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While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

Concerns: Unlikely to perforate gut.
Unlikely to digest, but should pass through.
Unlikely to show on x-ray.
Let your doctor know, and be prepared to go to hospital, with abdominal pain.
Eat fiber cereals, bulk to help pass along with adequate daily water. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

No harm will come: It will not cause any harm. The plastic piece will be excreted in the feces sooner or later. ...Read more

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What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

Nothing: Plastic fork pieces are non-toxic and do not have significantly sharp outside edges even if broken. Your intestines are used to reacting to sharp objects by retracting and so penetration is extremely unlikely. Swallowing pieces of plastic cutlery is probably very common and I have seen no reports about this in the medical literature. So don't worry about it. ...Read more

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What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

Watch for symptoms: When you swallow something that is small usually the body gets rid of it in your stools. However, if the object is significantly large it might cause intestinal obstruction which requires immediate evaluation. You might present with abdominal pain and difficulty passing stools. If you are presenting symptoms please consider going to the ED. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

It shall pass too: As long as this is not causing a problem with your breathing it is not an emergency and it will get through the gastrointestinal tract without causing any internal damage. Take care. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a fake plastic tongue piercing what do I do? Will it pass or what should I do? I still feel it going down very slow!

It should pass: It is most likely it will pass in the end. The only way you are going to know for sure is to look for it. An x-ray will show it if it still present but is probably overkill without symptoms. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Tastes like plastic.: As long as you didn't' swallow a plastic milk jug, I think you will be fine. But, if bowel problems should arise, best to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What to do if I accidentally swallowed small pieces of glass? Or plastic? I think it came from my blender? Eat bread and drink water and milk?

What to do if I accidentally swallowed small pieces of glass? Or plastic? I think it came from my blender? Eat bread and drink water and milk?

You will pass it: Small non sharp inert (non poisonous) objects once you pass nor narrowest part of GI tract located just beyond the throat, you will pas it in the stool. In small children you have worry a it may enter respiratory tract, may choke ...Read more

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Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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Q. Hi, I am almost 12 weeks pregnant and my food had tiny particles of plastic (by mistake) so I am worried; in case I accidentally swallowed some : (?

Q. Hi, I am almost 12 weeks pregnant and my food had tiny particles of plastic (by mistake) so I am worried; in case I accidentally swallowed some : (?

Don't worry too much: At the risk of sounding trite, 'this too shall pass.' as long as the particles were small and not any toxic material, they will pass out in a few days. Take care of your baby, eat well, don't smoke or drink, as your OB about medicines, and you will be fine! ...Read more

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Hi there. I was eating and think I might have swallowed a piece of toothpick. What do I do now?

Hi there. I was eating and think I might have swallowed a piece of toothpick. What do I do now?

Usually: A swallowed piece of toothpick ends in the stool. If such a person develops abdominal pain or vomiting of blood or blood in their stool the emergency room evaluation is indicated ...Read more

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I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do I need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity

I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do I need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity

I: I would consult with your doctor. If it was a smooth object like a penny, it would easily pass with your stool. You may have no difficulty passing it; or it could injure tissue as it trasverses through your GI system. ...Read more

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I swallowed hard plastic on accident what could happen?

I swallowed hard plastic on accident what could happen?

It is likely that: This will pass through your body and come out with your feces. ...Read more

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I was eating I think I swallow a piece of plastic from a bag where you put food in well I be alright?

I was eating I think I swallow a piece of plastic from a bag where you put food in well I be alright?

If all goes: Well it should come back out in your bowel. If not, you can get an X-ray if the plastic is radio-opaque to see where it may get stuck. Either way you should wait and monitor. ...Read more

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I swallowed a tiny piece of plastic from a pen by mistake because, it may have been sharp as it broke off, will this do me harm?

I swallowed a tiny piece of plastic from a pen by mistake because, it may have been sharp as it broke off, will this do me harm?

Doubtful: It is unlikely that a tiny piece of plastic will Injure your pharynx, esophagus or intestinal tract if you have no symptoms of discomfort in any of these areas or obvious bleeding or black stools. ...Read more

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I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

Should be fine: This happens often. Don't be concerned. Bread bag ties have gotten trapped in the gut and been found years later. Smaller things pass easily. ...Read more

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I swallowed a rectangular piece of plastic about 7mm by 2mm from a disposable food container (recycle 1)? What are the risks? What should I do?

I swallowed a rectangular piece of plastic about 7mm by 2mm from a disposable food container (recycle 1)? What are the risks? What should I do?

Minimal: There is very little risk the plastic will get stuck in your digestive tract. It will very likely just pass through you as part of your bowel waste without you even being aware of it. ...Read more

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Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

It could be: Harmful, as if it was sharp, it could have damaged your intestinal tract ranging from your esophagus all the way to your colon. But if it was a very small piece, more than likely it became encapsulated by your stool and at this point, you've likely already pooped it out. You can't digest plastic. At this point, you need to monitor for abdominal pain. If you develop pain reach out to your doc. ...Read more

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3yr old swallowed sharp plastic shaped in a "t" about 1" x 1.25".Ped said wait till pass. Any danger symptoms to look for? If doesn't pass, tx options?

3yr old swallowed sharp plastic shaped in a "t" about 1" x 1.25".Ped said wait till pass. Any danger symptoms to look for? If doesn't pass, tx options?

Probably will pass: Even odd shaped things swallowed will usually pass. The most important thing is that it did not get stuck in the bak of the throat, but he would be coufging or gagging. Plastic won't usually show up on xray but it is important to make sure it passes in his stool. Rarely things can get stuck in the bowel wall, but unlikely. I have seen open safety pins pass, so look in the stool. ...Read more

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I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

Asparagus: For most, a small piece will transit out without difficulty within 3-4 days. If you consume some asparagus, especially in the stringy soupy form, it will form a congeal around the foreign object and soften the edges. Little kids swallow all sorts of stuff and my pedi-surgeon friend used this to help avoid having to go find them surgically. ...Read more