A California 5-year-old who suffered a mysterious runny nose for six months finally managed to blow out the cause: a 1.5-inch-long safety pin.

Katelyn Powell of Hemet said three different doctors determined her 5-year-old daughter, Khloe Russell, was suffering from sinus infections and prescribed antibiotics.

"About six months ago, her nose just started [running] out of this one side. Green, green, green constantly and it stunk," Powell told KABC-TV.

She said the antibiotics had no effect on Khloe's nose.

"We went home, did 10 days of medication, didn't work," Powell said. "We took her even to the dentist because we thought it was her teeth -- nothing."

The mother said the answer finally came last weekend when her brother, Khloe's uncle, had the girl blow her nose.

"My brother was like, 'Your nose, it's disgusting. Blow your nose, blow your nose.' And she blows it and out comes the safety pin," Powell said.

The pin, measuring about 1.5 inches long, was black and partially disintegrated.

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"It was a huge object. It was bigger than her nose," Powell said. "We were horrified. I was like, 'Did you put this up there?' She did, but she forgot to tell me."

The 5-year-old said she was using safety pins to build a castle and one of them ended up inside her nose.

Powell said Khloe is feeling much better since the pin came out of her nose.

"Khloe is healing like a champ!" she said in a Facebook post.