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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Is it concerning to have on and off abdominal pain after one month of swallowing a chicken bone?

Query: Hello doctor, I guess I swallowed a piece of chicken bone one month ago. I am having on and off pain in my abdomen with no other severe symptoms. I already have gastritis and IBS. If I have swallowed a bony piece, could it be left without any symptoms? Is it cornering? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you had swallowed a chicken bone one month ago, and you want to know if the swallowed chicken bone can cause bowel proliferation.Chicken bone ingestion is a common incidence that may easily...  Read Full »

What should I do if I swallowed a small piece of metal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. Is it fine if I swallowed a small piece of metal? Should I do an x-ray, ultrasound, or anything else? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you had a history of swallowing a small piece of metal. It depends on the size and shape of the metal. If the piece of metal is trapped in the throat or esophagus, then some symptoms like discomfort in the th...  Read Full »

I have a thorn deep inside my finger. How can I remove it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a thorn deep in my finger. I can hardly see the tip of it. I have tried using tweezers and baking soda and water mix. It has started to become infected. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your mishap. The most significant concern regarding thorns, splinters, etc., in the tissue, is not really the foreign object itself, but rather the open communicating tract that it forms. This allows microbial pathogens to bypass the protective skin la...  Read Full »

What to do if a small ant crawls inside through the nose or ear?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the worst thing that can happen if a small ant crawls into the human body through the nose or ear?  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The worst thing that can happen to that creature is that it will die. No insect after entering into the nose can survive for a long time as it usually gets pushed into the stomach and gets killed due to gastric juices. Yes, some organisms like worms survive the effec...  Read Full »

Noticed a yellowish sag in the gums of my 13 months old baby. 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 s...  Read Full »

Why has my foot injury not healed post accident?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an accident five months ago and had an injury on my left foot. Since then until now, it is not fully healed. Please see the photos of the injury attached and please tell if it is normal or is there something that went wrong.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajit Kumar Varma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The fact that your injury is over five months old, yet to heal, suggests two possibilities. Either there is a foreign body as a small stone, metal piece and the like, which will p...  Read Full »

Why is there delay in healing of my wound?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 14 years old and I weigh 220 pounds. I am 5 feet in height. I have this wound on my belly for two months and I have been trying to heal it but I put a Band-Aid on it and then it became red and swollen. Please help. I have been on growth hormones in the past.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From what you have mentioned, you have an unhealed wound in the abdomen for two months. This is considered delayed healing as the wound should heal within one week. Causes of delayed healing could be due to an infected wound, presence of a foreign body and/or diabe...  Read Full »

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