Foreign Object in the Nose

Childs nasal passages and throat

You or your child has a foreign object in the nose. It may have been removed today by the healthcare team In most cases, once the object is removed, swelling goes away and the breathing through the nose becomes normal within a day. In some cases, an object in the nose may lead to an infection that needs treatment. If the healthcare team was not able to remove the object today, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT, or otolaryngologist ) for follow-up care.

Home care

  • If prescription medicines were given, use these as directed.

  • Use over-the-counter pain medicines as directed.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider as advised. If the object was not able to be removed today, you may be referred to an ENT specialist. It's important to make the appointment and keep it.

Call 911

Call 911 if any of the following occur: 

  • Sudden coughing or choking spell

  • Sudden fast breathing

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Signs of infection: Increasing nose or face pain, redness or swelling in the face, or pus or colored drainage from the nose

  • Continued nasal congestion for more than 24 hours

  • Fever

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