Eating Candle Wax: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally ate candle wax, you may have some stomach upset, but it is not likely to be serious. However, eating a lot of wax can cause a blockage in your intestines and require medical attention.

Candle wax is a solid substance made from various sources, such as paraffin, beeswax, soy wax, or palm wax.

Paraffin wax is the most common type of candle wax and it is derived from petroleum.

Candle wax may also contain additives, such as dyes, fragrances, or stearic acid.

If you accidentally eat candle wax, you may experience some gastrointestinal discomfort, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

This is because candle wax is not digestible and it can accumulate in the intestines and cause a blockage.

Paraffin wax is also a hydrocarbon, which means it can react with oxygen and produce carbon dioxide and water when burned.

This can create gas and bloating in the stomach.

Paraffin wax can also have some positive effects, such as moisturizing the skin, reducing inflammation, and relieving pain.

Paraffin wax is often used in spas and salons for hand and foot treatments.

However, these benefits are only achieved when the wax is applied externally, not when it is ingested.

It is quite uncommon to eat candle wax, as most people know that it is not edible and it has no nutritional value.

However, some people may eat candle wax intentionally, as a form of pica, which is a disorder that involves eating non-food items.

Pica can be caused by various factors, such as nutritional deficiencies, mental health issues, or cultural practices.

You can treat mild cases of candle wax ingestion at home by drinking plenty of fluids and eating high-fiber foods to help the wax pass through the digestive system.

You can also take over-the-counter medications to relieve any symptoms, such as antacids, anti-gas, or anti-diarrheal drugs.

However, if you eat a large amount of candle wax, or if you have severe symptoms, such as abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, or blood in the stool, you should seek medical attention immediately.

You may need a laxative, an enema, or even surgery to remove the wax from your intestines.

To avoid accidental eating of candle wax, you should keep candles out of reach of children and pets, and store them in a cool and dry place.

You should also avoid touching your mouth or eyes after handling candles, as some of the ingredients may cause irritation or allergic reactions.

You should also label your candles clearly and do not confuse them with food items, such as candy or cheese.

Finally, remember, candle wax is not food and it should not be eaten.

Eating candle wax can cause harm to your health and it can also damage your candles.

If you have a craving for candle wax, you should consult your doctor to find out the underlying cause and get proper treatment.

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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