Teenager has severe swelling on her face and can barely see out of one eye after pressing a spot on her nose in the Philippines
- The painful swelling makes it difficult for Mary Ann Regacho, 17, to see properly
- She first noticed the blackhead on her nose last year and finally squeezed it
- Days later, swelling began and has since spread to cover most of her face
- The young mother's husband asked for help with medical bills in a video
A teenager's face has swollen "like a balloon" after being struck by a mysterious disease that began as a pimple.
Mary Ann Regacho, 17, noticed a blackhead on the side of her nose last year when she was at home in Nueva Ecjia, Philippines.
At first, she believed that the stubborn pimple that refused to go away after weeks was the result of hormonal problems.
The teen gave birth to a boy last year and was no stranger to skin problems that can cause puberty and pregnancy.
Finally she had enough and squeezed the spot. Only a few days later, the area became painful and swollen.
She described the swelling as spreading across her face "like a balloon inflating".
Mary Ann Regacho, 17, said her face swelled "like a balloon" after being struck by a mysterious disease that began as a pimple
The painful swelling started after the teen pressed a blackhead on the side of her nose that she had had for several weeks
Regacho has said she feels that her face "will never be the same" after the severe swelling started more than a year ago
Regacho tried herbal remedies to cure the possible infection on its own, but they had little effect.
When she spoke this week, she said the swelling had spread down the bridge of her nose to her cheeks and forehead, Viral Press reported.
“I thought it was just a common pimple, but it hurt so much that I couldn't sleep at night. I've tried everything to heal it, but nothing has worked, ”Regacho said.
"Now I feel like my face will never be the same again."
Regacho's husband, Albert Salles, works part-time on a neighbor's farm.
Without a steady income, the couple couldn't afford to seek medical help with the swelling that was now almost covering Regacho's face.
The teenager's husband works part-time on a neighbor's farm and has posted a video to "friendly people" to help with his wife's medical bills
The lump had reached the corner of her eye and allegedly obstructed her vision.
After Regacho struggled with the painful swelling for almost a year, he was able to have it examined in a hospital.
However, the small provincial hospital did not have the proper equipment to diagnose her mysterious illness, so she was moved to a larger facility.
Her husband cannot pay medical bills and has asked for help.
In a video recorded by an aunt, you can hear Salles “friendly people” asking for donations in order to send Regacho, who is sitting next to him in the video, to the hospital with her son.
"We only make enough for ourselves and our one-year-old baby, so I can't afford her medical bills," he said.
The couple can be seen in the video with their young son, who was born last year