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eating plastic by accident
November 4, 2004 10:03 AM   Subscribe

I just accidentily swallowed a small piece of plastic from the plastic wrap around a plastic spoon.

Am I going to die?
posted by agregoli to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
how small? was it pointed?
posted by matteo at 10:05 AM on November 4, 2004


no.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:12 AM on November 4, 2004


Am I going to die?

Yes.

Er, in the "we're-all-going-to-die-someday" sense. But will you die from the plastic wrap? No. The plastic is more-or-less inert to the stuff in your body, and will pass through undigested.

I suppose, if it was large enough, it could conceivably get stuck somewhere and start obstructing things. But if you can describe it as "a small piece" that's not going to happen. (And even if it did, it's not like you'd die instantly with no warning. You'd know something was wrong within a few days and have plenty of time to get yourself to a hospital then.)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:18 AM on November 4, 2004


I doubt it's horribly toxic considering it wrapped a sterile food-related item. But, come on man. What do you think poop is? It's crap like that that your body doesn't digest. You consume 1000 milligrams of minerals when you take a vitamin pill.

Drug dealers swallow entire plastic and latex balloons to smuggle drugs into this country. They live happy productive lives until gutted by large men with one eye in the back of a tattooo parlor.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:20 AM on November 4, 2004


Yes.

This would be a good time to leave me all your money in your will. I will take good care of it; I promise.
posted by madman at 10:44 AM on November 4, 2004


No.

When I was in kindergarten I decided to impress my friends by making a sandwich bag disappear. I swallowed it. They were impressed. I am still alive at 26 years. I don't know if it ever came out the other side -- I'm not into picking through feces.

I did once watch a TV show about sharks and how terrible it was that they were finding garbage bags and such inside their stomachs, and that they were dying of this. Well, I'm not dying. I don't know if it's still in there or not, though. :-)

HTH.
posted by shepd at 11:10 AM on November 4, 2004


Thanks for the non-snarky answers. No thanks to the opposite.
posted by agregoli at 11:27 AM on November 4, 2004


I'm not into picking through feces.

shepd
member since: August 21, 2001

Coulda fooled me. ;)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:11 PM on November 4, 2004


It wasn't a small piece of plastic, but I know this old lady who swallowed a...well, long story short: she died.
posted by Guy Smiley at 2:44 PM on November 4, 2004


As a child you probably are 10x that much plastic. I wouldn't worry about it.
posted by skallas at 10:58 PM on November 4, 2004


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