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I accidentally swallowed metal and there is blood. What should I do?

I accidentally swallowed metal and there is blood. What should I do?

Depends: You didn't describe what the metal was or the blood. If you swallowed a jagged, sharp piece of metal or one which is in a shape which might get lodged in your GI tract or it was particularly large - it would be important to have this assessed. If you swallowed metal such as a penny, that would be likely to pass on it's own. When in doubt seek medical care. Read more

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My boyfriend works at a factory and today he accidentally swallowed a very small, but sharp piece of metal. Should we be concerned?

My boyfriend works at a factory and today he accidentally swallowed a very small, but sharp piece of metal. Should we be concerned?

Small/non toxic: As long as it passed through to his stomach and it is non toxic it will become coated and pass through the remainder of his digestive system. If he has symptoms of difficulty swallowing, vomiting, abdominal pain, blood in his stool or if it is a poisonous substance; he should be seen. All the best. Read more

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I swallowed a metal pen lid. What should I do?

I swallowed a metal pen lid. What should I do?

Foreign body: In general when swallowing a foreign body such as a pen lid you can expect to pass the foreign object in your stool in 5-7 days. Check your stools daily Sometimes eating bread or food helps to pass the foreign body more rapidly Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a dime. What should I do?

I accidentally swallowed a dime. What should I do?

Swallowing a Dime: Usualy a dime will pass through without any ill effects. Are you sure it was a dime - if it was a thin wafer-type battery it could cause lots of harm.? Read more

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Please help me! I accidently swallowed some mash wash?

Please help me! I accidently swallowed some mash wash?

MouthWash?: Although some mouthwashes contain alcohol, swallowing a small amount should not cause you significant harm. However, in general, mouthwash should be swished and spit out. Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a strawberry whole. Is this bad?

I accidentally swallowed a strawberry whole. Is this bad?

Strawberry: I agree w dr. Wright. If you were going to aspirate it (have it drop into your actual airway) you would have known immediately. It is important to masticate (chew) your food well before swallowing. It is safer & begins the digestion process. Read more

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What should I do if I accidentally swallowed a dime? Would it get disgested?

What should I do if I accidentally swallowed a dime? Would it get disgested?

Relax: Swallowing a dime shouldn't be an issue, and will likely pass without consequence in your bm. See dr if: choked, vomiting, wheezing, abdominal pain. ***not all small objects can be safely allowed to pass in bm. Magnets and button batteries are very serious ingestions, and require immediate treatment to avoid esophageal or bowel perforation. Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you accidentally swallowed a lego could you die from it?

I'm just wondering, if you accidentally swallowed a lego could you die from it?

Should be ok: Plastic without sharp edges should be passed. If the person experiences any abdominal discomfort they should be evaluated in the er immediately as an abdominal obstruction is possible (and an emergency). Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a large piece of meatball. How do I know if this is dangerous?

I accidentally swallowed a large piece of meatball. How do I know if this is dangerous?

It's ok: It's not. It would have been dangerous if it went through your airway. If it's in your stomach you're fine. This is the case since you're breathing. ;) Read more

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I think I swallowed a small piece of metal from a can of sauce.! What do I do.? I'm freaking out.?

I think I swallowed a small piece of metal from a can of sauce.! What do I do.? I'm freaking out.?

You're ok: Most foreign body ingestions can be managed conservatively. If you are not sure about having ingested a foreign body, then it could not have been very large. In this case, if it has entered your stomach, it will likely pass in less than four days, probably sooner. If you develop any gastrointestinal symptoms, you can see your doctor. He might order an abdominal x-ray and manage you expectantly. Read more

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I think I swallowed metal shavings that was in my canned corn. What signs should I look out for if I did??

I think I swallowed metal shavings that was in my canned corn. What signs should I look out for if I did??

Nothing special: If you are really concerned eat some stewed okra. It will form a congeal around any foreign objects and make sure they slide through your gut easier. A pedi surgeon friend of mine told me about this decades ago. He hated chasing down screws that kids ate. Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a cherry seed. Is it okay?

I accidentally swallowed a cherry seed. Is it okay?

Odds are that it: Will pass right through you with no problem. Did you know that in order to germinate, a cherry pit needs to pass through the GI track of a bird first. Read more

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I may have accidentally swallowed mouthwas. What will happen?

I may have accidentally swallowed mouthwas. What will happen?

Probably nothing: It depends on the mouthwash and if you have issues with allergies. In order to be sold over the counter the mouthwashes have to prove that they are safe if ingested on a limited basis. Read more

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What would happen if you accidentally swallow a string of mardi gras beads?

I would be concerned: That if the beads became tangled in the GI tract that it could cause an obstruction. How drunk does one have to be to accidentally swallow a string of mardi gras beads? If one just swallowed some beads, I woudl say let them pass. However, if it is a string - I would encourage medical evaluation. Read more

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Can swallowing flies accidently cause illness?

Can swallowing flies accidently cause illness?

Anything's possible: It would have to be a fly with an illness or germ that it is carrying, most would probably perish in a usual stomach environment. Read more

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What to do if accidentally swallowed water from flood?

What to do if accidentally swallowed water from flood?

Generally: Generally you should be ok but sometimes you can have gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhea and things like that, that will go away rather quickly. If you have fever and more symptoms then go to the doctor for an appropriate evaluation as you could have an infection of sorts. Read more

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What happens if someone accidentally swallows a cigarette?

What happens if someone accidentally swallows a cigarette?

Probably will ok: As long as the cigarette doesn't go down the lung, the gastrointestinal tract will clear the swallowed cigarette. Read more