A 59-year-old female asked:
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what will happen if you swallowed a piece of hair down the wrong way. mine or anyone else hair?

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Dr. Raid Saco
Dr. Raid Saco answered
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Mostly no harm: If the wrong way is the wind pipe, then your body will respond by coughing it out. If the wrong way is the food pipe, then it will go to the stomach and will end up out of the body through the stool. But ingesting large amount of hair (as in psychiatric patients) can lead to hair ball in stomach with subsequent obstruction.
Answered on Jan 20, 2019
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