Children often like to experiment by placing objects up their nose. If the objects are small and fit neatly into the nostrils, they can become stuck.
Once the object is removed, it is possible to get an infection, especially if:
- the object had been in place for some time
- part of the object is still in place
- a second, undetected object is stuck in the nose.
Often parents don’t realise the child has put something in their nose until they notice the signs of infection. These are:
- pain in or around the nose or cheekbones
- a runny nose and a discharge that may be yellow or green and may also be blood stained or smell unpleasant
- redness or swelling around the nose
- the feeling of a stuffy or blocked nose
- a temperature.
Looking after yourself
If you develop symptoms of an infection, here is some advice you may find helpful.
If you have a nasal discharge:
- don’t try to block or prevent any fluids or discharge from the nose
- don’t attempt to clean any fluids or discharge that are inside the nose
- gently wipe away any fluids or discharge from the outside of nose using soft tissues as often as you need to
- throw used tissues away immediately
- wash and dry your hands regularly to prevent the spread of infection.
If you are in pain, get advice on the pain relief medicines you can take.
See you doctor if you have symptoms of infection or are concerned.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about your nose injury, check your symptoms with healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: November 2017