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Having acid reflux after swallowing bleach at the dentist clinic during root canal treatment

I swallowed bleach during a root canal 3 weeks ago. Just a few drops, but it made me throw up right then and the dentist could not finish my root canal because I could not breath or stop coughing. I was told I would be fine by the next day. I was in pain all that night and by the next morning it went away. Now 2 weeks later I feel like I have a pill stuck in my throat , I have acid re flux for the first time in my life, and I cant eat or smoke. I asked a different dentist if the bleach could have done this, he said no. I am wondering if the dentists are lieing to me? Been feeling bad for a week at least now.
Asked On : Wed, 23 Nov 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
I suggest you visit a Gastroenterologist and get an Upper GI endoscopy. This will help visualise any damage caused.
Have a healthy life !
Answered: Wed, 23 Nov 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ashwini Kolur's  Response

I will try my best to answer your query.

I don't think the bleach is responsible for this. It might be gastritis which can cause acid reflex and as you have informed you do smoke , smoking might be responsible for pharyngitis, which may present as throat irritation. Smoking is also responsible for GERD.
I advice you to stop smoking and eat less spicy food.
Antacids and proton pump inhibitors will be helpful.
It is always better to get examined from the physician so i advice you to meet physician, they will examine and will be in better position to prescribe you with the right medicine.

Hope my answer will be helpful for you.

Take care.
Answered: Wed, 23 Nov 2011
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please make consultation with a physician nearst you,who will manage your case by getting patholigical test,endoscopy and any other appropriate procedure.please carefully use the medicine suggest by the doctor and you will feel good relief.
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Answered: Thu, 24 Nov 2011
Dentist Dr. Yuvaraj Mohan's  Response
Hi, WC to health care magic.

First of all, in RCT, we usually use a far less caustic agent than the one used for dental bleach (superoxol). Generally it could be carbamide peroxide gel or EDTA paste for softening dentin. We also use irrigants like saline, hexidine or sodium hypochlorite. The quantity of these substance used during root canal is minimal and does not have any significant side effect even if ingested accidentally. The immediate response you had after ingestion - cough and breathing difficulty - were, of course, due to ingestion ( immediate response). However, 2 weeks later, you say that you had acid reflux and throat blockage. This 2 weeks interval suggest that the substance you ingested is not related to you current condition. You have to check with a physician for chest infection, gastritis, GERD etc. Avoid spicy food, smoking, alcohol and oily food. Do not wear anything tight around your waist, avoid lying immediately after meals and maintain proper meal schedule. These will help along with physician consult. Get well soon!
Answered: Wed, 23 Nov 2011
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