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Old 05-29-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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What would happen if you swallowed a bit of plastic

Would it be harmful to your body?

Will it just go out through the digestive system? Because I have constipation and I haven't had a bowel movement in about a week. What will happen if it gets stuck in my intestines?

 
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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Re: What would happen if you swallowed a bit of plastic

My hubby once ate a few tines of a plastic fork...they passed with a little help from some fiber supplement. To be exact...Psyllium husk fiber, which is a dry powder you mix with cold water, and drink a few times a day. It is available in any grocery store. If you cannot poop with that, you might need a laxative to get things moving.

If you should experience pain, fever, or bleeding...of course go to emergency.

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Old 05-30-2009, 06:24 AM   #3
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Re: What would happen if you swallowed a bit of plastic

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Would it be harmful to your body?

Will it just go out through the digestive system? Because I have constipation and I haven't had a bowel movement in about a week. What will happen if it gets stuck in my intestines?
If its any help when you go for a transit study all you do is swallow 2 capsules a day for 4 days and inside them are 8 plastic shapes different for each day and they scan them to see where tey are in your gut so cant see any problem really.
(yeah I am nosey at what they make me swallow even more so when they arttle)

 
Old 05-30-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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Re: What would happen if you swallowed a bit of plastic

I don't know about people, but I work at a vet's office and a cat ate a small piece of plastic and it got stuck in the intestines. She then got an intussusception and had to have part of her intestines removed. I would recommend getting in a lot of fiber and get things moving, but if you start vomiting or get extreme abdomen pain, go to the ER asap!

 
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