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I swallowed a small piece of glue and need to know if I will die from it.

Call Poison Control: Likely not, but depends on type, amount, when. Call Poison Control now. They will help guide you as to what to do. ...Read more

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I think I swallowed a small piece of metal from a can of sauce.! What do I do.? I'm freaking out.?

I think I swallowed a small piece of metal from a can of sauce.! What do I do.? I'm freaking out.?

You're ok: Most foreign body ingestions can be managed conservatively. If you are not sure about having ingested a foreign body, then it could not have been very large. In this case, if it has entered your stomach, it will likely pass in less than four days, probably sooner. If you develop any gastrointestinal symptoms, you can see your doctor. He might order an abdominal x-ray and manage you expectantly. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

No harm will come: It will not cause any harm. The plastic piece will be excreted in the feces sooner or later. ...Read more

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I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

Asparagus: For most, a small piece will transit out without difficulty within 3-4 days. If you consume some asparagus, especially in the stringy soupy form, it will form a congeal around the foreign object and soften the edges. Little kids swallow all sorts of stuff and my pedi-surgeon friend used this to help avoid having to go find them surgically. ...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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I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

Should be fine: This happens often. Don't be concerned. Bread bag ties have gotten trapped in the gut and been found years later. Smaller things pass easily. ...Read more

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Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

It could be: Harmful, as if it was sharp, it could have damaged your intestinal tract ranging from your esophagus all the way to your colon. But if it was a very small piece, more than likely it became encapsulated by your stool and at this point, you've likely already pooped it out. You can't digest plastic. At this point, you need to monitor for abdominal pain. If you develop pain reach out to your doc. ...Read more

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Swallowed a small piece of bread, went down the wrong pipe, not choking but feels weird, read about this possibly causing a bad case of pneumonia, ?

Swallowed a small piece of bread, went down the wrong pipe, not choking but feels weird, read about this possibly causing a bad case of pneumonia, ?

Aspiration: What you describe is an aspiration event. Usually, our reflexes protect our airway from foreign objects getting down into the lungs. Certain populations are at higher risk for aspiration pneumonia, usually due to a failure of these reflexes. I would monitor your symptoms and follow up with your doctor if you develop fever or persistent cough. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

It shall pass too: As long as this is not causing a problem with your breathing it is not an emergency and it will get through the gastrointestinal tract without causing any internal damage. Take care. ...Read more

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Adult maybe swallowed a small piece of a rib bone. Any concerns, no symptoms, not sure if he swallowed it, ?

Adult maybe swallowed a small piece of a rib bone. Any concerns, no symptoms, not sure if he swallowed it, ?

How small?: Small bone fragments may pass harmlessly through your gut. However, if they turn sideways, they may get stuck at any point. This may cause local inflammation (in the esophagus and throat it may feel like something is stuck when it is not), rupture, foreign body reactions, and impede eating as food backs up behind the obstructing bone. Tiny bone fragments may not be readily found on x-ray. ...Read more

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My daughter thinks she has swallowed a small piece of lego. She woke up crying but has now gone back to sleep?

My daughter thinks she has swallowed a small piece of lego. She woke up crying but has now gone back to sleep?

That is great: If it was in her air way you would not have the time to write now. So the piece of plastic was in her esophagus and has by now almost certainly passed into her stomach. It has no sharp edges or points so it will just pass out of her via her stool probably in 3-4 days time. If she gets really cranky and her abdomen tightens up (I think very unlikely) then she has to be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby swallowed a small piece of hair (my husband moustache) will it be a problem? What can I do? Am.already worried Pls help

My 5 month old baby swallowed a small piece of hair (my husband moustache) will it be a problem? What can I do? Am.already worried Pls help

Relax: This to shall pass. Prepare for other strange items. It seems babies/toddlers use their sense of taste as part of exploring their world. The main items I worry about are drugs/button batteries and small magnets. Keep these away from baby and life will be easier. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Tastes like plastic.: As long as you didn't' swallow a plastic milk jug, I think you will be fine. But, if bowel problems should arise, best to be evaluated. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone. He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp. What to do?

