Colds and flu

Updated 05 October 2017

Something getting up your nose?

Children tend to push small objects up their noses and adults sometimes pack bits of cotton into the nose nostril to stop bleeding.

These objects often become lodged in the nose – and can be tricky to get rid of.

Take action:
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; consult your doctor if the object remains embedded.

Read more: Foreign objects in the ear


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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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