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I inhaled quite a bit of water while drinking about two hours ago. i'm still coughing. i'm home alone with three children. what should i do? help!

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 20 years experience
If you are talking: your airway is protected. Hopefully you aren't a smoker - that injures the fimbria. Your bronchial tubes will take care of themselves. There are little tiny finger-like structures in the lining of your airway that stroke mucous, water, bacteria upwards away from the alveoli where the air exchange happens. You're going to cough reflexively (I know it's a drag) but you are OK. You may get URI later.
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 20 years experience
Provided original answer
Interesting you considered dry drowning. Check out: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20140602/dry-drowning-faq?page=2
Dec 17, 2014
Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
911IfYouStartChoking: If overall you are breathing OK and feel you are getting enough air and the coughing isn't getting in the way of your breathing too much, then this should all clear -up in a short while. But...you said "quite a bit"of water. How much is that? Hopefully not too much. But generally, water will get absorbed from the lungs efficiently.You may have some irritation for a while.Also, how did this happen?

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