Foreign Body

A โ€œforeign bodyโ€ is the medical term for something from the outside, that is not a part of our natural โ€œhumanโ€ body.  It has nothing to do with nationality nor sensuality.  Some places we can get foreign bodies include:

  • The Throat / Trachea โ€“ like choking on something stuck in the โ€œwrong pipeโ€ (people die from this; see Foreign Body Aspiration
  • The Earย  — like cotton from a Q-tip; Iโ€™ve seen a few patients with cockroaches there
  • The Noseย  —ย  little children put beans and other things up inside; see Nasal Foreign Body for a clever way to remove
  • The Eyeย  —ย  specks of whatever can be blown in and stuck on the cornea or conjunctiva
  • The Vaginaย  — young girls put things up inside; tampons get forgotten; sex toys break off
  • The Rectum —ย  sex toys get stuck
  • The Skinย  —ย  splinters, etc., are foreign bodies (can cause infections, which may linger despite antibiotics until the thing gets removed)

A โ€œforeign bodyโ€ can wind up, one way or another, in virtually any part of the โ€œhuman body.โ€  Depending on where it is, there are all sorts of ways to remove them (usually surgically).  Some, like bullets or shrapnel, are often simply left untouched if causing no harm.

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