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 IN THE EAR
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:
Toys (especially in case of children)
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:
Instruments may be inserted in the ear
Magnets are sometimes used if the object is metal
Cleaning the ear canal with water
A machine with suction to help pull the object out
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.
FOREIGN BODIES IN THE NOSE
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:
Small pieces of toys (especially in case of children)
Erasers (especially in case of children)
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:
Suction machines with tubes attached
Instruments may be inserted in the nose
After removal of the object, your doctor may prescribe nose drops or antibiotic ointments to treat any possible infections.
FOREIGN BODIES IN THE THROAT
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:
Other radiopaque objects
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.
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Why Patients like DESUN?
Rated as one of India’s best hospitals
a) For excellence in quality of medical treatment and hospital services DESUN is the youngest hospital in India to get the prestigious National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) accreditation from Government of India. World over NABH is considered equivalent to JCAHO (Joint Commission for American Healthcare Organizations) or JCI (Joint Commission International) - the standards followed in US for hospital accreditation. Of more than 1000 hospitals in India who have applied for NABH even after 6 years not even 100 hospitals have been able to achieve the high quality standard required to get NABH accreditation. In the lead story of November 2011 issue of National News Magazine THE WEEK “India’s Best Hospitals” were covered based on an All India Survey. DESUN Hospital was included in this prestigious list of “India’s Best Hospitals”.
For excellence in quality of routine and Superspecialty pathology testing DESUN Pathology lab has also received the prestigious accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL). In Eastern India only DESUN pathology lab has in-house facilities to perform superspecialty pathology tests like PCR, Flow Cytometry, etc. This benefits DESUN’s patients tremendously and there is practically no waiting time for getting test results when compared to other hospitals in Kolkata who have to send these tests to Mumbai or Delhi and wait for 3 / 4 days for get test results. Thus there is no delay in diagnosis and therefore, prompt and accurate treatment for DESUN’s patients.
Ranked on Top by both West Bengal and Central Government
There are only 7 hospitals in West Bengal considered by West Bengal Government as “Class 1 Hospital Service Providers” under the West Bengal Health Scheme – WBHS. DESUN is the first name in this list.
There are more than 100 hospitals in Eastern India empanelled by Central Government under Central Government Health Scheme – CGHS. Of these 100 only 2 hospitals have been able to qualify the high standards and have, therefore, been able to achieve the status of “Superspecialty Hospital” by CGHS. DESUN is one of the 2 Superspecialty hospitals categorized by CGHS.
Safest Hospital For Any Operation
2 of the major fears any surgeon has before any operation is that of OT infection and cardiac, heart complications during or after the operation. If OT infections occur or the patient develops cardiac problems even the best surgeon cannot help you. DESUN is the only hospital in Kolkata having STEEL OPERATION THEATERS (Steel OTs) which drastically reduces chances of OT infection. After the surgery the patient is under the best care of doctors and nurses in the post operative phase at DESUN. Also DESUN has the largest Heart Institute in Kolkata to handle any cardiac emergencies during or after the operation.
Specialist Doctors’ Round The Clock
With 28 medical departments having in-house specialist doctors any problem during your stay at DESUN can be handled by this specialist doctors’ team 24 hours. You may be admitted for a particular surgery but in the event there are some problems which a specialist needs doctor of another department it is available immediately in-house at DESUN. This facility is often not available at other renowned hospitals.