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Foreign body is any object originating outside your body. It can mean any unwanted intruding object. Foreign bodies can be inert or irritating. If they irritate they will cause inflammation and scarring. Foreign bodies can bring infection into the body or acquire infectious agents and protect them from the body’s immune defences. They can obstruct passage ways either by their size or by scarring they cause. Some can also be toxic.
Foreign bodies can either be in the ear lobe or in the ear canal. Objects usually found in the ear lobe are earrings, either stuck in the lobe from infection or placed too deep during insertion.
Some of the items that are commonly found in the ear canal include the following:
Symptoms of Foreign Bodies in the Ear:
Some objects placed in the ear may not cause symptoms, while other objects, such as food and insects, may cause pain in the ear, redness, and / or drainage. Hearing may be affected if the object is blocking in the ear canal.
Treatment for Foreign Bodies in the Ear:
The treatment for foreign bodies in the ear is prompt removal of the object by your doctor. Following are some of the techniques that may be used to remove foreign objects from the ear canal:
After the removal of the foreign body from the ear your physician will then re-examine the ear to determine if there has been any injury to the ear canal. Antibiotic drops for the ear may be prescribed to treat any possible infections.
Objects that are put in the nose are usually soft things. Sometimes a foreign body may enter the nose while trying to smell the object. Children often place objects in their noses because they are bored, curious, or copying other children.
Some of the items that are commonly found in the nose include the following:
Symptoms of Foreign Bodies in the Nose:
The most common symptom of a foreign body in the nose is nasal drainage. The drainage appears only on the side of the nose with the objects and often had a bad odour. In some cases you may experience a bloody nose.
Treatment for Foreign Bodies in the Nose:
Treatment of a foreign body in the nose involves prompt removal of the object by a doctor. Sedating is sometimes necessary in order to remove the object successfully. This may have to be performed in a hospital. The following are some of the techniques that may be used by your doctor to remove the object from the nose:
After removal of the object, your doctor may prescribe nose drops or antibiotic ointments to treat any possible infections.
The throat (pharynx) is bound by the base of the skull (nasopharynx) and by the cricoi cartilage / inferior border of the C6 vertebra (hypopharynx). The hypopharynx contains the larynx and the upper openings of the trachea and the esophagus. All pharyngeal foreign bodies are medical emergencies that require airway protection because complete airway obstruction usually occurs at the time of aspiration and results in immediate respiratory distress.
Some of the items that are commonly found in the throat include the following:
Symptoms of Foreign Bodies in the Throat:
Treatment for Foreign Bodies in the Throat:
Early and immediate consultation is advisable because pharyngeal foreign bodies are difficult to visualise without the use of flexible or rigid endoscopy. Removal attempts are difficult because the airway must be protected, most foreign bodies in the throat require otolaryngology intervention with sedation and endoscopic removal.