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Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Overview)

Drowning = suffocation due to aspiration of water / fluid.


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How long does it take to feel recover from almost drowning?

How long does it take to feel recover from almost drowning?

Almost drowning: Recovery from near drowning varies depending upon how severely the individual is affected. Some patients might require CPR and be at greater risk of short and long term issues whereas others might be rescued from the water without CPR and have a favorable outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Farber
177 Doctors shared insights

Drowning (Overview)

Drowning = suffocation due to aspiration of water / fluid.


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I'm having bad headache after near drowning, is it normal symptom?? should I go to the hospital to check?

I'm having bad headache after near drowning, is it normal symptom?? should I go to the hospital to check?

Headache is: A serious and complex neurologic disorder. Severe pain, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, dizziness, neck pain, nose bleeding and parasthesias are common symptoms. Go to ER if you feel like it. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation to avoid unnecessary future pain ER visits. ...Read more

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Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Yes you would...: In simple terms you would have all the symptoms you stated you didn't have. Dry drowning is caused by airway spasm. You would cough and not be able to take a breath. ...Read more

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Sore nipples, yeast infection, period 3weeks late, 2 negative test, a little drown discharge day that period was supposed to come, could I be pregnant?

Sore nipples, yeast infection, period 3weeks late, 2 negative test, a little drown discharge day that period was supposed to come, could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: The over the counter pregnancy tests are very accurate. It's unlikely that you are pregnant with 2 negative tests. If you want to be absolutely sure, your doctor can order a blood test to confirm. Your doctor can also evaluate your symptoms more in-depth as they would be caused by other hormonal imbalance issues or thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Is a culture test necessary for my baby after a near drowning?

Is a culture test necessary for my baby after a near drowning?

Usually-Yes: Depending upon how severly injured she is, yes. There is often a very high risk of secondary infection in the weakened body. Trust your doctors on this one! ...Read more

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How to treat a secondary drowning?

How to treat a secondary drowning?

Supportive care: It happens after drowning. No body knows who gets it. It is complication of the drowning process no body could explain well but I think it is. Acute lung injury kind of situation which rarely happens. So if. Drowning happens and patient comes out of that he needs to be closely watched for three days if things get worse then in the hospital it will be treated. With supportve care. ...Read more

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What is the treatment after near drowning?

What is the treatment after near drowning?

Supportive: The most important thing is to give the patient supportive treatment: a ventilator if they can't breathe, antibiotics if there is infection, warming if there is hypothermia, etc. Hopefully, there is no long term brain damage from lack of oxygen. But, mainly, it is supportive therapy. ...Read more

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Which treatments for drowning are most effective?

Which treatments for drowning are most effective?

Rescue!: The key to surviving drowning (unless the water is very cold) is rapid revival prior to brain injury. Depending on the individual, this is two to five minutes after the patient stops breathing. If there is a cardiac arrest associated with the drowning, the prognosis is grim. ...Read more

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How to get rid of crab lice? Drown them?

How to get rid of crab lice? Drown them?

Treatment: Pubic lice (phthirus pubis) can be treated with otc product like nix (permethrin) or rid. Other options are prescription medications like Malathion (kept on affected area for 8 to 12 hours); invermectin (2 pills – may need to repeated in 10 days); lindane (if you have failed other treatments). ...Read more

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My 15 month old choked on water 3 times in the bath tub while trying to drink the water. Could he be at risk for dry drowning? This was 40 minutes ago

My 15 month old choked on water 3 times in the bath tub while trying to drink the water. Could he be at risk for dry drowning? This was 40 minutes ago

Dry drowning: The entity of dry drowning is not something that has been reliably verified as a clinical entity. If your child choked on water in the bath tub while trying to drink it but did not suffer a pronged period of submersion, loss of consciousness, loss of respiratory effort or loss of pulse, and is not having trouble breathing currently, then it is unlikely to lead to adverse problems. ...Read more

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I always forget to ask my doctor about how to prevent drowning. Are there some steps I should be taking?

I always forget to ask my doctor about how to prevent drowning. Are there some steps I should be taking?

Drowning prevention: Most drownings occur in swimming pools in residential areas. The best strategy is to install appropriate fences around pools. Ask your city/county about the specific requirements. Studies have shown that the vast majority of pools in the US are not fenced! Also, there are alarms (like baby alarms) that your child can wear, which send a signal to the a base as soon as your child hits the water. ...Read more

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What is secondary drowning?

What is secondary drowning?

Water in the lungs: If person had a near drowning accident after which he/she appears ok that person still can die 1-48 hrs later if enough water entered the lungs to significantly impear oxygen exchange, they can die from hypoxemia and that will be secondary drowning. ...Read more

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Is it possible I could drown in air?

Is it possible I could drown in air?

Air is essential: You need air to live. A fish "drowns" in air. There are circumstances in which the oxygen is out of the air such as a closed garage with a motor runnjng (carbon monoxide poisoning) or for instance volcanic craters in which gas from the fumarole displaces the air. Luckily we mostly have normal, livable air around us. ...Read more

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Why am I suddenly afraid of drowning?

