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Foreign Body

A foreign body is something present inside the body that should not be present. It occurs commonly in small children and affects any organs of the body. A foreign body present in the throat causes choking. The foreign body affecting the eyes are dust, wood chip, and insect. It is removed depending on the organ affected.

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My daughter has yellow swelling in her gums. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 13 months old. I just noticed big yellowish sag at the place of her first molar gum. I am much worried. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should put your finger inside her mouth and check if it is moving or if it has a fluid filled inside the swelling. We need to first confirm whether it is any foreign body. I mean like anything which sticks in her mouth, so put your finger and manually touch it to...  Read Full »

A small live ant has accidentally gone into my nose. Will it enter my brain or lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, A small live ant has accidentally gone into my nose. I tried to blow it out but not sure about it? Can it enter the brain or lungs? And lay eggs there? What are the symptoms?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The ant, by all means, will be dead and blown out of your nasal airways because our nose has the following protective mechanisms. 1. Nasal vibrissae (small hairs) which block particles size of an ant. 2. Viscous secretions (mucus) upon which still smaller particles lik...  Read Full »

I have toothbrush bristles stuck in my throat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have toothbrush bristles stuck on my throat, and I have tried eating solid food hoping it would help to pass with them, but no luck. It has been a week, and the discomfort is unbearable. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. If you have had difficulty passing an embedded toothbrush bristle stuck in your throat for a week, seek medical attention as soon as possible. While it may be possible to dislodge the bristle with the help of...  Read Full »

Can dust entering the eye affect eyesight?

Query: Hi, What happens to the dust that enters the eye? Does it go into the eyeballs? Will it affect the eyesight in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. Agarwal Krishna Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to   Usually when dust enters the eye, it does not "enter the eye" per se. It actually lodges onto the eye surface and causes irritation. Thus leading to pain, redness of eyes, and secretion of tears. There might be a slight disturbance in the vis...  Read Full »

My 3.5-year-old son accidentally swallowed a piece of chewing gum. Should I be concerned about this?

Query: Hello doctor,My 3.5-year-old son accidentally swallowed a piece of chewing gum. Should I be concerned about this? Does it require medical attention or any specific treatment?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. If your son is comfortable, able to eat, and breathing normally, there might not be an immediate cause for concern. Chewing gum is designed to be easily digested and usually passes through the digestive system withou...  Read Full »

Will inhaling a fly cause respiratory illness?

Query: Hi doctor, My 27-year-old son inhaled a fly. He is in good health with no respiratory distress. Will it get trapped in the cilia of the bronchial tree and end up causing illness?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You mentioned that he has no respiratory distress after inhaling the fly. Nothing major can happen since his breathing is fine. It is doubtful that the fly may go into the airway as there is a protective mechanism at the throat level. Hence, the fly may have gon...  Read Full »

Can a staple that entered my eye 10 years back result in permanent blindness?

Query: Hello doctor,I am currently 18 years old. I remember when I was 8 years old, a staple entered my right eye. I think it went under my eyelid and I did not tell my parents about it. I did not feel any irritations or as if something is in my eye. What should I do? Will I go permanently blind? Please he...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If a foreign body was lodged in your eye, it would definitely have caused an irritation. A staple is quite a big foreign body. In my opinion, it was dislodged then and there. If you are still in doubt, you can go for a CT scan of your orbit (the area around your eye)...  Read Full »

I have a particle on my eye and cannot tell if it is a scratch or something else. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a particle on my eye and cannot tell if it is a scratch or something else. What could it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unfortunately, the image is taken at too close a distance and is not so informative (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If before the incident you were working with wood or metal and without protective goggles then you should visit an ophthalmologist or...  Read Full »

My son has a stuck raisin in his nose. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 3-year-old son stuck a raisin up his nose. My wife and I are physician assistants. We went to the pediatric ED after attempting multiple positive pressure techniques without success. The pediatrician ED doctor was unable to visualize with a nasal speculum and was failed to pass an N...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is better to remove it as early as possible. It is an organic material trapped in a place full of bacteria so rhinosinusitis can occur quickly with the formation of pus. I do not advise you to wait to remove it as soon as possible. Also, you have to be afraid of his ...  Read Full »

How will an old magnet stuck in nasal passage and cause breathing issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old female. This might sound odd but when I was 11 I was playing with two small round magnets pretending to have a nose piercing in the septum. The magnets stuck together and went up either side of the nose clamping the septum. I panicked and did not tell anyone. About a we...  Read Full »

Dr. Krutika Shrikant Ingle

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, firstly, I would like to assure you, that as doctors we come across much stranger things and hence, it is important to get yourself checked whether the other magnet is still stuck in your nostrils or not. The doctor might do an x-ray of your sinuses, after he tho...  Read Full »

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