If you consume a piece of plastic packaging by mistake, the plastic will most likely pass through without causing any harm. Eating hard or jagged plastic can cause pain to the inside organs as it goes through. Sharp pieces of plastic may also cut open your mouth or throat if you try to eat them.
However, if you ingest small particles of plastic over time they could lead to serious health problems. Plastic is not edible and therefore would need to be removed from your body in some way before any harm could be done.
People who eat plastic capsules or pills often do so because they want to avoid taking drugs that have no benefit other than killing them slowly (such as aspirin). However, this practice is dangerous because certain medications are best taken with food or in the form of a tablet/capsule and not as a powder or liquid. If you decide to eat something that contains medicine, always consult with a doctor first about what effects such substances may have on your medical condition.
Plastic bottles contain a lot of information about our consumption patterns for brands, companies and governments. If you consume bottled water, all plastics except BPA-free receipts should be able to be recycled. But since many recycling facilities won't accept all types of plastic, it's important to know what can be disposed of in the trash instead.
What happens if you consume plastic wrap by accident? In most situations, the consumed piece of plastic travels through the alimentary canal without incident and is expelled via feces. However, if it becomes trapped anywhere in between, symptoms such as nonspecific stomach pain or vomiting may follow. Also, the plastic could be removed from the intestine using a colonoscopy or similar procedure.
In very rare cases, plastic particles have been known to migrate through the body and lodge themselves within the organs, particularly the lungs. If this occurs, you would experience symptoms such as chest pain, coughing up blood, or shortness of breath. This is called plastic lung disease and requires immediate medical attention.
The health risks associated with plastic ingestion are extremely rare but they do exist. The main risk comes from chemicals used in manufacturing that can leach into the plastic and release over time. These chemicals include phthalates, BPA, and others. There is also some evidence that suggests that ingesting small amounts of plastic may reduce the amount of oxygen in your body, thereby increasing your risk of cancer.
If you were to swallow a large number of plastic pieces, they would eventually accumulate in your digestive system. This could lead to serious problems later on. Of course, only a few grams of plastic may not seem like much, but the human body is very efficient at processing food, so any leftover bits will be taken up throughout the day.
The majority of plastics are inert and non-toxic. It will not damage you unless you eat a large enough chunk to choke on. It won't be digested by your stomach and will pass on its own. If you do decide to swallow a plastic bag, call your doctor immediately so that you can be placed on track for recovery.
There have been reports that small particles from broken down plastic bags may become trapped in the lungs and may require medical attention. Most likely, this will only happen if you eat a large enough piece to cause choking. If this does happen, call your doctor immediately so that you can be put on track for recovery.
In conclusion, plastic bags aren't harmful if they don't break down further into smaller pieces. But if you do decide to eat them, don't try to digest the bag itself - only eat the contents inside it.