ton of money. Last month I saw a dermatologist who thought it might not be acne, but roseasa (sp?) even though I wasn’t really red, just pimpley. She gave me trial samples of FINACEA and CLARIFOAM.
Holy crap. In one month I went from a face full of pimples, scars and uneven skin tone to B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L skin. I am truly amazed. And I never ever thought I had roseaca, but this crap seriously works. And I read somethign about it being the only FDA approved facial medicine safe during pregnancy too, but don’t quote me.
Post # 13
@greenapples – you got it fear-mongering!
Bugs are good for us – builds up our natural defenses!
Post # 14
eh, wash your hands, wrap your fingers in tissue, and pop away. Put some alcohol based shiz on it when you’re done, and don’t touch it with your actual finger. Voila! I’ll take my chances with a staph infection, b/c some pimples need a good pop.
Post # 15
I heard that on my way to work this morning also.. I am really not sure I believe it. LOL I once popped what I thought was a pimple above my lip, turns out it was a cold sore, and it got infected SO bad my lip (no exaggeration) was the size of a golf ball on that side. So I duno, they didn’t put me on any antibiotics, they just gave me cream and I was fine…
Post # 16
Hi, bioorganic chemist here.
For the love of all that is good and true, please help us in the fight against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and keep antibacterial use to an absolute minimum. Good old-fashioned soap and water will take care of your hygeine needs.
Ethanol or isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) is used to sterlize plenty of things in medicine because it’ll annhiliate a great deal of threats. However, it’ll dry out your skin so use in moderation during pimple destruction.
@OttawaBride – it’s usually journalists. The amount of distortion that happens from the scientific research to the front page of Yahoo is GARGANTUAN. Remember your childhood games of telephone?
Here’s a comic that sums it up: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1174