Often times when a patient has received a laceration or wound in soft tissue, it is important to check for any foreign bodies that may be remaining in the wound. Foreign bodies in the skin or soft tissue often happen as a result of a penetrating or abrasive trauma from an outside source. If not treated properly, you run the risk of infection or delayed healing.
What are Foreign Bodies?
Foreign bodies are any inorganic material found in a wound as a result of some sort of trauma. in addition to trauma, these foreign bodies can be accidental and quite common in children. Foreign bodies can exist in a variety of areas on the body and possibly the pathways of the ear, nose & throat.
When Should I Seek Medical Attention?
It is important not to cause yourself further damage by attempting to remove any foreign bodies yourself. If you cannot cleanly remove the object with your hands or tweezers, it is important to seek professional help.
Some examples of a possible foreign body are:
- A nail or sharp object in the foot
- A small object in the nose (more commonly found in children)
- Discomfort of the eye could be due to a foreign object
- The feeling of a clogged ear
If you are experiencing discomfort due to a foreign object or are unsure of the cause, it is important to seek medical attention to avoid further damage. Avoiding further damage will be vital in the proper healing of the areas affected by a foreign body. Patients in the Skokie and Evanston, Illinois areas who are in need of foreign body removal should contact Ultra Med Urgent Care today for safe and effective removal.