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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

Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Definition)

Drowning = suffocation due to aspiration ...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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15M old choaked on water from cup She spit some water out her mouth before coughing for a min she went to bed@bedtime I'm concerned about dry drowning?

15M old choaked on water from cup She spit some water out her mouth before coughing for a min she went to bed@bedtime I'm concerned about dry drowning?

Definitions: Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing, defines secondary drowning. If the child inhales water into the lungs, the vocal cords can spasm. The drowning is defined 'dry' because it occurs out of the water. Ref: http://www.parenting.com/child/safety/what-you-need-to-know-about-dry-drowning ...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

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I am really afraid of dying from a glass of water. I am afraid of secondary drowning or dry drowning. Any help?

Fixations: You need to find a mental health professional to guide you with this issue. If this fixation over a specific item is intruding in your thoughts, only investigating where the idea originated and what prompted it will help. The idea itself may be just a sign of a deeper issue you cannot realize on your own. ...Read more

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I was playing with a sportsbottle, my frnd was drnkng nd I pressed it. She began to choke as a lot water went up the wrong pipe. Secondary drowning?

I was playing with a sportsbottle, my frnd was drnkng nd I pressed it. She began to choke as a lot water went up the wrong pipe. Secondary drowning?

No drowning: That's actually her body's protective reflex to keep things out of your friend's (or any other person, for that matter) airway. If things get into our airways, they can cause a pneumonia. So there was no drowning involved. Please play safely next time. ...Read more

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Can you drown by drinking too much water?

Can you drown by drinking too much water?

Extremely unlikely: A normal healthy person cannot drown by drinking too much water except in an extremely rare situation. He would have to drink a lot of water, perhaps 1-2 gallons. His blood sodium would be diluted too much, leading to brain swelling and/or seizures (some of the ways water intoxication kills people). In his semi-conscious state, he vomits water from his stomach, sucks it into his lungs, and drowns. ...Read more

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Can choking on a drink of water cause drowning?

No: Choking on water will not cause wet drowning. But possible to have dry drowning if you have difficultly swallowing and you air way closed on you because of a cup of water. ...Read more

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Are you more likely to drown in salt water or fresh water?

Are you more likely to drown in salt water or fresh water?

Drown: Fresh water. Salt water is much more bouyant than fresh water so it is easier to stay afloat. ...Read more

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Is dry drowning possible for a 7 year old who choke on a glass of water? She threw the water up right away while coughing.

Is dry drowning possible for a 7 year old who choke on a glass of water? She threw the water up right away while coughing.

Highly unlikely: She threw up the water by coughing and if she still had water in her trachea she would have continued coughing until she got out most of the water. It is very unlikely that enough would be retained to compromise pulmonary function. ...Read more

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I aspirated a decent amount of water by drinking & I choked pretty severely but am better now. Is secondary drowning possible?

I aspirated a decent amount of water by drinking & I choked pretty severely but am better now. Is secondary drowning possible?

Aspiration: Aspiration pneumonia can occur after inhaling liquids. Symptoms would include persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, abnormal sputum, etc. Drowning from aspirating a drink of water would be unlikely, and its a great sign that you are already feeling better. ...Read more

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11y/o son swallowed water at pool and had headache, now dull, about 5 hrs. Just started coughing, worried about secondary drowning?

11y/o son swallowed water at pool and had headache, now dull, about 5 hrs. Just started coughing, worried about secondary drowning?

Go to ER: Chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. There are germs today that are very tolerant to chlorine and were not known to cause human disease until recently. Once these germs get in the pool, it can take from minutes to days for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains these germs can make you sick. If he aspirated water into the lungs there is a risk of pneumonia. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you sneeze under water will you drown?

I'm just wondering, if you sneeze under water will you drown?

Not likely: Sneezing is an involuntary reflex to something that irritates certain areas in the nose. It is sudden inhalation followed by the forceful exhalation that we call a "sneeze". This could get tricky underwater, but people have experienced this and lived to tell about it. Basically most people feel it coming on and resist the inhale by keeping mouth closed; that's the trick to not drowning ;). ...Read more

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Can a child drown after accidentally swallowing a large amount of water in the bathtub?

Can a child drown after accidentally swallowing a large amount of water in the bathtub?

Swallowing water: Hello. After swallowing a large amount of bath water, it is unlikely that drowning will occur. Unless the child aspirates or vomits this water up while sleeping, he/she should be fine. Remember that small children and toddlers could drown in an inch of water so please don't allow your child to be in the tub unattended. Accidents can happen in a split second so prevention is always the best policy. ...Read more

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I breathed in water today, but nowhere near half a litre to make me drown. Can I get pneumonia?

I breathed in water today, but nowhere near half a litre to make me drown. Can I get pneumonia?

Aspiration: Aspiration of water into the lung is usually absorbed by the lung's own mechanisms of clearing fluid. If the water is not clean or if it caused some gastric contents to be aspirated into the lungs, then it may lead to an infection. I would suggest monitoring your temperature to check for fever and notifying your physician if you are having any breathing difficulty or signs of infection. ...Read more

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Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

No: The small amount of water will be absorbed into the body. No drowning will occur. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can secondary drowning occur from accidentally swallowing pool water? No exertion, Minor headache for about an hour but sofar no other problems

Can secondary drowning occur from accidentally swallowing pool water? No exertion, Minor headache for about an hour but sofar no other problems

What if he aspirated: The risk can exist from 1 to 72 hrs after the incident. Inhaled fluid can act as an irritant inside the lungs. Physiological responses to even small quantities include the extrusion of liquid into the lungs (pulmonary edema) over the following hours, and this reduces the ability to exchange air and can lead to a person "drowning in their own body fluid." If he only "swallowed" water, it's OK. ...Read more

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Both my kids went swimming yesterday and both coughed a little on water. It's been 19 hours no symptoms should I still worry of secondary drowning?

Both my kids went swimming yesterday and both coughed a little on water. It's been 19 hours no symptoms should I still worry of secondary drowning?

Low risk: Ìf aspiration into the lungs would have occurred, symptoms get progressivly worse, there would be more cough, difficulty breathing and fever. If this has not happened, they're at low risk for problems. ...Read more

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If there's oxygen in air and water: why can we breathe in air, but in water we drown?

If there's oxygen in air and water: why can we breathe in air, but in water we drown?

Lungs made for air: Your lungs were made to breathe air and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide from the air. There are millions of tiny air sacs called alveoli in your lungs that were designed to use air.

These air sacs can't work in the water, and in fact, when they have water in them, they collapse and cause drowning and death. It is the way our lungs were designed.

Hope this makes sense. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drown your brain by drinking water?

Is it possible to drown your brain by drinking water?

Water: Yes too much water intake could be harmful
to your body. It could lower your sodium resulting in several medical complication including seizure. ...Read more