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Inhaled Object Or Foreign Body
Inhaling object.: When a person breathes, only air should enter and exit from the lung. If a person were to take a breath, and inhale an object that is not air, it would be considered a "foreign body." This could be a piece of food or inanimate object such as a toy or coin. Depending on the size, it can get lodged high in the trachea or deeper in the bronchial tubes and usually causes an immediate spasm cough. ...Read more
Under anesthesia: People inhale tiny particles every day that never trigger the cough reflex. Things like the particulate of air pollution or smoke will often not trigger much of an effect.The lung eventually cleans these up over time. General anesthesia will remove the cough reflex while under, but you will not inhale a foreign body of any size without triggering cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal foreign body: Assuming you have a foreign body in the nose, the foremost strategy would be to remove the foreign body. Your nose will be much happier that way, too. If the foreign body can't be taken out right away, avoid sleeping on your back, breath with your mouth open and expedite getting it out. Removal of nasal foreign bodies is typically not something that should wait...Not even longer than a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just wondering, how can foreign body objects (like coins) that are not sharp cause erosions or perforate the GI tract and other structures?
They usually: don't!!!!!!! (Unless they are "jammed in" eg impacted stool in the descending colon/rectum and this would be VERY unusual! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more
Corneal foreign body: If an object lodges on the surface of the cornea and cannot be removed with simply irrigation, it (the foreign body) causes pain, irritation redness and if iron or copper can rust and lead to staining of the cornea. Removal can be done under topical anesthesia in your ophthalmologists office and should be done as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The wound will be evaluated for position of the entry site, risk to underlying structures, risk of infection (you may need to renew your tetanus shot), and size and structures of the wound. This may require flush, antisepsis, sutures and proper bandaging. This can be done in an er or with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
48 to 72 hrs: Depending on the size, depth and cause of the foreign body injury will determine how long it takes to heal. Some foreign bodies can be removed with a simple cotton tip, others may require a "burr" or small drill to remove the foreign body. I will usually put my patients on antibiotic drops for 3-5 days after removing the foreign body to prevent an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wound foreign body: Even in a typical wound center seeing hundreds of patients each month, a wound with a foreign body is not a usual occurrence. Foreign bodies can be of three general varieties: human induced, as with stitches and staples left from surgery; accidental, as with gardening maladies; and exotic, as with cutis calcinosis, an abnormal healing process where the base of the wound calcifies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few days typically: After removal, a small corneal foreign body typically leaves behind a simple abrasion of the epithelium, the outer layer of the cornea. That part of the cornea heals quickly, and a small area of injury may heal in a matter of a day. Larger injuries will take longer, of course. ...Read more
Dr. Says I have a foreign body under my conjunctiva. Could it be anything else that can cause similar symptoms?
Unusual: Were you struck in the eye with a fast moving object.. Most objects striking the conjunctiva will embed in his tissue, and if they penetrate, will set up an inflammation. If it was fast enough to penetrate, there is a risk that it might have penetrated the eye. Is you vision OK? You might see an ophthalmologist to have this looked at and straightened out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a foreign body of any sort was trapped under the skin, would I notice? Would there be some kind of response or reaction?
Maybe: Hi, Thank you for your question. Your body would usually create a barrier around the foreign object to prevent it from being absorbed into your body. You might have pain, swelling and redness in that area initially. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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