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Remedies after swallowing paper towel by accident - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi. i accidentally swallowed a small rolled up piece of paper towel. is it going to just pass through? what should i do?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Yes it will be passed thru stools
User : is not poisonous?
Doctor :   Even small bottons and coins will be passed
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   it is just starch
User :   so i can eat normally and stuff without getting surgery?
Doctor :   Surgery is not required
User :   is there any symptoms i should have?
Doctor :   With the cotton piece of towel , there will be no symptoms
User :   u know like..home..brawny's towel..would that be cotton piece?
Doctor :   Different scenario have different symptoms
Doctor :   but in ur case there will be no symptoms
User :   yes ok. i was just worried that i would die or something
Doctor :   If it is metal and blade it will cause problem
Doctor :   children swallow buttons, etc still we advice parents that they pass them in stool
Doctor :   Ok
User :   oh ok
User :   is there any other advice do u have for me?
User :   for this case
Doctor :   I hope u do not have any symptoms now.
User :   i don't
User :   nothing
User :   but should i?
Doctor :   When did you swallow it?
User :   just recently
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   I am assuring you , you will be fine
Doctor :   Surgey is not recommended
Doctor :   In case if u get severe abdominal pain, see physician
Doctor :   but that is almost impossible in ur case
Doctor :   You may get vomiting but it is cotton so it os uncommon
Doctor :   So just drink water so that it will be passed in stool quickly
User :   how much per day?
Doctor :   Just 3L
User :   oh ok. thnx for ur help. i was just afraid it was poisonous and all but i have heard lots of people have done it before
Doctor :   Alright
Doctor :   I am positive u will pass it stool
Doctor :   and u will be safe
Doctor :  
Do you have any other querrieass
User : what case it would be dangerous?
User :   for paper towel scenarios
User :   it is ok. u don't have to answer that if it takes a while. lol i am good to go
User :   thnx
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting us
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   ur welcome
User :   bye thnx again!
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