Foreign Substances in the Nose.
WHEN any foreign substance gets lodged in the nose, close the mouth and the opposite nostril, and then blow forcibly through the obstructed side. If this is not successful, press the thumb against the nose above the obstructing body, and then make a hook of a piece of wire or knitting needle, and pressing it up over the offending sub. stance, pull it down.
Foreign Substances in the Ear.
If flies and other insects get into the ear, fill the ear with sweet oil, and then syringe it out with warm water. Sometimes it will be sufficient to hold the head clown on one side, and have the ear filled with water, remaining quiet in this position for a short time, when the insect will rise to the surface. If any hard substance be got into the ear, lie down quietly upon the affected Side, and send for a physician.
Foreign Substances in the Gullet.
IF the substance have not gone beyond the reach of the thumb and finger, thrust them down as far as possible, and try to pull it out; or, a small curved pair of forceps will reach still lower than the fingers. Or, this failing, let some one place one hand firmly on the chest of the choking person, and give him a smart blow or two between the shoulders with the other hand. If the substance be down some way in the gullet, it may be pushed along into the stomach by some smooth, blunt instrument.
Foreign Bodies in the Windpipe.
SOMETIMES foreign bodies will remain a long time in the windpipe, and will only create some inflammation and cough, but not any immediately dangerous symptoms. When the body has gone entirely below the epiglottis, but little can be done, except to give a pinch of snuff to cause sneezing, and to direct the patient to expel the air explosively from the lungs by a few energetic and sudden coughs. This may drive the offending body out.
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