Something stuck in the nose; Objects in the nose
- Do not search the nose with cotton swabs or other tools. Doing so may push the object further into the nose.
- Have the person breathe through the mouth. He or she should avoid breathing in sharply, which may force the object in further.
- Once you known which side of the nose is affected, gently press the other nostril closed and have the person blow gently. Avoid blowing the nose too hard or repeatedly.
- If this method fails, get medical help.
- DO NOT try to remove an object that you cannot see or is not easy to grasp. This can push the object farther in or cause damage to tissue.
- DO NOT use tweezers or other tools to remove an object that is stuck deep inside the nose.
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if
Seek immediate medical help if:
- Bleeding develops and continues beyond 2 or 3 minutes after removal of the foreign object, despite placing gentle pressure on the nose
- An object is stuck in both nostrils
- You cannot easily remove a foreign object from the person's nose
- You think an infection has developed in the nostril that inhaled the foreign object