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Cooked or alive?: Escargot is a delicious appetizer. Usually cooked in butter, so one can just wipe with a napkin if an escargot falls onto his hands. For real live garden snails or slugs, if one touches a person, then "he's been slimed"! . . . . Actually, it's no big deal. He can just wipe the slimy spot off his skin, and wash up when he gets home. ...Read more
Not really: Yes children can be injured in many ways of not only chemical rneans, but the number of microbes and tiny nasties that are waiting in dirt is numerous. Gi symptoms are number one. I assume this was a brief encounter. If possible, capture the snail for your pediatrician. Most important is letting your pediatrician know asap. Please do not wait. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Probably None: Lattice degeneration (ld) of the retina is a peripheral thinning that may develop holes within the thinning or along the edge of the ld. The vitreous forms a lacuna over the lattice attached along its edge. The "edge" holes are high risk due to poss vitreous traction and treated with laser. Ld usually looks like a lattice fence, hence the name. Snail track looks whiter but otherwise the same. ...Read more
My one year old put a garden snail in her mouth. Is there anything I should be worried about? Should I take her to the Dr?
IN US not dangerous: You need to know if the snail was in an area that there are snail bites. They can have metaldehyde and cause poisoning like tremors, twitching and seizures. If the snail was in your garden and you do not use these bites you are probably ok. The snails in the US by themselves are not dangerous ...Read more
My mum took out a snail from the vegetables and she just wash her hands with water then started washing fruits and cooking WIll I eat any parasites?
No: Snails are key in the life-cycle of schistosomes but you don't acquire them except in particular places and the danger is contact with the water. It's not carried on food. ...Read more