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What Can You Do For Someone Who Is Choking On A Glass Of Water
Let them cough: When someone chokes on liquids it usually means they have gotten the liquid into their windpipe and the irritation causes them to cough. It is a reflex to try and get the material out of the trachea and into the esophagus where it should be. Patting on the back or repositioning the head are of no help. Simply let them cough and keep them upright as this will permit the most effective cough. ...Read more
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
Why every time I eat or ever water I was choking that's why I have a water every time. For past 10 years that's my experience. Please let me know.
You could have: Weakness of the muscles in your throat, neurologic problem or side effects of meds. Follow up with an ENT or GI specialist for further workup! ...Read more
How does it feel to be caught in tsunami debris choking on muddy water, with sharp objects tearing you apart?
Not good!: Do you think it would feel good? My intuitions are that it would feel terrible, or until your brain locked down. Have never spoken to someone who survived. ...Read more
I chugged a bottle of water and started choking pretty violently. How likely is it some water got into my lungs?
Unlikely: A choking episode attempts to avoid material from going into your lungs. Forceful coughing and a flap called the epiglottis protect your lungs. If after recovering from the choking episode, you have any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or wheezing you should be evaluated in the ER. ...Read more
Dementia pt aspirated. If he drinks water he chokes. Why is this happening? Is the choking related to the dementia or a physical organ problem?
In order to speak...: Humans evolved unusual throat anatomy: The entrance to our windpipe is much closer to our mouth than other mammals'. To keep food etc from getting into our lungs, a muscular flap closes over it when we swallow. Deglutition is a very complex, highly coordinated motor reflex. In dementia, control of this crucial motor task is often impaired. We use our brains to do more than just think. ...Read more
Drank water last night and the last gulp felt like it went down wrong pipe and I started choking/coughing. Could I have woke up with water in lungs?
Yes.: But no worries it's just water and should be able to cough it up. When anything but air gets into the lung it's called aspiration and a frequent problem with acid reflux and stroke patients and can lead to pneumonia or chemical destruction of the lung tissue. You should be fine. If cough remains persistent or you develop other symptoms go see your doctor. ...Read more
If someone is choking on a water after eating a big bite of pizza, do you give them the heimlich?
Depends: CPR will give you the best guidelines on what to do in the instance when someone is choking and/ coughing hard. It is imperative that you learn bls, basic life support. You can find classes at your local hospital, many community programs and the american red cross chapter nearest you. ...Read more
Just had a hacking cough after choking on water. I had tonsillectomy 4 days ago. Will this increase bleeding risk?
Stop Coughing: Coughing after tonsillectomy can cause serious bleeding. Choking on water suggests extreme swelling in the throat. See a doctor about this ASAP as this could be quite serious. ...Read more
Baby choked w water, How do I know if it got into the lungs? He smile &will cry as everything as usual. What signs should I be alarm w liquid choking?
Don't worry!: The baby cannot choke on water. It just may have gone down the "wrong pipe", but there's nothing wrong with it, as long as he is behaving normally. ...Read more
I've been getting choked up lately. It's causing me 2 lose my voice and my eyes 2 water becuz of the choking. It wakes me up at nite. What do u think?
I have had a cough now for about 2 weeks now and I find my self coughing so hard water comes to my eyes and my bladder leaks. I cough as if I'm choking. Especially if it's too hot my cough uncontrollably it takes being cooler to control the cough there's
That: That sounds awful! You really should see your doctor so they can listen to your lungs. They will try to figure out if the symptoms are due to a lung infection (like pneumonia) or coming from an upper-respiratory issue (like a sinus infection or other virus). Regardless, there are some great cough suppressants they can prescribe to at least get your symptoms under control. I hope you get better soon! ...Read more
Random dry mouth. I take no medications just always happens I must stay near water because I fear of choking. Please help?
When I eat nuts and potato products, I cough, my eyes water, sometimes a mild choking feeling. Has happened for years, just wld like to know why.
Testing: See an allergist to evaluate and treat this. ...Read more
My husband has had probs swallowing food&water for a while. He is choking and it is scarring me. He has issue w/ thyroid and on meds. Also heartburn?
Prob. Swallowing: This should be evaluated right away. Problems swallowing can indicate a serious problem in the throat or esophagus (the muscular tube from the throat to the stomach). Also but less common could be from excessive thyroid enlargement which again could be a serious problem. ...Read more
Having a hard time swallowing anything but water, choking sensation, dry mouth. Not strep, tested for that today. Really tired from not eating for 5da?
Likely viral: If you have a sore throat that is not strep than it is most likely viral which can be just as painful as strep. If it is viral you have to let it run its course. You can use meds like advil (ibuprofen) for the pain but will not speed up the healing process. Staying hydrated is the first priority and you may need to drink smoothies to get calories in. Steroids can be used if airway is compromised. ...Read more
Feels like mucus stuck inside throat which gets worse after drinking water or eating help? Whenever I drink fell like choking on mucus, I have to spit
Excessive mucous: Do you have allergies? There are medications that help reduce mucous production. You can see a board certifies otolaryngologist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Any idea how to relieve this choking dry throat anxiety? Water doesn't help maybe something juicce tea, pop I haven't ate all day my throat muscle hurt.
Anxiety, GERD, med?: You need to see your md to discuss further about your symptoms. Choking and dry throat sensation could be caused by different things like acid reflux, anxiety, medication etc. Need to see which one is the problem here. If this is gerd- then you need to try some acid reducer medicine, if this is anxiety then you should discuss with your md whether you should see a psychiatrist or try something. ...Read more
Make sure!: First make sure that the person is actually choking. Ask them directly, they won't be able to talk but can confirm it using signs or nodding. If the person is choking but it is coughing they should be left alone as it means they are still being able to get air in and are trying to clear the obstruction. In the case when the person cannot breath the heimlich maneuver can be used. ...Read more
I am constantly having a profound fear of choking on my food. It's barely eat now because I fear choking so bad. Someone help?
Can they breathe?: If the person can still breathe, wait and let them clear it. If not and can't talk, call 911 and call for help if you are with other people, unless you can do a Heimlich maneuver which is the immediate treatment for someone who cannot breathe and is choking. Take CPR classes so you are always ready to help in this circumstance. See http://www. Wikihow. Com/Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver ...Read more
When someone is choking, is it safe to hit them on their back? I was taught never do that because it can further lodge the item. What to do?
If a person is able: To cough, one should not interfere. However, if a person has no ability to move air in or out or to cough then intervention may be life saving. Here is some good information: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000047.Htm. I would encourage you to take a class on this - it may save a life. Take care. ...Read more
Difficult/indistinguishable-examples of behaviors:
•coughing or gagging
•hand signals and panic (sometimes pointing to the throat)
•sudden inability to talk
•clutching the throat: the natural response to choking is to grab the throat with one or both hands. This is the universal choking sign and a way of telling people around you that you are choking.
•turning blue. ...Read more
Prozac (fluoxetine): Please contact your prescribing physician for further advice. ...Read more
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