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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
172 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