Children tend to push small objects up their noses. Adults sometimes pack bits of cotton into the nose nostril to stop bleeding. These often become lodged in the nose.
Suspect a foreign object if there is a foul-smelling green or yellow discharge from only one nostril. The nose may also be tender and swollen.
- Do not attempt to inhale the object by forcefully breathing in. Breathe through the mouth.
- Pinch the other nostril shut and try to gently blow the object out. Do not blow hard or repeatedly.
- If the object is visible in the lower nostril, remove it with a blunt pair of tweezers. However, do not attempt this if a child is protesting as it may be pushed deeper into the nostril and cause further damage.
- Spray a nasal decongestant in the affected nostril to reduce the swelling.
See your doctor if:
- The object remains embedded.
- A disc battery is stuck in the nose, even if removed successfully. Harmful chemicals can rapidly leak into the nose.