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How can you drown in a cup of water?

How can you drown in a cup of water?

No: A normal healthy person (not a baby) won't drown from a cup of water. If he is drinking water and chokes, his epiglottis will shut off any flow of air or water toward the lungs. His reflex cough automatically spews out any water from trachea, before the water even reaches the lungs. If one is very drunk, he probably won't drown but will get some water or vomit into his lungs, and get pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Definition)

Drowning is a condition in which water enters the lungs and causes death ...Read more


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Is it possible for an adult to "Dry Drown" from choking on a cup of water?

Is it possible for an adult to "Dry Drown" from choking on a cup of water?

Theoretically: Anything which triggers a laryngospasm can cause "dry drowning". I believe there would have to be an underlying illness for that to occur however, most people have a reflex in the larynx to prevent the water from going into the lungs, but if this spasms (usually from prolonged or persistent exposure to noxious gasses or fluids) it could lead to death. ...Read more

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Can you drown off a tablespoon of water?

Water: No, Iduobt very much youcoulddrown on a tablespoon ofwater ...Read more

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How fast do you die from drowning in water?

How fast do you die from drowning in water?

Depends: On how cold the water is; in very cold water people have survived for hours after immersion. Usually, however, brain damage sets in a few minutes and death within 10. ...Read more

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If you see someone drowning what do you do after getting them out of the water?

If you see someone drowning what do you do after getting them out of the water?

Call 911...: Once 911 is called, check the person for breathing and pulse. If there is a pulse but no breathing, rescue breaths are indicated. If there is no pulse, CPR is needed. There are classes you can take to learn these techniques, if interested. ...Read more

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Is it considered drowning if you choke and die, on water going down the wrong pipe?

Is it considered drowning if you choke and die, on water going down the wrong pipe?

No: One cannot die from aspiration of some water, one will cough and sputter and gag, but unless the water has lots of chlorine or other noxious chemical, death is not really possible. Water boarding which is repeated head dunking could cause enough aspiration of water without any recovery time to qualify as the equivalent of drowning, but usual amount causing choking, no death, no drowning. ...Read more

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Can gripe water cause a baby to dry drown?

Can gripe water cause a baby to dry drown?

???: What's gripe water? And what does 'dry drown' mean? ...Read more

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How can a toddler drown in a bucket of water?

How can a toddler drown in a bucket of water?

Physics: The more common offender is the 5 gallon paint bucket or similar, but a toilet had worked the same on occasion. Kids are top heavy.If they bend over and flip in their body weight pushes them down and they no leverage to back out.If there is no one around to pull them out they drown. ...Read more

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Will your body drown from the inside if you drink too much water?

Will your body drown from the inside if you drink too much water?

Not normally...: If you have normal heart and kidney function, the heart will pump the water to the kidneys and then the kidneys will eliminate any water that is not needed. Drowning means the airways are filling up with fluid and this would not occur by drinking excess fluid if the heart and kidneys are working normally. ...Read more