Nasal Foreign Bodies
Foreign bodies in the nose can cause infections and/or irreversible damage to the structures of the nose and sinuses without medical attention. Foreign bodies in the nose may be placed in the nose intentionally/during play or may enter the nose while a child is trying to smell the object.
Examples of objects that can be found in a child’s nose include:
- Facial tissue
- Foam from cushions
- Pieces of toys
What are the symptoms of foreign bodies in the nose?
The most common symptom is nasal discharge. The drainage often has a bad odor to it and is occasionally bloody. It also typically comes only from the nostril where the foreign body is located.
Treatment for foreign bodies in the nose
The best treatment for foreign bodies in the nose is prompt removal of the object by an otolaryngologist (ENT physician). An ENT specializes in care of the nose and is trained to address this problem safely and efficiently, often at the time of your visit. Delicate instruments and/or suction may be inserted in the nose to gently pull out the object. This is the safest and most effective methods to address the problem and can prevent further damage or infection from more imprecise and inefficient methods. After removal of the object, the ENT physician will then re-examine the nose to determine if there has been any injury to the structures. Occasionally, this also involves passing a very small and flexible camera in the nose. Antibiotic drops/ointment for the nose, or oral antibiotics, may be prescribed to treat any infections present.
Call DeFatta ENT & Allergy at (715) 828-2368 for more information or to schedule an appointment.