A stubborn blackhead has sparked a mysterious illness in a teen – after she squeezed it and her face swelled up “like a balloon inflating” in response.
Mary Ann Regacho, 17, from the Philippines, noticed the pimple pop out on the side of her nose last year.
At first, she thought it due to hormonal issues – having given birth to a baby boy the same year.
After a few weeks, she squeezed the spot and a few days later it started to become painful.
Then, to Mary’s horror, her face started inflating.
Fearing an infection, the young mum used herbal medicines at home – to no avail.
Speaking this week, she said the growth has now spread across the bridge of her nose, her cheeks and forehead.
‘I feel like my face will never be the same again’
Mary said: ‘‘I thought it was only a common pimple, but it hurt so much I could not sleep at night. I tried everything to cure it but nothing worked.
‘’Now, I feel like my face will never be the same again.’‘
Her husband, Albert Sales, works part-time in a neighbour’s farm without a steady income, so she could not afford a hospital or medicine.
Now, the lump has almost covered her face and is affecting her vision as it has reached the corner of her eyes.
After almost a year of enduring the painful mass, she went to the hospital to have it checked.
However, the small provincial hospital did not have the proper equipment to diagnose her mysterious disease so they had to transfer to a bigger facility.
Albert is now appealing to good Samaritans for help.
In a video recorded by their aunt, Albert can be heard saying: ‘‘I want to ask kind people for donations so we can finally send my wife to a hospital.
‘’We only earn enough for ourselves and our one-year-old baby so I can’t afford her medical bills.’‘