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 Overview

  • Any outside object inserted into nose
  • Usually children are the affected ones
  • During play, they insert small objects into nostrils 
Causes
  • Food particles
  • Erasers
  • Dried seeds
  • Objects, like crayons
  • Beads
  • Buttons
Symptoms
  • Irritation
  • Infection
  • Foul smelling / bloody discharge from nose
  • Breathing difficulty
Treatment
  • The person must be urged to breathe through mouth
  • The person should avoid breathing with force
  • Close the unaffected nostril
  • Blow out gently through the affected nostril
  • Get medical aid if this method fails
Steps to Avoid
  • Do not probe an object which is not seen 
  • Do not probe an object that is not easy to grasp
  • Do not blow nose too hard
  • Do not use sharp instruments to remove the object
Consult a doctor 
  • When the object cannot be removed
  • When the victim suffers from infection
Prognosis
  • No problem expected once the object is removed
Prevention
  • Children must be trained not to put objects in body openings
  • Small objects must be kept out of reach of children

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