Is pulling nose hair dangerous?

Q. Is plucking nose hair a dangerous habit?

Answered by
Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 20, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 18, 2023

Hello doctor,

Today, I plucked a nose hair. I work in a hospital setting, so I guess; I am around with a lot of germs. I read that plucking a nose hair can lead to a cut and some infection inside the nose. Then, this infection can reach the brain and cause loss of vision, headaches and fevers. Is this true? If so, how easy would it be to get this infection from a plucked nose hair?



Welcome to Your concern is correct. Plucking nasal hair can injure or break the skin or nasal mucosa, leading to root infection that may spread to the brain. The triangular area in and around the nose forms the dangerous triangle or dangerous area of the face. Due to special blood supply, it may lead to the intracranial spread of infection retrogradely through valveless veins, which may result in meningitis, brain abscess, or cavernous sinus thrombosis. It is not absolutely dangerous, but yes, if you are unlucky, it may lead to folliculitis or nasal or facial infection and may rarely spread to the brain. Hence, do not repeat that. Use a clipper or scissors for that purpose. For now, you need not worry if you do not acquire folliculitis or nasal infection.

I hope this clarifies the information for you.

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