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My girlfriend stepped on a small piece of glass a couple of days ago. What are the chances that it would cause problems?

My girlfriend stepped on a small piece of glass a couple of days ago. What are the chances that it would cause problems?

Watch it: If you have cleaned the wound and applied antibiotic ointment and bandaid, it should be ok. Watch for increased redness and swelling that could indicate infection ...Read more

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I might have swallowed a small piece of glass (about 2mm length by 1.5mmwidth by 1mm thick). What should I do?

I might have swallowed a small piece of glass (about 2mm length by 1.5mmwidth by 1mm thick). What should I do?

Nothing: A sharp object like a needle or chicken bone that gets stuck in the esophagus needs to be retrieve by endoscopy due to the risk of perforation of the esophagus. If the piece of glass was truly only 2 mm x 1.5 mm it's not likely to get lodged in the esophageal wall due to it's tiny size. It should pass out of your body with your stool. But it you develop pain must see Dr asap. ...Read more

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Could a small piece of glass lodge in your intestines without immediate symptoms in a toddler?

Could a small piece of glass lodge in your intestines without immediate symptoms in a toddler?

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

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I got a small piece of glass in my fingertip 6 weeks ago. Its still there. Not infected, but will hurt if I squeeze the area. What to do?

I got a small piece of glass in my fingertip 6 weeks ago. Its still there. Not infected, but will hurt if I squeeze the area. What to do?

See your doc: He/she should be able to help remove any superficially located foreign body. Be careful about doing this on your own, as you might accidentally force it deeper or leave a wound that may get infected. Best of luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I wanted to know is there a small piece of glass in my foot?

I wanted to know is there a small piece of glass in my foot?

Maybe: If you stepped on glass and aren't sure if there is still a piece inside you should see a podiatrist. Most glass can be seen on an x-ray and can often be removed in the office without having to go to the operating room. If you have swelling, redness, pain and/or drainage these are signs of a possible piece of glass in your foot. ...Read more

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Small piece of glass in foot epsom soak?

Small piece of glass in foot epsom soak?

It can help, but...: Soaking can help to "draw" out the glass, but if it's too deep to see, I would suggest having a podiatrist check it. Removing any foreign body is best done with the right equipment. You want to make sure that you get all of it out so as to avoid an infection which can start from the small piece but spread to the entire body. ...Read more

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There is a small piece of glass in my foot. Should I try to remove it myself or should I see a professional?

There is a small piece of glass in my foot. Should I try to remove it myself or should I see a professional?

Foreign object: Depends, if you can see it or feel it near the surface it may be reasonable to attempt yourself. If unable to, recommend you see a professional as it is very difficult to find sometimes even with the advantages of radiographs, ultrasound and other guiding techniques. ...Read more

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Found a very small piece of glass in sons stool. He was at grandmas yesterday. Rest of stool was normal he's eating & acting fine. What should I do?

Found a very small piece of glass in sons stool. He was at grandmas yesterday. Rest of stool was normal he's eating & acting fine. What should I do?

Interesting find: You don't list an age but i'll assume he is a toddler. I would just monitor the situation and take him in if he has bloody stools or colicy symptoms. Unfortunately, unleaded glass is not evident on x-rays and at this point there is little need to look for more unless he develops symptoms. It should have cut up his mouth if it was any more than just something he swallowed whole. ...Read more

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I found a very small piece of glass in my 2 yo stool today. I'm so scared. How long until I would see internal bleeding so. Would they be obvious?

I found a very small piece of glass in my 2 yo stool today. I'm so scared. How long until I would see internal bleeding so. Would they be obvious?

Glass and youths: Why would you be watching the stool for this? How did a child swallow glass?

If glass is causing bleeding you would know right away. If the child is acting normal it sounds like there is nothing to be worried about. ...Read more

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What would be the best thing to do when you have a small piece of glass at the bottom of your foot. I have had it stuck my foot for over 3 mouths now.

What would be the best thing to do when you have a small piece of glass at the bottom of your foot. I have had it stuck my foot for over 3 mouths now.

See a Podiatrist.: See the podiatrist foot evaluation and treatment. Sometimes a planter wart can cause symptoms similar to having a piece of glass stuck in your foot. ...Read more

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My index finger the second interior joint is purple and has a small buldge in it. It feels like if I were to have a small piece of glass in it.

My index finger the second interior joint is purple and has a small buldge in it. It feels like if I were to have a small piece of glass in it.

? arthritis: Assuming that you don't have a foreign body (a piece of glass or metal under the skin), this is probably an inflamed joint. If ice and over the counter arthritis medications don't help, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and stepped on a small piece of glass that contained lead paint. It punctured my foot. Should I be concerned about lead poisoning?

I'm pregnant and stepped on a small piece of glass that contained lead paint. It punctured my foot. Should I be concerned about lead poisoning?

