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Doctor insights on: Is It Dangerous To Swallow Gum

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Is it dangerous to swallow gum?

Is it dangerous to swallow gum?

NO: Though your body can't digest it, it passes through your digestive track in a smooth lump and is excreted in your stool 24 to 72 hours later. Large amounts of digested gum have the potential to block your colon and will lead to discomfort. ...Read more

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Was gargling with 3% hydrogen peroxide for a cut in my gums and swallowed a little. Is this dangerous?

Was gargling with 3% hydrogen peroxide for a cut in my gums and swallowed a little. Is this dangerous?

Not particularly: As long as it was just a little. Hydrogen peroxide is water (H2O) with an extra oxygen atom added (H2O2) so its not like you've ingested poison. ...Read more

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Gum abcess burst is it dangerous if I swallowed pus?

Gum abcess burst is it dangerous if I swallowed pus?

Abscess: Probably not dangerous since gastric acid will destroy most bacteria, but this should be seen by a dentist and treated aggressively. Do not wait. ...Read more

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Will I get sick if I swallow gum?

Not usually: Doubt it will have any effect if down on occasion but would avoid doing it on a regular basis because there is no benefit to doing it. ...Read more

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Do you swallow more air when you chew gum?

Probably: We tend to swallow air all day long when we eat or just normal swallowing. ...Read more

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What to do if I swallowed gum what should I do?

What to do if I swallowed gum what should I do?

Drink plenty: Of water. As long as you didn't aspirate it, you're fine. It won't be a good idea to chew gum when people are drunk. Their reflexes are compromised and can accidentally go to the trachea. ...Read more

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What happens to your insides when you swallow gum?

Nothing: Should just pass without incident but you should not make a habit of swallowing gum. ...Read more

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What can happen to you overtime if you swallow gum?

What can happen to you overtime if you swallow gum?

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 then consult your md. ...Read more

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What would happen if you swallowed your chewing gum?

What would happen if you swallowed your chewing gum?

No harm: Nothing will happen. It is a common concern, but it is completely safe. The gum will just pass. ...Read more

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What happens when a person swallows a piece of eraser or gum?

What happens when a person swallows a piece of eraser or gum?

Probably no issues: The eraser or gum most likely will be passed through the gastrointestinal tract and you should be fine. If you do experience any constipation or abdominal pain then consult your md. Another more serious potential problem is that the objects become dislodged in your lung. If you experience any shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing go straight to the er. ...Read more

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For how long does gum stay in your system after you swallow it?

For how long does gum stay in your system after you swallow it?

Depends: The length of time the gum remains in your digestive tract depends on you and your bowel movements. If you have frequent bowel movements the gum will likely be excreted fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Accidently swallowed chewing gum, would my upset be because of that?

Accidently swallowed chewing gum, would my upset be because of that?

Usually ok: Usually there isn't a problem as the gum will pass harmlessly through the body. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction (http://pediatrics.Aappublications. Org/content/102/2/e22.Full).

Lack of absorption of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I swallow a piece of gum (on accident) and it feels like its still there how can I make it go away?

I swallow a piece of gum (on accident) and it feels like its still there how can I make it go away?

See a GI: Gum usually doesn't stick in the throat unless you have an obstruction. If you can eat other food there is nothing to worry about. If you can't swollow solids and or liquids go to a gastroenterologist. You may nned an endoscopy if it persists. ...Read more

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What to do if I swallowed bubble gum what do I do?

Don't worry about it: Don't worry about swallowing gum once. Your body, digestive tract can handle this. It will not harn you. ...Read more

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I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. Could this cause any problems as an adult?

I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. Could this cause any problems as an adult?

No: As with food products, gum too will pass through the gut without problem. Some studies have shown chewing gum to be effective in reducing symptoms of gastric reflux (heartburn). But there have been no studies showing that swallowing gum is problematic. ...Read more

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Are there any myths to gum swallowing?

Are there any myths to gum swallowing?

Intestinal blockage: The myth of creating intestinal blockage

in reality this does not happen. ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow chewing gum?

What happens if you swallow chewing gum?

Likely nothing: Chewing gum should pass harmlessly through your digestive system. But don't make a habit of swallowing it. ...Read more

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What are some effects of swallowing gum?

What are some effects of swallowing gum?

None: Unless you are a child and have swallowed a lot of gum (which can cause intestinal blockage), there are no harmful side effects. ...Read more

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Wondering why musn't I swallow a chewing gum?

Bezoars: Chewing gum bezoars have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens if you swallow chewing gum?

Usually nothing of: Significance. However there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Is it really bad to swallow chewing gum? What happens to the gum?

Usually not a big: Deal. Usually there isn't a problem as the gum will pass harmlessly through the body. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction (http://pediatrics.Aappublications. Org/content/102/2/e22.Full). Lack of absorption of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can arise from swallowing gum on a daily basis?

Probably none: Most of the time swallowing gum will not cause any harm. Gum generally passes through the intestinal tract undigested. It is possible if you swallowed gum daily and had poor gastric emptying you could form a large mass of gum (bezoar) in your stomach but this is very unlikely. There is no reason to swallow it though. ...Read more

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Will my 5th grade child get sick from swallowing a some chewing gum about every other day?

Unlikely: Chewing gum is essentially undigestible debris that will pass trhu the digestive tract and be expelled without problems. The myth that it will some how "gum" up the system is just that, a myth. ...Read more

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My son swallowed 10 bubble gums after chewing. He is 4yr and 5mths. What do I do to make it flush out?

It will pass: Swallowed chewing gum normally passes through the intestinal tract without incident. Syrup of ipecac and induced vomiting is no longer recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...Read more