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what would happen if you swallow a toothpick

A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
It should pass: out in your bowel movement. If severe pain, go to ER.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Toothpicks: Swallowing a toothpick can become serious. The smaller the piece, the less likely you are to have a problem. There is always a chance of a perforation ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Toothpick: You should pass the toothpick in your atool
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman
31 years experience Family Medicine
You are ok: It should pass harmlessly
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Probably no issues: The gum most likely will be passed through the gastrointestinal tract and you should be fine. If you do experience any constipation or abdominal pain ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
How much ?: If you just swallowed a very tiny bit you should be fine.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Go to emergency room: Button battery can cause severe problems in the esophagus, including perforation.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
Nothing serious: Swallowing chewing gum usually does not cause any health problems, except maybe a stomach ache. The gum will normally pass through the intestinal tra ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
If it's lit.: Burn hazard aside, the nicotine contained in a single cigarette is not dangerous to an adult. The same cannot be said for infants and toddlers- 2mg (t ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Webber
31 years experience Cardiology
No prob: Should be ok. Will end up in the toilet bowl by and by without incident.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Might get sick: Depends on how much. It can be up to 19% alcohol, so not so good. The mix of everything might give you a stomach problem or cause you to vomit ... Or ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Go to the ER: Any electronic device that is swallowed requires emergent evaluation. This is especially important for batteries (the small disc batteries tend to fi ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cathy Waterloo
29 years experience Dentistry
How much?: If you swallow a little, nothing. If you swallow alot, you may be nauseous or have diarrhea.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical emergency: A needle can puncture through any part of the digestive system and would have to be removed immediately. The person who swallowed the needle should b ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Nothign: The mosquito will die.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Lieblick
20 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
How much is a lot?: As an adult, you'd have to actively be trying to eat toothpaste to have any adverse affect. It likely would make you nauseated. A child can have the ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Not Likely: Only if the tooth was not swallowed and got stuck or it went intoyour respiratory tract and you aspirated it instead of swallowing it. Otherwise, if i ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
X-ray: An x-ray would be able to tell you.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
YOU NEED TO BE TAKEN: To emergency room asap.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
37 years experience Family Medicine
Take liquid meds: You can take chewable or liquid children's Ibuprofen or acetominophen. You can also use topical agents such as anbesol or orajel.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Tomasello
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See below: I would go immediately to the emergency room !!! they could take an x-ray you need to get evaluated immediately !!!! good luck thank you
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Observe: Most likely this will not cause you you problems and will pass harmlessly through your GI tract. Concerning symptoms to be on the lookout for would in ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
More info needed..: Can't tell if your question is related to an anterior tooth (esthetics) or a posterior tooth. If the single malpositioned tooth is of concern, speak t ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
See a doctor: you need to go and see a doctor to make sure you did not do any damage and you should not put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow
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