How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Pauline Your Own Question
Pauline
Pauline, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 8631
Experience:  Medical Doctor & Registered Pharmacist. Worked as Community pharmacist for 17 years.
659881
Type Your Health Question Here...
Pauline is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What can you do for a person choking on liquid who cannot

This answer was rated:

What can you do for a person choking on liquid who cannot breathe?
Are they choking at this moment?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

 

Of course not. It has happened to me several times; once last night. A friend thought I was choking on food, and did the Heimlich, which was no help at all.

Thanks for the quick reply. I did not realize you were the patient.

 

The first thing is that you need to see a doctor to establish if there is any problem with your swallowing reflex. If liquid is entering the windpipe rather than the esophagus then this can cause the problem you experience and aside from suction, there is no intervention that can help at that time. If there is aspiration, then you may need to have fluids thickened to prevent this from happening again. Continual aspiration of fluids will lead to an aspiration pneumonia which can be difficult to treat.

 

So if the problem is a new onset, or there are any other changes such as problems with speech/thinking or movement then get a neurological assessment at ER or urgent care. Otherwise you will need to see a doctor to discuss investigation of this problem.

Pauline and 2 other Health Specialists are ready to help you