Foreign Objects: First Aid

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  • 0:32 Ears, Eyes, & Nose
  • 2:17 Skin, Lungs, & Stomach
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, you're going to learn some basic first aid techniques you can use to help yourself or others who have a foreign object stuck in their eyes, ears, nose, skin, and more.

Foreign Objects

Most of us love foreign things. Foreign food is delicious and exciting. Foreign music is beautiful. Foreign people have cool accents. But, your physical body doesn't like foreign things. It usually reacts to them in really bad ways. Bleeding, inflammation, swelling, and pain commonly occur as a result of them.

A foreign object is any substance or material derived from outside the body, which is now found in the body. Since they shouldn't be there, let's see what important things you should do when they enter places they're not supposed to be!

Ears, Eyes, and Nose

Let's say you have something stuck in your ear. That could be painful. If you can easily see the object, grasp it with your hands or tweezers and then try to remove it gently. Or, maybe you can just tilt your head so that gravity helps you remove it.

If none of these seem to do the trick, you can use a bulb ear syringe and warm water to wash it out of the ear canal. However, I caution the use of any liquids for removing something out of the ear. In fact, I reckon you should see the doctor instead. This is because if your eardrum is perforated, meaning there's a hole in it or it's totally busted, and you pour something in your ear, then not only can that be excruciatingly painful but you also could suffer from permanent hearing loss. Basically, If you can't easily see and gently remove the object from your ear at home, it's best to go to the doctor.

Hearing loss is no fun, and the same is true for vision loss. So, if something enters your eye, like a speck of sand, then flush out the eye with a gentle stream of warm, clean water. For instance, you can use the shower to do this. Just remember to actually hold your eyelid open or else it's kind of pointless. If you wear contact lenses, it's best to remove them prior to doing this. Just keep something in mind for me: if the object is actually stuck into the eye itself, do not try and remove it. Go see a doctor right away.

If you feel something is stuck in your nose, don't breathe in too forcefully, lest you actually breathe it in, which will only cause way more problems. Ergo, just breathe through your mouth to be safe. You can try to gently blow the object out of your nose, or if it's visible, you can use some tweezers to grasp it and gently pull it out. If none of these tips work, go to the doctor right away.

Skin, Lungs, and Stomach

You can also use some tweezers to remove something superficial that's stuck in the skin. So long as it's something minor, like a splinter or thorn. Just clean the tweezers with rubbing alcohol prior to doing this to kill as many living microorganisms on it as possible, and wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water prior to starting as well.

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