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A 21-year-old female asked:

occassioanly i see stars, or glitter-like specks floating around the air, i heard its a pretty common occurance, what i'm, a little weary, any advice?

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Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 9 years experience
Common: Not to worry, you are seeing after images of the blood flow inside your eyes. Now if you are seeing bright flashing specks, this may be more worrisome, if followed numerous by gray floaters.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes.

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What will happen if someone ingests glitter?

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A 38-year-old member asked:

I accidentally inhaled cosmetic glitter. Please help! need advice!?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
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Are you allergic?: If it is in your nose get a q tip and remove it. If you think you have swallowed it or have been coughing it up you may have aspirated it. If it is just a few specs remove what you can from your nose and see if you feel fine. If by morning you are not better call your doctor to check your lungs. If you think you accidentally swallowed it , take maalox to protect your stomach. Do not panick.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

For the past 10 years or so I've been seeing glittery spots only when I do something strenuous or if I stand up to fast. What is causing this?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Several possibilitie: I would need more information. Important questions would be your age, if your baseline blood pressure was too high or too low, if you are on hypertensive medications, if you have any medical problems that are being treated. In general, since it has been going on for 10 years, it is unlikely that it is anything serious. But a good general checkup with a PCP, including blood testing is first.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Might have swallowed a very tiny sized piece of glass the size of a piece if glitter should I worry? It's been since 7pm and its 8am now I seem ok now

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Dr. Wilbert Warren
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Glass swallower : You should not worry. This is too small to cause blockage or bleeding. With an object that tiny, it is more risky to intervene to remove it. Likelihood, you will pass it in stool but may be too small to see. Eat plenty of fiber to bulk stool and drink plenty of fluids. These will promote regular bowel movements and passage.

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