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Chewing Gum Woes

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  • Posted By: BlueAznMonkey
  • March 25, 2009
  • 03:32 PM

I stepped in gum yesterday and for basic sanitary reasons I wanted to remove it from my shoe.

I used my pocket knife to try and scrape it off the sole. The problem is, I accidentally poked my finger with the knife after having used it to scrape the gum off my shoe. Not only that, my basic impulse, of course, was to put my finger in my mouth.

I searched online for possible diseases that I could have contracted but I don't really even know what the risk actually is... Can anyone provide more information?

PS - Don't spit your gum out on the floor - it's environmentally unfriendly, and rather rude as it could cause something like this to happen.

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  • Did you thoroughly wash the cut after you stuck it in your mouth with something like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide? I don't think that you can catch much from that....although I'm sure it's possible it's not likely. Be certain to wash any cut with one of the above to kill the germs. And don't allow it to become infected while it's healing.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • Unfortunately the cut wasn't washed at the time I placed it in my mouth. It was a small ****k on the finger, and I came to the realization as I was in the act. I immediately spat into the sink, gurgled hydrogen peroxide then listerine. Then I disinfected the cut with hydrogen peroxide.What do you think? Also - are you medically credentialed?
    BlueAznMonkey 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Unfortunately the cut wasn't washed at the time I placed it in my mouth. It was a small ****k on the finger, and I came to the realization as I was in the act. I immediately spat into the sink, gurgled hydrogen peroxide then listerine. Then I disinfected the cut with hydrogen peroxide.What do you think? Also - are you medically credentialed?I am a previous licensed veterinary technician (like a vet nurse) and a licensed massage therapist in my second year of medical school. So, no, I don't have credentials but I do have quite a bit of medical knowledge and experience. I think you are fine with the gurgling and disinfecting. When was your last tetanus shot? Seems to me you are more likely to get something from the knife than the gum. The chances that the person originally chewing the gum had some germs you could catch, then those germs survived on the gum after it was spit out (most germs can't live outside the body), then those same germs were transferred to your knife and then transferred into your bloodstream from a small poke-like cut on your fingertip......well, those chances are just so very, very, very slim-- highly unlikely. It just doesn't work like that. I think you can quit worrying about this. Just be sure to keep the cut clean, maybe even put some triple-antibiotic ointment on it. Also, if you haven't had a tetanus in 7 years, it can't hurt to get one.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks you very much =)
    BlueAznMonkey 2 Replies Flag this Response
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