I ate a water bead. Am I going to die?

Patient : I am 17 and I ate a water bead (you know those beads that expand in water) for a dare. Now I am probably going to die. Hey, at least I'll make it into the papers.
Doctor :   Thank you for your question. We are not certain what type of 'water bead' you ingested. If this substance was a desiccan t made of silica gel, then this may cause gastrointestinal irritation. If you ingested a very small quantity, then it is likely you will not experience any severe reaction, however, because we are unsure of what you ingested, we recommend that you go to your nearest emergency department or family doctor and to be examined and tested for any life threatening poisoning. Please seek medical attention immediately. Thank you for consulting AskTheDoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: Hello, I have a question about potentially becoming infected by blood borne diseases by coming into contact with drie...

Q: For 3 months I have a had a pain off and on to my right just above navel. I have had bouts of ibs in the past. When i...

Q: I ate out today around 12 hours back. 2 hours back I started to have this crampy sort of pain in my left side of sto...

Q: I have been taking Teva generic klonopin for panic disorder for a long time and they switched it to the brand Accord ...

Q: Dr., Does a classic Passive/Aggressive patient (although, from the physical and emotional abuse enacted would seem o...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews