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Doctor insights on: What Kind Of Problems Can Arise From Swallowing Gum On A Daily Basis

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What kind of problems can arise from swallowing gum on a daily basis?

What kind of problems can arise from swallowing gum on a daily basis?

Probably none: Most of the time swallowing gum will not cause any harm. Gum generally passes through the intestinal tract undigested. It is possible if you swallowed gum daily and had poor gastric emptying you could form a large mass of gum (bezoar) in your stomach but this is very unlikely. There is no reason to swallow it though. ...Read more

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What are some effects of swallowing gum?

What are some effects of swallowing gum?

None: Unless you are a child and have swallowed a lot of gum (which can cause intestinal blockage), there are no harmful side effects. ...Read more

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Can swallowing gum cause you to have chest/side pains? What can treat that?

Can  swallowing gum cause you to have chest/side pains? What can treat that?

No: The gum will dissolve quickly in the stomach and what is not will be passed through. It won't cause you side or chest pains. That is from something else. Don't walk and chew gum. ...Read more

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I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. Could this cause any problems as an adult?

I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. Could this cause any problems as an adult?

No: As with food products, gum too will pass through the gut without problem. Some studies have shown chewing gum to be effective in reducing symptoms of gastric reflux (heartburn). But there have been no studies showing that swallowing gum is problematic. ...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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Can an impacted wisdom tooth in nerve give pain in throat and cause problems swallowing? Can it be infected in the root without gum being swollen?

Can an impacted wisdom tooth in nerve give pain in throat and cause problems swallowing? Can it be infected in the root without gum being swollen?

Yes and yes: See a wisdom tooth specialist, an Oral Surgeon, for differential diagnosis and treatment. Don't wait. If infection is present it will not self-cure. The longer you wait, the more the infection will spread and the more tissues will be adversely affected. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to swallow gum?

Is it dangerous to swallow gum?

NO: Though your body can't digest it, it passes through your digestive track in a smooth lump and is excreted in your stool 24 to 72 hours later. Large amounts of digested gum have the potential to block your colon and will lead to discomfort. ...Read more

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Are there any myths to gum swallowing?

Are there any myths to gum swallowing?

Intestinal blockage: The myth of creating intestinal blockage in reality this does not happen. ...Read more