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Can swallowing a lead fishing weight have permanent health implications?

Asked by VoodooLogic (724points) February 12th, 2008

Fishing weights are bitten upon to tighten them against the line and allow the bait to sink. As a kid, I accidentally swallowed one. I’m 28 now, I don’t feel like it impacted me in any significant way. I never got around to investigating the issue.

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paulc's avatar

I don’t know exactly how to phrase this so I’ll dispense with pleasantries… did you poop it out? Vomit it out? Fish it out???

If its no longer inside you, I think you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you should get that removed ASAP never again play “go fish” so literally.

VoodooLogic's avatar

I’m sure it passed naturally out the “back door” later that day.

ironhiway's avatar

Here’s a link very basic but informative,
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/lead/fishing.shtml

Your probably right, “I don’t feel like it impacted me in any significant way”.

Charlie's avatar

It went on thru so there isn’t anything to worry about. It left about 24 hours after you swallowed it. The lead they talk about is the “live” lead that is dangerous. A sinker has been melted down and isn’t harmful because of the heat. I don’t think it is wise to use your teeth to get it on your line. A pliers works better.

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