Pimples, blackheads and acne - page 5

While cleaning a patient's face, blackheads were mistaken for ground in dirt. (The individual had had a seizure and had fallen pretty heavily onto his forehead, enough so he was bleeding from a cut... Read More

  1. by   RN1989
    [quote=Indy;2542914]"gross groins!" Haha!

    I had one patient to prep (on tele floor, mind you not in the cath lab) for AM cath who had chiggers in his pubic hair. NASTY. He smelled bad, refused a bath and enjoyed his shave. I'll bet he did, 'cause I then had to pick through all the pubic hair to make sure they weren't lice. quote]

    Sorry, but someone like that doesn't get a choice about whether they want a bath or not. I will give them the worst story about getting an infection in their cath site and dying from it. That is something that I'd be talking to the doc about if they refused bathing and were that nasty. And if they allow you to bathe them without issue, then they have given apparent consent and you cannot be sued for "forcing" a bath on them. I've had docs refuse to do ANY procedure on pt's like that until the pt bathed. And yes, the cardiologist went to the pt's room and ripped 'em a new one about it. The pt's never refused after the docs got involved.
  2. by   elizabells
    I'm an inveterate picker/popper on my own self - still have a few scars from chicken pox at 12 yo.

    Now, on the babies there's not much opportunity for poppin', as baby acne should really be left alone. The only times I pop anything at work are for cultures, and popping something with a culturette really isn't that satisfying. I did once get in a fight with a resident because I insisted that baby acne doesn't usually cluster in the axillae, and lo and behold, baby had MRSA. Turns out mom's bad acne wasn't really acne...
  3. by   casi
    I'm Casi, and I too am a popper.

    The bigger the gush of gunk the better.
  4. by   NurseCard
    Oh MAN I just ate dinner and now I'm about to get sick reading this thread.
  5. by   User123456
    ok this made me remember something i wanted to forget. when hubby and first were engaged we were watching tv on the bed and he was on his belly. i noticed a big pimple on his back so i decided to get it. i popped that thing and i squeezed it for about a month getting puss and clear fluid out almost daily. finally it dired up so when i sweezed it all that i got was a thin thread like thing. then it was empty. now hes got a quarter sized indent near his spine. gross.
  6. by   kukukajoo
    I HAD to keep reading these!! I guess you could say I am an intermittent picker but never on a pt (still a student) but now if it does happen, I will remember this and know I am not alone.

    On a side note- had a pt whose ears- you know the part just external- were covered in blackheads and to this day I completely SCRUB that area on me in hopes I never have the same problem!!!
  7. by   Dolce
    Okay, worst story was not my own but my coworkers. She and I had a mutual fascination with blackheads and her story was disgusting! An elderly female patient had a large brown/black raised area under her breast and her family said they were wanting to have it "checked out." Of course it was a giant blackhead. The amount of cottage-cheesy material she expectorated out of there was incredible (she saved it in a specimen container to show the doc). LOL. It was just a pile of cheesy material in the bottom of that specimen cup and it was soooo gross looking. The lady had a large "hole" under her breast that my coworker cleaned up and applied a bandaid to. Makes you wonder how they get so big before people do something about them!
  8. by   Duflinkka
    I want to stop reading, yet I can't look away!
    lol
  9. by   doulalove
    Holy crap was this fun to read as someone who is just taking her nursing prereqs!! I'm a little traumatized, but laughing hysterically at the same time. Wow... what am I getting myself into...
  10. by   dbsn00
    Quote from oregonchinamom
    I am, also, a confessed popper. It drives my husband crazy! However, I control myself at work, except on two notable occations. One was a fairly young lady in my ICU for respiratory failure on the vent. She had an art line in her groin and had a big, raised blackhead on her mons. After a few days of checking that site, and seeing that blackhead every two hours, I had had enough. I went and got a pair of hemostats, grabbed that thing and out it popped! What a relief!

    The other was far more disgusting. I was taking care of an elderly gentleman and turned him on his side to look at his back and found the hugest, most vile blackhead on the face of the earth. I measured it and it was 4inches by 2 inches. I kid you not! His wife said it had been there for over 10 years. I could just not leave that there, it was just to awfull. I put on full PPE, including a hair covering and pulled. Most of it came out in one huge chunk but then I had to push from the bottom to get the rest that had almost tunnelled. The stench was amazing. After almost 10 years, that reamains as one of the most disgusting moments of my nursing career. <shudder>
    OMG THAT IS SOO DISGUSTING!! But I would have done the same thing...I have a resident who has the grossest blackheads on her face & since I do 1:1 with her so often I "pop" her every chance I get...her family actually thanks me!
  11. by   ansturge
    i read something in here about benzoin, what do you do with it in this case?
  12. by   elizabells
    My first patient in med-surg II was a young (and VERY good looking) man who was in for an I&D on an infected pubic hair. My partner and I went into his room to find him reclining, shirtless, in a very model-like pose, in his bed. He very smarmily asked if we wanted to check his wound. We rapidly left the room and fell out laughing in the clean utility room! Later he offered us chocolates that his girlfriend had brought him! Ew, dude.
  13. by   Dolce
    Quote from elizabells
    My first patient in med-surg II was a young (and VERY good looking) man who was in for an I&D on an infected pubic hair. My partner and I went into his room to find him reclining, shirtless, in a very model-like pose, in his bed. He very smarmily asked if we wanted to check his wound. We rapidly left the room and fell out laughing in the clean utility room! Later he offered us chocolates that his girlfriend had brought him! Ew, dude.
    Elizabells, you should have told him that flirting with his nurses is part of discharge criteria. Sounds like he was well enough to go home!

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