Patient :I was using polyacrylamide gel for water retainment in a hanging basket, and a little (max. 10 tiny crystals) and don't think this small amount is a problem, but please could you tell me what problems I may experience (I know it's a carcinogen and a neurotoxin, but is it a serious one? Do you think these quantities could cause problems?)
Symptoms: Slight dryness in throatat first, nothing else at the moment
Thank you for your question. Long term exposure to polyacrylamide can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Your exposure however should not be a cause for concern. This was an isolated incident, and a very small quantity was ingested. This should not be a cause for concern.
We do not recommend that you induce vomiting as a means to get rid of this ingested substance. We do recommend that you follow up with your doctor should you develop any abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or a general feeling of fatigue.
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