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Is Drowning Painful
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
See below: Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended. ...Read more
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
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
Will lead to hearing deficit and add for your kids.
Better to enjoy activities. ...Read more
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
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
Depends on volume: Of soda inhaled and sugar content, but not possible with just one swallow as cough reflexes usually prevent multiple. Unfortunately if one were really intoxicated or did not have normal reflexes, etc. One could get aspiration pneumonia, etc. Which could leave one very ill. In a resuscitation, life saving meds are occasionally given into the trachea if iv access is not available., ...Read more
Is it normal to have a drowning sensation when you bend over and your head is in the upside down position? It came on quick. No joke.
Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present
Help me! I want to kill myself. I want to take two whole bottles of pills and drown myself in the lake. I don't want to live anymore. I need a pdoc.?
Any pills. That is number one. Number 2 you need to tal to someone (preferably a psychiatrist). And it would be wise to do so immediately.
One way is if you have one to plce a call to them, if not simply go to the emergency room at a hospital and let them know how you are feeling and they will call one immediately for you. Your life is precious, don't forget that. Please get help asap. ...Read more
It has been almost 30 hours since my 3 year old jumped in a pool. He seems fine. How much longer do I have to be concerned about secondary drowning?
Children: If he is fine after 24 hours then I would say to be reassured. ...Read more
Ok so I was in the pool and I feel Ballard's and was struggling to get up to the surface felt like I couldn't breathe could I suffer from secondary drowning.
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
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