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Accidentally ate a really mouldy cinnamon roll (white mould)! Dangerous? If I was to get sick, how long would it take from eating the mould?

Accidentally ate a really mouldy cinnamon roll (white mould)! Dangerous? If I was to get sick, how long would it take from eating the mould?

Possible: The danger is small, but real, as a small number of mould species produce toxins called mycotoxins (fungal toxins). Even if present, unless conditions were just right, no toxins may have been formed. Most cases recognized have occurred by ingestion of foods made from contaminated grains. So, it is unlikely that you will have any ill effects, impossible to say when. ...Read more

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I just accidentally ate tostinos Queso cheese dip that was opened and not refrigerated for about 2 to 3 weeks. Is this going to make me sick?

I just accidentally ate tostinos Queso cheese dip that was opened and not refrigerated for about 2 to 3 weeks. Is this going to make me sick?

Well: Well not the best idea! It will depend on how the cheese is made. I simulator the you will be ok for you did not notice the cheese was moldy or foul tasting Time will tell. But don't do it again ...Read more

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Accidentally ate a bite of really moldy organic bagel. Mold was blue/whiteish? How soon will I have symptoms (which?) if I get sick? What to do next?

Accidentally ate a bite of really moldy organic bagel. Mold was blue/whiteish? How soon will I have symptoms (which?) if I get sick? What to do next?

Moldy Bread: It is unlikely you will get sick from this. If you do it would be a self limited nausea and perhaps vomiting. Drink some milk and other fluids you should be fine. ...Read more

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If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

Probably NOT: Kids can accidentally swallow tiny spiders while playing outdoors. The amount of venom in a tiny bug should not be a problem if swallowed and digested, or if rolled around in the mouth and spit out. A big poisonous spider biting a kid inside his mouth would be bad. If a kid chomped on a spider, it's possible that venom could be absorbed in the mouth; but in the stomach, acid should disable venom. ...Read more

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I accidentally took a bite or two of a very stale moldy graham cracker. I didn't eat the whole cracker. Will this make me sick? Freaking out.

Not seriously: It is unlikely that you will have more than a mild case of food poisoning or gastrointestinal discomfort. Most food molds are not the cause of disease but rather toxins from pathogenic bacteria that may accompany them. Report to your dr if you experience more than a mild diarrhea ...Read more

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Accidentally took two pills of amoxicillin within 1 hour. Will I get sick?

Accidentally took two pills of amoxicillin within 1 hour. Will I get sick?

Okay: You should be fine. You may have some upset stomach or soft stool. Or may not have any symptoms. Either way you should be taking medications as prescribed. ...Read more

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Accidentally drank old bottled water. It was first opened (and drank from) a month ago. Will I get sick? What should I do?

Accidentally drank old bottled water. It was first opened (and drank from) a month ago. Will I get sick? What should I do?

Watch for symptoms: At this point I would recommend to just monitor for any nausea, vomiting, belly pain, loos stools etc. If they occur please seek medical help. You might be fine otherwise as long as feeling fine. ...Read more

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I accidentally took two acid reducer pills within two hours that were meant to be taken 12 hours apart. Will I get sick from it?

I accidentally took two acid reducer pills within two hours that were meant to be taken 12 hours apart. Will I get sick from it?

Very unlikely: By acid reducer I suppose you mean a medication like ranitidine / cimetidine or omeprazole / pantoprazole etc.... These meds are frequently taken in "double dose." ...Read more

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I accidentally picked my nose after touching a public doorknob will I get sick?

I accidentally picked my nose after touching a public doorknob will I get sick?

Little or no risk: If someone with a cold, flu, or a gastrointestinal infection had very recently used the doorknob, there might be a slight risk but extremely unlikely. I'm wondering if you're a germophobe, i.e. abnormally fearful of contamination. If such fear dominates your life, consider counseling. It can be an early sign of serious mental health disability -- rent "The Aviator" to see where this can lead. ...Read more

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I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now?

I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now?

Probably not: Mercury is contained in the newer CFL bulbs, the ones that look like this picture. It is not present in significant amounts in older bulbs. If you got it on your hands, you should wash them well with water and follow the clean-up instructions here:
http://www2.epa. Gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl
Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read more

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Just for reference, do you get sick if you accidentally swallow a piece of thread? What most likely will happened to you? Please help. Am I in danger?

The piece of thread: Will most likely pass through your system. Now - if you ate a whole spool of thread- that might cause a bezoar and be a different matter. You will most likely be fine. ...Read more

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I want to die. I'm so sick of wanting to die. I'm sick of trying to accidentally on purpose overdose. My therapist knows&trusts me2b ok&i'm not. Help?

