The moral of the story below is this: When you're popping pimples, be careful. Or maybe a more accurate moral would be to never listen to your dermatologist when he or she says you're fine.
One Reddit user had a pimple near his eyebrow and decided to – as usual – pop it. What happened from then on was as peculiar as it was terrifying.
This is what the progression of his subsequent eye infection looked like:
I'll let him explain it in his own words. This has been taken from his Reddit post, in which he chronicled the night.
I went to the doctor and he told me it was probably a sebaceous cyst and gave me some antibiotics.
Full disclosure: The first time I read this, I thought it said “Seabiscuit.”
12 hours later it had probably tripled in size and I has having difficulty opening my eye, so I went back to the doctor and he said I could go to the hospital "if I wanted."
Telling someone whose eye has sealed itself shut that they can go to the hospital if they want is like telling people they can step out of a burning building if they “want.”
I got to the hospital and they immediately freaked, started pumping me full of IV antibiotics and gave me a head CT.
It should come as no surprise that the guy who seemed ambivalent about whether or not his patient needed emergency care did not quite grasp the severity of the situation.
Turns out by squeezing the pimple I forced the infection deeper and ended up with periorbital cellulitis. If I had left it much longer it could have spread to the orbit and blinded me.
... Jesus Christ.
I've just had surgery under general anestesia [sic] to clean it out, and that's why I have that funny looking tube sticking out of my head.
Here is the picture he's referring to. It looks like he head-butted a receipt:
Looks like I've got at least another two days in hospital so I can get more IV antibiotics.
By the end of the ordeal, he was finally able to open his eye again. He managed to keep said eye only because he didn't listen to his doctor.
I'm never popping a pimple again.
That's a lie: I will. There are few things that give me more joy than popping one.
Those few things would be the following:
- Watching Jennifer Lawrence fall down at awards shows
- Television shows about murder
- Sex, occasionally (but only at Applebee's)