Home treatment after removing an object from the nose
Some tenderness and nasal stuffiness are common after removing an object
from the nose. Home treatment will often relieve a tender, stuffy nose and make
Drink extra fluids for 2 to 3 days to keep
Breathe moist air from a humidifier, hot shower, or
sink filled with hot water.
Increase the humidity in your home,
especially in the bedroom.
Use a saline nasal spray to help loosen mucus.
If your nose is still stuffy, you can try an oral decongestant or use a
decongestant nasal spray. But be careful with these medicines. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems, so check the label first. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight. Oral decongestants are not as helpful as nasal sprays
in children. Do not use a decongestant nasal spray for longer than 3 days.
Overuse of decongestant sprays may cause the mucous membranes to swell up more
than before (rebound effect). Avoid products containing antihistamines, which
dry the nasal tissue.
Check the back of your throat for postnasal
drip. If streaks of mucus appear, gargle with warm water to prevent a sore
Elevate your head at night by sleeping on an extra pillow.
This will decrease nasal stuffiness.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.