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When do I need to see a doctor if something is stuck in my nose?

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See a health care provider or go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • You can't remove the object or can only remove part of it.
  • The object poses immediate danger.
  • You're not comfortable removing a sharp object, such as a nose ring or stud or broken glass.
  • The person has a bloody nose that can't be stopped.
  • Bad smelling fluid draining out of the nose.

From: Nose Foreign Body Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Objects in the Nose."

American Medical Association, , Random House, 2000. Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose, and Airway."

Foreign Body in the Nose Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Objects in the Nose."

American Medical Association, , Random House, 2000. Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose, and Airway."

Foreign Body in the Nose Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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