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    Objects in the Nose - Home Treatment

    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 breathing easier.

    • Drink extra fluids for 2 to 3 days to keep mucus thin.
    • 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.
    • Check the back of your throat for postnasal drip camera.gif. If streaks of mucus appear, gargle with warm water to prevent a sore throat.
    • Elevate your head at night by sleeping on an extra pillow. This will decrease nasal stuffiness.
    • If your nose is still stuffy, you can try a decongestant or a steroid nasal spray camera.gif. 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 slideshow.gif. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight. Avoid products containing antihistamines, which dry the nasal tissue.
    Medicine you can buy without a prescription
    Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:

    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.

    Safety tips
    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.
    • Do not take more than the recommended dose.
    • Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
    • If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
    • If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
    • Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.

    Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

    Call your doctor if one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment:

    • An infection develops.
    • Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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