No: This chance exposure is unlikely to do anything beyond cause an infection at the site, or tetanus. If you cleaned the wound well and monitor the site for redness and swelling you are fine. If it starts looking bad see your doc. Lead toxicity is primarily do to inhaled lead dust or ingested material. Your doc can do a simple blood test if it would give you more peace of mind. ...Read more

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My daughter has a small piece of glass in her foot. Now it's yellow where the glass is and red around that, hard & very raised. Go back to the ER again?

My daughter has a small piece of glass in her foot. Now it's yellow where the glass is and red around that, hard & very raised. Go back to the ER again?

See your doctor: It sounds like antibiotics and removal of the offending piece of glass is in order. If your doctor does not feel comfortable treating this, most podiatrists can be of help in this matter. ...Read more

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Got small piece (s) of glass in bottom of foot. Soaking in epsom now. Any chance (at all) that glass could somehow go up into bloodstream? What 2 do?

Got small piece (s) of glass in bottom of foot. Soaking in epsom now. Any chance (at all) that glass could somehow go up into bloodstream? What 2 do?

Glass in foot: There is near zero chance that the glass could get into your blood stream; even a small chip is way too big. The problems you commonly see is that you may get an infection where the glass cut your skin (this will hurt), or the area may not heal properly with the glass (depending on where it is and how deep). If it is not hurting, it can be safe to just wait. Your body will slowly try to extrude it. ...Read more

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I stepped on a micro piece of glass from a shattered bulb. (~1-5mm in length). I pulled it out cleanly. Small red dot closed instantly. How to tell if something is left? Would it hurt if there was?

I stepped on a micro piece of glass from a shattered bulb. (~1-5mm in length). I pulled it out cleanly. Small red dot closed instantly. How to tell if something is left? Would it hurt if there was?

FBI glass: Small glass piece embedded in. Superficial wounds after complete removal may have pain but not a fb sensation if sensation persists may require exploration glass smaller than 2 mm not visible on x-ray good time to update tetanus if indicated. ...Read more

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I eat some small fragments of glass, what will happen to me?

I eat some small fragments of glass, what will happen to me?

Probably nothing: They will probably stay suspended in your digested food and cause no trouble. Everybody has occasional mishaps like this. Should you develop severe abdominal pain, get seen. ...Read more

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I was eating and I bit something hard it was at a bar what if I swallowed a small price a glass?

I was eating and I bit something hard it was at a bar what if I swallowed a small price a glass?

Glass: The question is, how small or sharp is the glass. Glass can get lodged in the parts of intestine and cause problems. Some times very tiny pieces may not cause any problems and pass out in the stool without complications. Seek medical advice for your gp/ER if you have concerns ...Read more

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Can you tell me about this hype about trace heavy metals, in small glass jars, contaminating their ozonated oil contents?

Can you tell me about this hype about trace heavy metals, in small glass jars, contaminating their ozonated oil contents?

Not really, but...: I may know more about ozonated oils than any Dr. Here but have not heard any hype about trace heavy metals contaminating it and can't find any info online, so would like to know where you heard the hype. Some articles say ozonated oils made with a corona vs. Cold plasma generator may cause contamination of the oil, but don't know what contaminants or any documentation. See http://tinyurl. Com/zaz5eou ...Read more

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So I think I may have swallowed some glass if I did the shards where very small what should I do and what should I watch for?

So I think I may have swallowed some glass if I did the shards where very small what should I do and what should I watch for?

See a doctor: Hard to say if there would be a problem, but I would see a dr. Asap. If you aspirated any of the fragments, I would definitely be seen promptly ...Read more

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What would happen if you inhaled a few very small particles of glass? There is no pain, bleeding, or coughing.

What would happen if you inhaled a few very small particles of glass? There is no pain, bleeding, or coughing.

Inhaling: Once or twice is probably ok. But long term repeated exposure to glass particle can lead to inflammatory change in the lung that can be really bad. ...Read more

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Shared a drink from same glass with a stranger (waitress). Is there any chance of getting any disease or illness from this either large or small?

Shared a drink from same glass with a stranger (waitress). Is there any chance of getting any disease or illness from this either large or small?

Yes: Of course YES is the only way to answer a question like this, because many things are possible in life. The real question is, "Should I worry about it? " That answer is NO, don't worry about it, don't sweat the small stuff. Go out and live life. ...Read more

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I stepped in some glass yesterday and I got the small piece out but I still can feel some in the bottom of my foot and it hurt what should I do.

X-RAY: I would get an x-ray. Glass can be visualized on x-ray down to 0.5mm in size, and the glass does not have to be leaded. If painful, an attempt can be made to find it in the office, but unless it's easily found, I usually go to the OR. ...Read more

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