Eating Eraser: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat an eraser, you may experience abdominal problems, such as stomach ache, nausea, and vomiting, and you may need medical attention.

An eraser is a piece of rubber attached to the end of a pencil or sold separately as a block or a cap.

It is used to remove marks from paper or skin, such as pencil or ink marks.

An eraser is usually made of synthetic rubber and other additives, such as pumice, water, ethanol, acetone, sodium stearate, polyethylene glycol, and N-vinylpyrrolidone.

If you accidentally eat an eraser, you may not experience any serious symptoms, as most erasers are considered fairly nonpoisonous.

However, if you eat a large amount of eraser or swallow a whole piece, you may have some abdominal problems, such as stomach ache, nausea, or vomiting.

This is because the eraser contains ingredients that are not meant to be ingested and can irritate your digestive system.

The ingredients in the eraser can also cause other effects if they enter your body.

For example, ethanol and acetone are alcohols that can affect your nervous system and cause drowsiness, dizziness, and headache.

Sodium stearate is a soap that can cause diarrhea and dehydration.

N-vinylpyrrolidone is a monomer that can polymerize as the eraser dries and form a solid mass that can block your airway or stomach.

It is quite uncommon to eat an eraser, as most people know that it is not a food item and that it can be harmful if eaten.

However, some children may be curious about the taste or texture of the eraser and try to eat it, especially if they see it as a toy or a candy.

Some adults may also eat an eraser intentionally, as a prank or a challenge, or to harm themselves.

You can prevent or reduce the harm of eating an eraser by taking some steps.

If you ate a small amount of eraser and did not swallow it, you should spit out the eraser and rinse your mouth with warm water.

If you ate a large amount of eraser or swallowed some of it, you should seek medical attention immediately, as you may need to have the eraser removed from your stomach or throat.

You should also drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and flush out the toxins.

To avoid accidental eating of an eraser, you should keep the eraser away from children and pets, and store it in a safe and dry place.

You should also label the eraser clearly and not confuse it with any food item.

You should also educate yourself and others about the dangers of eating an eraser and the symptoms to look out for.

Finally, remember, an eraser is a useful and convenient product for removing marks, but it is not a food item and it can be harmful if eaten.

If you eat an eraser, you may experience abdominal problems and other effects, and you may need medical help.

Eating an eraser is not a joke or a game, and it can have serious consequences.

About the Author

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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