Is it dangerous to pull out nose hairs?

David R. Salley, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Pulling out nose hairs is not typically dangerous, says Dave Salley, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. But in this video, he explains how that an infection in the hair follicle may spread to the brain.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Yes, pulling nose hairs can be as bad for your brain as it is for your dating life. The danger is that you will break the skin somehow and give root to an infection, which could subsequently migrate inward-into the base of the brain.

Blood from your nose (to be precise, from a triangular region of the face centered on the nose) drains to the rear toward your brain, where it joins various other veins, including the ones that drain blood out of your brain.

If a nasal infection were to travel downstream and block this junction point (a condition known as intracranial thrombophlebitis-say that three times fast), you'd have big problems. Some doctors call it "the triangle of death."

Use a special nose hair clipper; it's a great present and a clue to a loved one.
YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

More About this Book

YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. While it's true that we live in an age when we're as obsessed with our bodies as...

Continue Learning about Healthy Nose

Healthy Nose

Healthy Nose

Most nose problems happen in cold weather when the air you breathe is dry indoor air. Symptoms can be a nosebleed, dry nasal passages and sinuses, coughing and nasal congestion. Many treatments, including the use of chicken soup a...

s a congestion cure, have developed over centuries. An additional treatment option is the use of nasal sprays to keep your nasal passages open. If you're bothered by a constantly congested nose, you may want to see an otolaryngologist.
More

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.