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10 Embarrassing Problems You Don't Want to Discuss with Your Doctor

        Health | Preventive Care

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Objects Stuck in Places They Shouldn't Be
Kids are often the ones getting objects stuck in their noses and ears, so when it happens to an adult, it can be mortifying.
Kids are often the ones getting objects stuck in their noses and ears, so when it happens to an adult, it can be mortifying.
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Whether the result of curiosity, mishap or misadventure, unusual objects sometimes do get lodged in bodily orifices, and taking this problem out of the confines of your home -- much less talking to someone about it -- probably ranks among the most embarrassing things you can think of. After all, exposing the problem means you have to explain how said object got somewhere it wasn't supposed to be in the first place.

However, denying yourself treatment -- or hurting yourself by trying to extract the object yourself -- is probably the last thing you want to do.

Imagine, for example, that some tissue paper gets "lost" up your nose. Left to its own devices, that tissue can cause infection and foul odor, or become further lodged. It can also work its way back to your throat, creating a dangerous breathing obstruction.

Objects stuck your ear are also bad news. They can cause bleeding, discharge and inflammation. What's more, attempts to dislodge something crammed into your ear can potentially damage your hearing. A doctor, however, can use gentle suction, special instruments or even magnets to safely remedy these situations.

And though they're probably the most embarrassing issues to address, objects stuck in your rectum or vagina also need immediate medical attention. Otherwise, they can cause serious tissue damage, infection, internal bleeding and even death.


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