Our urgent care providers are good at performing a foreign body removal and can help you. They are good at determining when you need more advanced care with a specialist or a hospital and can communicate with your primary care physician.

Foreign Body: 

A foreign body is any material that is not organic and is often a result of trauma or injury. A foreign body can enter the skin laceration or wound or through an anatomical orifice like the ear canal, nostrils, mouth. If it’s not removed, a foreign body can delay healing and cause an infection. 

Common foreign bodies that penetrate the skin: 

  • Wood 
  • Thorns
  • Nails
  • Fishhooks
  • Glass 

Accidental ingestion or placement of foreign bodies common in children include: 

  • Food
  • Toys
  • Buttons
  • Pebbles
  • Coins
  • Batteries 


Symptoms of foreign bodies that have penetrated the skin include pain, swelling, and discomfort at the site. For placement of foreign bodies in the nose, nasal drainage or a nosebleed might be present. Foreign bodies in the ear can cause a feeling of fullness, pain, redness, and drainage. A foreign body that has been ingested into the airway might result in choking and can be fatal. If you suspect your child has ingested a foreign body into the airway, seek emergency medical help. 

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. If you have any questions or concerns we cannot wait to care for you!   PrimeCare Urgent Care, PLLC does not provide any warranty or liability for your use of this information.