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Foreign Body in the Nose

Foreign Body in the Nose | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

First aid for a suspected foreign body in the nose involves the following steps:

1. Encourage the person to breathe slowly through the mouth. Any sudden or deep breath could force the object further into the nose.

2. Gently press the other nostril closed and have the person blow through the affected nostril, if it is known which nostril the foreign object is in.

3. Avoid blowing the nose too hard or repeatedly.

4. Seek medical help if the above method fails. Do not try to get the object using tweezers, even if it is visible deep up in the cavity.

5. Do not attempt to remove an object that is not easy to see and grasp. Doing so can push the object further up the nose.

Avoid the following when trying to remove a foreign body from the nose:

  • grasping the object with tweezers or other tools, which can harm the nose
  • probing for it with a cotton swab or other tool, which may push the object farther in
  • squeezing or manipulating the nostrils
  • Treatment is aimed at removing the foreign body without making the situation worse. If first aid fails, a healthcare provider should be consulted. The provider may use special tools to remove the object. Rarely, this may need to be done in the operating room with general anesthesia.

    Any infection may be treated with antibiotics.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Removal of the object may further harm the nose or cause bleeding. Antibiotics may cause allergic reactions or stomach upset. Surgery may cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Generally, the nose heals quickly and the person can return to normal activities. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Normally, no monitoring is required. If infection or severe injury occurs, a repeat visit to the healthcare provider may be advised. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 04/03/01

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