How can I avoid infecting my “triangle of death"?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Your “triangle of death” extends from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of the nose and is susceptible to infection and serious health complications. Avoid infecting it by following these tips:

  • Clear nasal passages with a nasal rinse and a neti pot as part of your daily morning hygiene routine.
  • Gently clear crust from the nose carefully using a clean tissue, not your nail or other device.
  • Avoid popping or picking at facial pimples, blackheads, cuts, and scabs.
  • Treat any facial infection, sore, or cut immediately.
  • Line your nose with an emollient jelly to make it less crusty.
  • Use rotary nose-hair trimmers that gently cut the hairs rather than pulling them out at the roots.
  • Rethink facial piercing.


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