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Swallowed chewing gum what are symptoms to know it is in throat?

Swallowed chewing gum what are symptoms to know it is in throat?

You would likely: Feel it if caught in throat. Usually there isn't a problem if gum is swallowed. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

Chewing Gum (Definition)

Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more


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Would you know if you aspirated chewing gum? Swallowed and felt like it was stuck in the back of my throat, but didn't choke or cough.

Would you know if you aspirated chewing gum? Swallowed and felt like it was stuck in the back of my throat, but didn't choke or cough.

Not likely: A healthy 23 yo is not one to suffer "silent aspiration". The back of your throat is sensitive and you may feel " something is stuck" thou it is clear. Take small sips of lukewarm water a few times, if you can get the warm liquid down okay - you are likely okay. ...Read more

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May be a silly question, but I swallowed a chewing gum the other day and have a feeling it's stuck in my throat, is this possible? Sinus problems

May be a silly question, but I swallowed a chewing gum the other day and have a feeling it's stuck in my throat, is this possible? Sinus problems

Anything's possible: Highly improbable, but should be investigated. There could be other reasons for the sensation of something stuck in your throat. Call your primary care physician. Referral to Ear/Nose/Throat specialist may be in order. ...Read more

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How to rid of tiny chewing gum stuck in throat for days?

How to rid of tiny chewing gum stuck in throat for days?

Gargle; see ENT: If you truly have a foreign body stuck in throat then ENT doc may be able to fish it out. If it only feels that way ("globus sensation"), ENT exam will be able to evaluate and start rx. Sometimes, globus sensation is due to stress, sometimes due to acid reflux, other. ...Read more

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While chewing gum I tend to get headaches and my throat becomes sore. Why is this?

TMD: Also known as temperomandibular dysfunction is a condition when jaw joint discomfort follows hard use. Chewing gum vigorously may be taxing your tmj beyond its comfort zone. I see this almost daily but the sore throat component is not as common. Perhaps you are reacting to the gum flavoring. Chew less often, more gently, and try a different flavor of sugar free gum to see if your symptoms diminish ...Read more

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I was chewing gum and after a little while the left side of my throat started to itch, same with my left ear. I'm I allergic to gum? PS happenedbefore

I was chewing gum and after a little while the left side of my throat started to itch, same with my left ear. I'm I allergic to gum? PS happenedbefore

Definite possibility: If this happens repeatedly, and/or with a specific brand/flavor of gum I think it would be safe to make the assumption you may have a mild allergy to it. Depending on how long you've experienced this and if you can narrow it down to more specifics and reoccurence, I would either just make a rule to avoid that gum, OR you could choose to have a specialist take a look at you as well (ENT) for opinion ...Read more

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

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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Have researchers discovered some risks to swallowing chewing gum?

Have researchers discovered some risks to swallowing chewing gum?

Chewing gum: Usually there isn't a problem as it passes through the body. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. Lack of absorbtion of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...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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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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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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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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How do doctors remove chewing gum you swallow?

Usually pretty safe.: 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). ...Read more

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Could swallowing some chewing gum cause pains in stomach?

Could swallowing some chewing gum cause pains in stomach?

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

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I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do?

See an ENT: I know it sounds simple to say, but at this point you may want to visit an ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do? Word2

Try nose spray: You may want to try a nasal decongestant like afrin or neosynephrine for 3 days as directed. There is a tube between the inside of the ear and the back of the nose which gets swollen when you are sick with a cold, etc. The sprays can help sometimes decrease swelling and open up the ears and help you pop them gently. You can also take a pill decongestant which might help. ...Read more

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What should I do if my child swallows his chewing gum? Does it get digested?

What should I do if my child swallows his chewing gum? Does it get digested?

Swallowed chewin gum: It does not get absorped but passes inthe stools sooner or later. ...Read more

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Can swallowing too much chewing gum really cause an obstruction in the appendix?

Can swallowing too much chewing gum really cause an obstruction in the appendix?

No: The only real risk, and its rare, is something called a bezoar (indigestible material) which can cause an obstruction in the digestive tract. However, the risk is very rare, and your appendix is not generally at risk. If you imagine the number of people, especially kids, who swallow gum all around the world every day, the risk of choking on a piece of gum is much higher than anything else. ...Read more

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My stomach has been feeling weird ever since I swallowed some chewing gum - should I be concerned?

My stomach has been feeling weird ever since I swallowed some chewing gum - should I be concerned?

Chewing gum: Usually there isn't a problem. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. Lack of absorption of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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

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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I'm just wondering, if you swallow your chewing gum does it make you put on weight?

I'm just wondering, if you swallow your chewing gum does it make you put on weight?

It normally goes: Through you. Most of it can't be absorbed. 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). ...Read more

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If a 5 year old child swallowed chewing gum, do we need to fear about it?

If a 5 year old child swallowed chewing gum, do we need to fear about it?

Nothing specific: It will pass through the system as an undigestable piece of debris. The myths your mother told you about this are just that, a myth. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more