A Chicago man made the not-so-smart decision to snip a pimple with a dirty woodworking blade resulting in a rare fungal lesion on his lower lip. A case report was published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine regarding the infection.
The 23-year-old was treated by doctors at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County who performed a biopsy on the lesion. The man is an otherwise healthy construction worker but the lesion on his lower lip is a blood-crusted, warty plague with a hardened border.
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The infection is an ominous reminder of the age-old saying "cleanliness is next to godliness" and don't snip pimples with dirty objects. The skin biopsy revealed a rare, budding yeast from growing in the lesion called Blastomyces conidia which tend to live in wet soil, decaying wood and other areas around waterways.
The yeast form is known for causing lung infections, mostly from people kicking up and inhaling spores, but the construction worker's chest x-rays were clear. There have been less than 50 such cases of Blastomyces conidia resulting from direct contact in medical literature.
Dermatologists warn against popping zits since usually you only make them more inflamed and painful which causes more scars.
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