My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone. He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp. What to do?

Not a problem: Button batteries, pieces of jagged metal, carpet tacks, straight pins or needles I worry about, this I ignore if it makes it into the stomach. (if he can drink it went in okay). ...Read more

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I swallowed a small piece of chicken bone lastnite it is in my throat I can feel it whenever I try to hack it up and its not coming out, what to do?

I swallowed a small piece of chicken bone lastnite it is in my throat I can feel it whenever I try to hack it up and its not coming out, what to do?

Foreign body: This is a common occurrence for people. Fortunately, most of the time, it is a scratch in the throat that you are feeling and not the actual chicken bone. However, I would recommend that you go to a walk-in or ED, where an X-ray can be done to check for a retained bone. If this is the case, a brief surgical procedure would be necessary to remove it. ...Read more

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My 3 year old dd swallowed a small piece of a balloon 4 days ago. Tonight she woke up with severe stomach pain. Could it be from the balloon?

My 3 year old dd swallowed a small piece of a balloon 4 days ago. Tonight she woke up with severe stomach pain. Could it be from the balloon?

Belly pain: Hello, If your daughter is in severe abdominal pain right now, you should proceed to the ER to have her evaluated. It may be that the piece of the balloon is obstructing one of the "hang up" points in the GI tract that foreign bodies can get stuck, or she may have something else going on. In either case, sudden onset of sever abdominal pain should be evaluated immediately. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have a small piece of bone stuck in my throat? I was eating chicken and I swallowed a small piece of bone. I can feel it stuck in my throat but it doesn't hurt, it is just uncomfortable and I don't know what to do to get it out.

What do I do if I have a small piece of bone stuck in my throat? I was eating chicken and I swallowed a small piece of bone. I can feel it stuck in my throat but it doesn't hurt, it is just uncomfortable and I don't know what to do to get it out.

This: This isn't something you are likely to remove yourself nor should you try. Most sharp thin foreign bodies (whether it be chicken bones, fish bones, etc.) typically lodge in recesses or pouches we call the vallecula (at base of tongue) or in the pyriform sinus (on the side of the voicebox) and, therefore, are usually inaccessible to the patient. You should be seen by an ENT physician for a good fiberoptic exam. If nothing is obviously seen but symptoms persist, we generally recommend direct laryngoscopy and exam under anaesthesia for a better look. Impacted foreign bodies unattended to will incite an inflammatory response and make symptoms worsen over time. ...Read more

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My son swallowed a small Lego piece. He is not showing any discomfort or chocking. Seems fine. Do I need to worry?

My son swallowed a small Lego piece. He is not showing any discomfort or chocking. Seems fine. Do I need to worry?

Not really: If he can drink any fluids now you know it made it to the stomach. Now you have a 3-4 day wait until it passes through to the other end. I would ignore the event and focus on the events you can control. ...Read more

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If I swallowed a very small piece of aluminum, can my stomach acid dissolve it?

No: If you look in basic chemistry. Acid does not really dissolve aluminum. It should pass undigested through your gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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May have swallowed a very small thin piece of my permanent retainer about this size (-------) should I be worried

May have swallowed a very small thin piece of my permanent retainer about this size (-------) should I be worried

Wait and watch it to: You need to wait for a couple of days that it takes to go down the intestines and out through the stool.
Unless you experience some pain in your belly, you can relax and not worry about it. I do not expect any serious problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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My boyfriend works at a factory and today he accidentally swallowed a very small, but sharp piece of metal. Should we be concerned?

My boyfriend works at a factory and today he accidentally swallowed a very small, but sharp piece of metal. Should we be concerned?

Small/non toxic: As long as it passed through to his stomach and it is non toxic it will become coated and pass through the remainder of his digestive system. If he has symptoms of difficulty swallowing, vomiting, abdominal pain, blood in his stool or if it is a poisonous substance; he should be seen. All the best. ...Read more

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