I want to die. I'm so sick of wanting to die. I'm sick of trying to accidentally on purpose overdose. My therapist knows&trusts me2b ok&i'm not. Help?

Get help: Get help now. Go to an emergency room. At the very least, call a trusted friend or family member and ask them to come be with you and then, in the morning, call your therapist.

This will pass. Be safe until it does. ...Read more

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After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

You may not get sick: It depends on the state of meat before you ate. If the meat was from a healthy animal that was slaughtered and processed hygienically, you may not suffer any ill-effects. If these conditions are not met, illnesses range from gastro-enterititis within hours to parasitic infestations that may take years to express. ...Read more

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Someone sat their naked bum on my pillow and it left a smell - then I slept on it accidentally. Am I going to get sick?

Someone sat their naked bum on my pillow and it left a smell - then I slept on it accidentally. Am I going to get sick?

Unlikely: Although far from hygienic, the odds are that illness will not result from this event. If not already done, recommend washing the pillow and yourself at the earliest opportunity. ...Read more

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Bottom of pan scrapped off and was cooked in gravy accidentally, not sure what its made of. Made myself throw up to be safe. Could this make me sick?

Bottom of pan scrapped off and was cooked in gravy accidentally, not sure what its made of. Made myself throw up to be safe. Could this make me sick?

Do not worry: This cooking mishap is not going to affect your health. You may do more harm by try to throw up. Let it be, the indigestible material will go out with other waste. ...Read more

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I accidentally got some raw egg up my nose while cooking--can this make me sick?

I accidentally got some raw egg up my nose while cooking--can this make me sick?

Raw egg: Is mostly albumin a normal PROTEIN and as such is HARMLESS. However if the egg was "truly' raw (not store bought from healthy chickens there is a very small possibility the egg is contaminated (eg: Salmonella bacteria) The latter is very unlikely!


Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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If grandma accidentally swallowed instead of spit out peroxyl, will she get sick?

If grandma accidentally swallowed instead of spit out peroxyl, will she get sick?

Peroxyl ingestion: Peroxyl (1.5% hydrogen peroxide antiseptic original mint) is made to be put into your mouth. With any intra-oral application it is always expected that some will go down your digestive tract. There is no need to worry about grandma getting sick. ...Read more

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My brother has had a headache and fever for 2 days. I accidentally drank from his cup. Will I become sick too?

My brother has had a headache and fever for 2 days. I accidentally drank from his cup. Will I become sick too?

Maybe: Depends upon how soon after he drank from it, whether it was washed first. If he has a viral illness, hand washing and avoiding intimate contact will minimize your risk of getting infected, but classically these illnesses pass through members of the same household with regularity, and the drinking cup may or may not make any difference. ...Read more

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I accidentally drank out of a water bottle with a bunch of white and grey mold in it. Will I get sick? Should I be concerned?

I accidentally drank out of a water bottle with a bunch of white and grey mold in it. Will I get sick? Should I be concerned?

Relax: Non-human animals never drink "clean" water and do fine. Think about this, and be thankful for good health. Only a few fungi can make you sick and these aren't the ones in dirty kitchenware. ...Read more

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I accidentally took 500x the recommended amount of vitamin b-6. Is this dangerous? I've been doing it for three days and gotten sick.

I accidentally took 500x the recommended amount of vitamin b-6. Is this dangerous? I've been doing it for three days and gotten sick.

Only if continued: B6 is the only b vitamin known to be toxic, but one has to take at least 250 mg (and usually at least 500 mg) a day for several months before this occurs; the problem it causes is peripheral neuropathy and it is reversible after you stop it.
See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/vitaminb6-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Boil water order in neighborhood. Accidentally turned water on hands for split second. Washed hands with bottle water and soap 2x. Will I get sick?

Boil water order in neighborhood. Accidentally turned water on hands for split second. Washed hands with bottle water and soap 2x. Will I get sick?

Not likely: Boil water order is done to kill bacteria in DRINKING water. As long as you did not drink the water you should be ok. Also you used the universal precaution by washing your hands with bottled water and soap which helps preventing spread of ALL germs (bacteria and viruses.) ...Read more

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I accidentally got some snow in my mouth while having a snowball fight. The snow was from the ground so it wasn't clean. Will I get sick with this? : (

I accidentally got some snow in my mouth while having a snowball fight. The snow was from the ground so it wasn't clean. Will I get sick with this? : (

Probably not: This sort of thing happens to people when ever they are having snow fights or other kinds of mud fights or such. Your mouth is not a clean place. It has a lot of organisms. That is why a bite causes so many infections. I would not worry too much about a little snow during a snow fight you're fine ...Read more

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