Most often, a foreign body is found in the eye after grinding the metal. Patients generally feel when a foreign body reaches the eye, in very rare cases they do not give this information. The main symptoms are a feeling of the presence of a foreign body in the eye, a feeling of "itching" and increased tearing. Pain and visual disturbances are less common.


As in the case of a foreign body in the eye, patients feel the presence of a foreign body in the ear. These are most often insects that reach the ear canal. Symptoms of the presence include a feeling that something is moving in the ear, tinnitus, tingling, and less common symptoms are impaired hearing and pain. The problem with detecting a foreign body in the ear occurs in children. Children often put small toys in the ear canal during play, but they are afraid to admit it. In such cases, the first symptoms that appear are pain and discharge from the ear, which accompany the inflammatory process that occurs due to the prolonged presence of a foreign body.



Most patients notice when a foreign body is found in the nose. There are also patients in whom a foreign body is diagnosed based on the presence of secondary symptoms. Secondary symptoms are: unilateral purulent discharge, unpleasant odor discharge, persistent nosebleeds, headaches. Further examination of these symptoms leads to the conclusion that a foreign body is present in the nose.



Foreign bodies in the airways are mostly pieces of food and are more common in children. The symptoms of a foreign body in the respiratory tract can speak in favor of a life-threatening condition, but also a condition that lasts for a longer period of time. When it comes to a life-threatening condition when a foreign body completely or partially blocks the airway, then there are symptoms of suffocation, coughing, extremely audible high-frequency breathing, the face becomes bluish. In the most severe cases, there is a complete cessation of breathing.

Digestive tract

The highest frequency of foreign bodies in the digestive tract is in the pediatric population and psychiatric patients. A foreign body can be found at the level of the oral cavity, but also distant parts of the digestive tract (stomach, intestines). The main symptoms are a feeling of the presence of a foreign body, painful swallowing, increased salivation, pain in the chest or neck, vomiting, hiccups. In some cases, a foreign body in the digestive tract (its upper parts) can partially cause problems with the respiratory tract, so there are symptoms that indicate the presence of a foreign body in them.