A foreign body in the nose is an object that does not belong in the nose. It can be any unwanted intruding object from the outside. A foreign body stuck in the nose can cause serious complications. Apnea due to aspiration is rare. If the lodged foreign body cannot be removed immediately, then prompt medical treatment is necessary.
A foreign body in the nose occurs when an object is put or stuck inside the nostrils accidentally or voluntarily. A foreign body means anything that is not supposed to be in the nose, for example, coins, marbles, pins, and buttons. A foreign body lodged in the nose can happen to people at any age, but especially to children.
Small pieces of food, toys, pins, dirt and other tiny parts are common objects that can be put or stuck inside the nose. Such an accident can happen to people at any age; however, children have a higher risk due to their curiosity. If there is any foreign body stuck in the nose, it may cause discomfort such as pain, itching, swelling in the nose and difficulty in breathing. Unilateral symptoms of the nose, especially unilateral smelly secretion, are always suspicious for a foreign body. In cases where the foreign body is not removed, complications such as ulceration of the nasal mucosa and infection of nasal sinus may result. Apnea due to aspiration of the foreign body is a very rare complication.
The treatment of a foreign body stuck in the nose is mainly done by removing the lodged object as soon as possible. It must be mentioned that the object should never be pushed deeper, because this would lead to a higher risk of an aspiration to the lungs. If it is too difficult to remove the foreign body from the nose, then it is strongly recommended to seek prompt medical help in order to remove it with proper devices. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to assist with the removal of a lodged foreign body in the nose. In addition, nasal drops and antibiotics may be used to prevent an infection.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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