Why am I suddenly afraid of drowning?

Fears: Some fears appear for no particular reason and we can begin to obsess about them. Drowning may be a symbol for you or perhaps you saw or read something that put this in your thoughts. Since drowning is unusual and can only happen if you go in water, you can overcome your fears by choosing to not be afraid. ...Read more

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What causes you to die when you drown?

What causes you to die when you drown?

Drowning...: During drowning, the airways are filled with fluid so air exchange cannot happen. So, carbon dioxide cannot be removed and oxygen cannot get into the lungs. Therefore, oxygen cannot circulate to the rest of the body including the brain, the heart, the kidneys, etc. If the body is deprived of oxygen long enough, death can occur. ...Read more

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How long does it take someone to drown?

Not long: It depends on the circumstances, but drowning can occur within a minute if resuscitation isn't performed immediately. ...Read more

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If you almost drown do you pass out totally?

Usually: Near drowning almost always results ina total loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it hurts to die drowning?

It must: When we see people struggle in the water near drowning, the way they even try to hug and kick and hang on to a rescuer, you realize they must be in so much discomfort. So don't think about it please. ...Read more

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Is it possible to revive someone after drowning?

Is it possible to revive someone after drowning?

Yes: Depending on how cold the water was, how long they were under, and their predrowning health, it is possible. ...Read more

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What is dry drowning and how common is it in children?

What is dry drowning and how common is it in children?

See below: Dry drowning or delayed drowning occurs when a small amount of water goes into the lungs. How it ocurrs is not completely understood but it is thought that water can cause the breathing tube to tighten (laryngospasm) or cause pulmonary swelling. It can happen up to 24 hours after the water gets into the lungs. There are no reports that say how many drownings are this type. ...Read more

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How long can a person be underwater before they drown?

Varies: Different people can hold their breath for varied durations of time, but usually not more than about 5 minutes. Whether you drown then depends upon whether or not you get pulled out and resuscitated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to feel recover from almost drowning?

Almost drowning: Recovery from near drowning varies depending upon how severely the individual is affected. Some patients might require CPR and be at greater risk of short and long term issues whereas others might be rescued from the water without CPR and have a favorable outcome. ...Read more

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Is it true that being suffocated is different from drowning?

Sometimes....: Suffocation means that the person is unable to breathe and it can happen in many different ways. Drowning occurs when a person is immersed in water so that they cannot breathe in air, only water so this is one way a person can suffocate. There are also many other ways a person can suffocate. ...Read more

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I feel like I am drowning on the inside. What could be wrong?

I feel like I am drowning on the inside. What could be wrong?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How long can a person survive for underwater before they drown?

How long can a person survive for underwater before they drown?

Drowning: Usually brain cells are injured and die when someone does not breathe oxygen into the lungs and blood stream to brain for 2 to 3 minutes. During drowning, the victim loses consciousness and is unable to breathe underwater. ...Read more

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How to treat a secondary drowning?

Supportive care: It happens after drowning. No body knows who gets it. It is complication of the drowning process no body could explain well but I think it is. Acute lung injury kind of situation which rarely happens. So if. Drowning happens and patient comes out of that he needs to be closely watched for three days if things get worse then in the hospital it will be treated. With supportve care. ...Read more

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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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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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What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

Floating mechanism: Drownproofing is a method for surviving in water disaster scenarios without sinking or drowning. The technique involves practicing keeping the lungs hyperinflated in water (subject floats in a near-relaxed position, raises himself up with hands to take a breath, then floats back with mouth at the level of water surface). Practice several times. ...Read more

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How to drown a cold with home remedies, besides fruit?

Not sure: I'm not sure you can drown out a cold. You can take things to help feel better as it runs its course. You should definitely rest and sleep. The usual tea with honey, chicken soup, bed rest, along with supportive meds (acetaminophen for example) for comfort. Watch light humorous movies while in bed to keep your spirits up. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: near drowning?

See below: Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended. ...Read more

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If a child experienced near drowning, how will they recover?

If a child experienced near drowning, how will they recover?

Near drowning: Recovery depends on how quickly the child/person is pulled out of the water (<3 min is good), how quickly CPR is started (best if started asap, within seconds) and if the child needs CPR when she/he arrives in the emergency department (ed). Children who were down under water for < 3 min, who received CPR at the scene, who do not need CPR in the ed and who have a ph of > 7.30 (a blood test) do ok. ...Read more

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Is a culture test necessary for my baby after a near drowning?

Usually-Yes: Depending upon how severly injured she is, yes. There is often a very high risk of secondary infection in the weakened body. Trust your doctors on this one! ...Read more

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Is it ok to use the tv as background noise at the house to drown out my kids?

Is it ok to use the tv as background noise at the house to drown out my kids?

Bad idea: Will lead to hearing deficit and add for your kids.

Better to enjoy activities. ...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