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Hairdresser's nose collapses

A HAIRDRESSER yesterday described how her nose collapsed after years of inhaling human hairs.

Edwina Phillipson (51) said the millions of tiny fragments of hair she breathed in over 35 years lodged in her nose and led to an infection that caused a hole to open in her septum.

Two weeks ago she had an operation to repair the wound and now wears a surgical mask at work to protect her nose.

She said: "It's a danger we are putting ourselves in, but it's like the risks of smoking, everyone thinks it won't happen to them."

Irish Independent