The risk of foreign body injuries is heightened in the summer when individuals go barefoot and engage in outdoor activities. A foreign body in the skin is retained material which could be from numerous sources and may result in soft tissue injury. Larger or imbedded foreign bodies require minor surgery.
Jill E. Winland-Brown is a professor at Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, in Boca Raton, Fla. Sandra Allen is a nurse practitioner at American Mobile Dermatology in Boynton Beach, Fla.
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