Accidental Rubber Band Eating: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat a rubber band, nothing will happen.

A rubber band is a loop of rubber, usually ring or oval-shaped, and commonly used to hold multiple objects together.

Most rubber bands are manufactured out of natural rubber as well as for latex free rubber bands or, especially at larger sizes, an elastomer, and are sold in a variety of sizes.

If you accidentally eat a rubber band, nothing will happen.

It will just pass through your gastrointestinal system and come out of your body unaffectedly.

However, swallowing too many rubber bands can accumulate in your stomach and cause indigestion or constipation.

This is because it contains polyisoprene or synthetic rubber, which is made by chemically bonding together small molecules called isoprene units.

Polyisoprene is a type of polymer known as a rubber, which is not digestible by human enzymes.

Polyisoprene can have positive effects such as providing elasticity and strength to rubber products, but it can also have negative effects such as causing allergic reactions or choking hazards if swallowed in large amounts or inhaled into the lungs.

It is quite uncommon to eat a rubber band due to its unpleasant taste and texture.

But it can happen accidentally if it pops out from your braces or dental appliances, or if you chew on it out of curiosity or boredom.

You can relax and wait for the rubber band to pass through your system naturally if you swallow one or two.

But if you swallow a lot of rubber bands or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, vomiting, abdominal pain, or fever, you should seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid accidental eating of rubber bands, you should keep them away from your mouth and store them in a safe place.

You should also check your braces or dental appliances regularly and replace any broken or missing rubber bands.

If you use rubber bands for orthodontic treatment, you should follow your dentist’s instructions on how to wear them correctly and safely.

Finally, remember, a rubber band is not food and should not be eaten. It can cause serious health problems if swallowed in large quantities or frequently.

Always be careful when handling rubber bands and dispose of them properly when they are no longer needed.

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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