Foreign Body Removal Specialist Questions and Answers
Foreign body removal involves the retrieval of foreign objects introduced into the body including the eye, ear, nose, finger, stomach, foot, skin and more. Our doctors and medical staff at Physicians Now Urgent Care are trained and qualified to retrieve foreign objects that may have been introduced into the body, and sometimes even by accident. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
What is considered a foreign body?
If you have ever received something as small as a splinter in your hand or foot, you will have experienced a foreign body.
A foreign body is commonly known as something that is stuck inside of you but is not supposed to be there. You may inhale or even swallow a foreign body substance like a bug, or you have gotten hurt from a foreign body. Foreign bodies are more commonly occurring in small children, oftentimes we notice they stick things in their mouths like rocks or grass, or in their ears and noses like playdoh.
Some foreign bodies do not cause harm, and can easily be taken care of or passed through. If a foreign body was inhaled or swallowed, it may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical attention.
What are the different types of foreign bodies?
The most common parts of the body that foreign objects are found are the nose, ears, airways and stomach. Some of the more common types of foreign bodies that are often found include food, plastic toys, and small household items. Many types of foreign bodies are often swallowed or inserted into the body.
The most common objects that are commonly become stuck in the ears or nose include:
- Crayon tips
- Small toys or toy parts
- Pencil erasers
- Small batteries
When a foreign body becomes trapped in the airways, it will become a life-threatening situation.
A few symptoms to look for if someone has a foreign object in their body will depend on the location of the object. A few common symptoms include:
Pain and discomfort may range from mild to severe with foreign objects stuck anywhere in the body.
- Nasal drainage
If objects become stuck in the nasal cavities, nasal drainage may start to occur.
If an object becomes stuck in the airways, it can cause choking as well as coughing and wheezing.
- Breathing issues
If an object is blocking the airway, it will cause difficulties when breathing.
What happens if you don’t remove foreign bodies?
Foreign objects can enter the body in a multitude of ways; however, the most commonly affected parts are the skin, ears and eyes.
The decision to remove a foreign object from the body by a medical professional will depend on what has been inserted into the body, and where.
The decision to remove the foreign object is then left up to the medical doctor based on the symptoms, risk of complications, and if removing the foreign object may cause more trauma than simply leaving it in place.
If the foreign object is causing pain, or is life-threatening or obstructing an airway, it must be removed. Always seek out medical attention if a foreign object is stuck in an airway or anywhere that cannot be retrieved easily.
When to Visit the Doctor for Foreign Body Removal?
If you or someone else is unable to breathe normally or even experiencing pain or irritation from a foreign body, a visit to the urgent care or emergency room may be in order, as a doctor may need to look at your foreign object situation. Visit us by walk-in or booking an appointment with Physicians Now Urgent Care. We are open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Physicians Now Urgent Care is conveniently located at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
It’s best to visit us if:
- The foreign object is restricting the airway
- The foreign object is stuck in the eye or is very sharp
- A child is choking, turning blue or cannot breathe
Visit our urgent care location today if you need medical attention for a foreign object removal. We have knowledgeable and caring physicians on staff to help with your problem so you can feel comfortable once again. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Travilah MD, Darnestown MD, Germantown MD, Gaithersburg MD, Colesville MD, and Bethesda MD.
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