People Describe The Nastiest Thing They've Seen Come Out Of A Human Body
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We are complicated vessels that emit all kinds of liquids and other substances depending on the circumstances–the usual suspects being blood when we're injured, sweat when we hit the gym and tears when our emotions get the better of us.

Of course, that's not all we expel from our bodies.

But anything beyond what is mentioned above is not something we should ever have to experience or envision.


Strangers online did not hold back when Redditor Silveo02 specifically asked:

"What is the nastiest thing you’ve ever seen come out of a human body?"

When your body fights off infection, it produces slimy nightmares.

Airborne Goo

"I was congested really bad one morning, I kept coughing to try to hack it out as one does, and right as I was getting out of my car at work, I sneezed something fierce, and a mass of bloody mucus and what I hope were boogers shot out of my nose."

"It was so large that my face felt empty, like I had lost part of my body. I wasn’t even disgusted, just intrigued and shocked, and relieved, but also stressed bc I thought I was missing some brain matter."

– InspectorGajina

Clearing The Pipes

"About ten years ago I had an awful sinus infection and sneezed out what I can only describe as a bloody tubular snot cast of my entire nostril. It felt glorious and I marveled at how something so large and disgusting could come out of my nose."

– MyTapewormToldMeSo

A Staph Infection

"My son got MRSA in his knee somehow when he was like 6. Draining the wound was vomitous."

– amalgaman

Swollen Upper Lip

"I had MRSA in my upper lip from chucking raw clams We'd use to farm in bags. The thing about raw clams is wasps and hornets just can't get enough of the soft meat and packs of 8 of them will fight you for a clam. Needless to say getting stung is one thing but getting stung by a wasp or hornet covered in raw clam is a infection nearly for sure."

"My upper lip swelled about 6 to 8 times or size and had to be juiced like a meaty toothpaste tube."

"I got the lucky end cuz my old step-dad would get stung dozens of times and had infections across the back of his whole head from em."

– accelis

Untreated dental issues can lead to seriously disgusting results.

Leave It To The Dentists

"Severe tooth abscess......whole jaw was swollen."

"Pushed my cheek hard until it popped and blood and puss filled about half my mouth. It hurt so badly that I got tunnel vision, started to black out, and almost vomited at the same time."

"'Do it yourself dentistry'.....don't do it kids."

– Crazy_Fun_3455

Artwork On The Mirror

"Yeah, I had the same thing happen, except it was a top tooth, and the whole roof of my mouth was puffy and sagging like the roof of an 86 Dodge Caravan."

"I had to travel for work, and was in a ton of pain. I had a layover in Denver, and went to the bathroom to check it out."

"I'm standing in front of the mirror, and press my thumb on the roof of my mouth. Green pus and blood erupts from around my front tooth and sprays all over the mirror. The smell was overwhelming, as was the pain."

"The guy who was washing his hands next to me couldn't take it- he immediately vomited in the sink and bailed out of the bathroom. I quickly tried to clean up as best as I could and made my way out of the carnage as well."

"Once that was gone I did feel a lot better."

"Edit: To the mustachioed gentlemen in the Denver airport, if you're reading this, I'm really sorry. You didn't need to see that- I had no idea it was going to happen, and I hope this hasn't affected you beyond your initial chunder."

– OnionMiasma

The One That Stayed Behind

"When I was in college I interned with a dentist and he would do a free dental day where transients and stuff could come in and get dental work done."

"One guy came in complaining of jaw pain, turns out that he had a baby tooth that never came out that got engulfed by an adult tooth that then pressed the baby tooth into his jaw. The tooth rotted and festered underneath the permanent tooth."

"The dentist extracted the permanent tooth and when he did it shot out a brown fluid that smelled exactly like death, followed by the baby tooth pieces. I pride myself on being pretty calm but when this happened I had to leave the room and vomit."

"It pretty much turned me off to wanting to be a dentist."

– itsthattedguy

These patients endured intense pain and suffering they couldn't soon forget.

Burrowed Friends

"I’m a dermatological surgical technician for skin cancer removal, aka Mohs. After removing a cancer from an older gentleman’s leg, we stitched him up and applied steri strips (which fall off by themselves within a week) so no wound care would be needed. The pressure dressing on top of the steris would simply have to be removed in a day or two."

"This older gentleman came back to the office 1 month after his surgery complaining of an odor coming from his post surgery wound. When he arrived, the 'odor' was far worse than expected. Employees of the office were gagging."

"Also, keep in mind, in dermatology we deal with smelly things such as cysts on the regular. Odor typically doesn’t bother us. Upon further examination, we realize this patient never took off our original dressing. Once the doctor came in and removed the dressing we saw anywhere from 60-100 maggots burrowed in this man’s open wound. All of which had to be manually extracted."

"Just another maggot Monday."

– Alexiwitchwork

Birthing A Bug

"I seen a fully grown botfly get removed from someone's arm while doing my college co-op at my local hospital."

– SnowyInuk

No, Thank You

"My daughter had pinworms when she was in kindergarten. For those who don’t know, they are small worms that crawl out of the anus and lay eggs, then crawl back inside. It was like something out of a horror movie."

– rupret1

Projectile Pus

"Lancing one of those diabetic cysts and what came out was a mixture of blood, pus and some thick black, what looked like a burnt French fry. At the end the last bit of pressure shot out everything and hit the wall. Smelled like a copper penny and what your cast smells like after a week or so."

– donutdong

After The C-Section

"A week after leaving the hospital from having my son via C-section, I was in horrific, screaming pain. Ended up in the ER, where it was discovered that I had a softball sized abscess directly behind the C-section cut. They needed to open me back up and get me cleaned out, but didn't want all that nasty sh*t to just spill out of me. So they put a tube in me and attached it to a bag to drain it. So I spent a day in a hospital bed with this clear bag filled with putrid, brown, rotting gunk attached to me. It smelled so bad, and looked even worse. Why did the bag have to be clear??? It's been 15 years, and thinking about it makes me gag."

– sallyface

The Attached "Gunk"

"I had a drain similar to yours after my appendix surgery site got infected, but I had mine on for several days. I honestly don’t know why they had to make it clear, the gunk was so damn nasty, but that wasn’t the worst part. That was the fact that since it was attached to me, I could feel how warm the gunk was and it made me feel so damn sick whenever i felt it."

– lonely_catt

Poor Elderly Resident

"A seriously compacted resident in a nursing home I worked at had stool coming out of every orifice. This poor man was throwing up stool it was horrifying. He passed shortly after that."

– AlienGoddess91

While many of these people experienced excruciating pain, the lingering memory of those moments appeared to be what they smelled as a result of their various infections being the worst.

Horrific, indeed.

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