Steve Easton with the toy sucker he sneezed out of his nose
Steve Easton, 51, blamed hay fever for frequent bouts of the sniffles or headaches.
But his sinuses are now clear for the first time after one big blow last week immediately solved the problem.
He did a massive sneeze and out flew the sucker tip lodged in his nasal cavity since 1971.
Steve, of Camberley, Surrey, said: “I started a sneezing fit and it came out my left nostril.
"I thought, 'What's this? Where the hell has this come from?' and pulled out this rubber sucker. I was astonished.
“I spoke to my mum and she said, ‘Oh yes, we took you to hospital when you were seven because we thought you had inhaled one’.”
His mum and dad Pat and Quentin, both 77, who now live in Flackwell Heath, Bucks, told how they found him playing with his dart gun at their home and noticed one of the rubber tips was missing.
Mum-of-three Pat said: “Steve said he’d swallowed it and there was just one of these darts without a tip. I took him to the hospital and the doctors spent a lot of time looking for it but in the end they said perhaps it was a mistake.
“I knew that it wasn’t and i has always worried me and then now it has suddenly shot out.
It was weird. We are all shocked.”
Steve has suffered from hay fever and the sniffles all his life but as far as he is aware the sucker caused him no other health issues.
He had no idea it was there until he was sitting at home using his computer when the dart tip, the same size as a 1p coin, appeared.
Steve said: “I brought it up with my doctor and he was amazed like everybody else but said there had been no harm done. It's just one of
those things. I feel no different now.
“I wonder if there’s anything else up there...”