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May Have Swallowed A Tiny Piece Of Glass
not likely: Bowel obstruction from food or other ingested bezoar is rare. A raisin stem is very small and therefore able to navigate most GI systems. If you have abdominal symptoms, okay to start a bowel regimen to manage constipation. Constipation is much more likely to negatively impact your day to day GI tract. Be well. ...Read more
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
I had a very small minor cut about 1/4 inch from a rusty paper clip. A tiny piece of black dust got stuck in it overnight . Do I need a tetanus shot?
Got a tiny cut on my foot by a piece of glass yesterday. It is very tender and starting to get bumpy. Could there be a small piece of glass inside?
Not much: It should pass without incident.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was drinking a glass bottled beverage. I noticed a small piece of glass in the drink. I threw it away. What if i did ingest a small piece of glass?
Ingesting Glass: Sharp objects such as glass fragments might be expected to cause damage but rarely do so because of the gentle way in which the bowel handles them. Small splinters or spikes could cause perforation but this is very unusual. A small perforation rarely leads to peritonitis and usually heals quickly with any leakage contained. Small fragments may also cause a little bleeding into the bowel. ...Read more
I cut my hand with a piece of glass already thrown into the garbage . A shard of glass cut through a slit open a wound that had to. Covered immediately ?
Hand lacerations: May be simple/complex depending upon anatomy. If you have a known injury with glass, it is important to have the glass removed. Small punctate tiny minuscule fragments may not have any effect on structures if they are in the subcutaneous space, but locations such as deep to the fascia may result in injury. If you have a discoloration or increasing pain then infection should be ruled out. Get seen ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Toddlers swallow lots of foreign bodies (fb). If such a fb makes it beyond the esophagus (swallowing tube), into the stomach, we usually just watch it, advising parents to watch for it in the stool. If the fb is very sharp or big, we give more thought to removing it. Most FBS will make it thru the GI tract without causing problems. If pain, vomiting, or fever occurs, seek care immediately. ...Read more
I just swallowed a piece of plastic, about a inch in size. It came from the plastic that surrounds a tube of cookie dough. Should I be concerned?
Will CauseNoPronkem: Small amount of tea tree oil ingestion will not cause any problem. It is often used for gum infections by some.Just drink some extra fluids ...Read more
I may have swallowed small pieces of porcelain with my meal. Should I be concerned? Not sure, I found a few small pieces toward the end of my meal..
No: Whatever little pieces of stuff are accidentally swallowed (including little bones, seeds, plastic, glass, metal, etc...) will be pooped out. Dangerous objects are magnets, button batteries, and larger or sharper intentionally-eaten items. ...Read more
I passed a 3mm piece of something today. It is rubbery, brown, has a black grainy core and is shaped like a shard of glass. Can stones be soft?
Black Stone?: Pigment stones - which are typically brown-black- can be soft. The more cogent question is why are you forming pigment stones to begin with? Typically, at your age, a urinary infection, or less commonly, a blood hemolytic process, is to blame. I would follow up with a urologist or your primary care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally ate a really small, tiny piece of tin foil with the food I cooked in the oven, will it be digested okay?
Unlikely to harm: A small piece of foil should pass through the stomach and intestines un digested. It is unlikely to cause any problems. See your doctor if you develop any symptoms. ...Read more
Lots. see md: May simply be inadequate fiber in diet, lack of fluid intake, physical inactivity, meds, depression, gut motility issues. Could also be more significant problems, e.G diverticulosis, diverticulitis, polyps, tumors, cancet, other. Had a colonoscopy? When? May need to repeat. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didnt choke. Can this cause a disease or will i just poop it out and be fine?
Drank a bottle of tea and felt something in my mouth.Spit it out and it was a small shard of glass. Saw glass on the cap to.Not sure if i ingested any?
You should be okay.: Lots of sharp objects pass through the GI tract without causing problems. Glass is inert, so it should not react with digestive enzymes, so you are safe there too. If you develop any symptoms though you should see a doctor of course. ...Read more
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