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Foreign Object In The Nose

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Foreign Object In The NoseCommon objects found in noses include food material, tissue paper, beads, seeds, dried beans, small toys (such as marbles), crayon pieces, erasers, paper wads and cotton. Most cases of foreign bodies in the nose and nasal cavity are not serious and occur in toddlers and children from 1-8 years.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty in breathing through nostrils
  • Foul-smelling discharge from nostrils
  • Bleeding from nostrils
  • Irritation

Action

  • Ask the casualty to breathe through the mouth to prevent the object from being inhaled
  • Make the casualty blow the nose gently to dislodge the object (press the unaffected nostril with one finger and blow through the affected nostril)
  • If the object is visible and can be grasped, remove gently with a pair of tweezers
  • If the object cannot be dislodged, get medical help
  • Do NOT probe the object with a cotton bud or any sharp instrument
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