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Don't try this at home

October 07, 2004

I managed to swallow some descaler liquid the other day. Active ingridients sulphamic acid and citric acid.

I was descaling the hot water kettle in the morning and decided to leave the descaler product working during the day while being at work.

When coming back home I had obviously forgotten all about the descaler and put the kettler on.

I soaked some rice noodles in the acid water and I made some nice miso soup from it.

The noodles tasted a bit funny (sour) but it wasn't until I had a few sips of the soup I suspected something was very wrong.

The soup was very sour and soon my lips and tounge had a tingling sensation. While thinking why on earth the food would all taste so sour it struck me that I had left the descaler in the kettle.

I summoned the pack quikly to see whether it provided any warning texts. Right after "keep away from children" it said "seek medical advice if swallowed".

It was a bit late so instead of seeking medical advise I drank a couple of pints of milk and decided to weather it out. A quick search on the internet for "swallow descaler" led me to the helpful page of Emergency treatment of self-poisoning or overdose. The page assured me that diluted commercial descaler shouldn't be lethal.

Woke up in the middle of the night due to a rumble in my tommy. Had a couple of bowls of Crunchy Nut with some more milk which seemed to settle it a bit.

Couple of days later and all seems fine. Bit worried about possible complications: "Oesophageal stricture and pyloric stenosis can occur after 14–21 days". Any doctors around? What's that when it's at home?

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  1. Seyed Razavi Says:

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    "Oesophageal stricture and pyloric stenosis may occur as late complications. Stricture formation usually begins to develop 14-21 days after ingestion. Most strictures become manifest within the first two months. Strictures may prevent an adequate nutritional intake and in severe cases patients may be unable to swallow their own saliva."


    Not sure it sounds that serious but if you start having trouble you should probably see a doctor.

  2. elispot Says:

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    Holy frickin' cow! That's one of my worst nightmares. I sure hope you're all right, and that you'll see a physician if symptoms start to emerge.

  3. Amber Says:

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    I did this exact thing about 20 minutes ago. Making noodles and everything - exactly the same situation.

    I feel ok though, my chest feels a little tight but it's nothing painful. I'll just wait and see what happens I guess...

    According to a few sites, it's nothing too serious or fatal! :)

    Thanks for putting this entry here, it put my mind at rest.

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