'Dry Drowning' Can Be Deadly Hours Later
As the temperatures rise, people of all ages seek relief from the summer heat in the water. Although many people are aware of water safety rules and the dangers of drowning, few know about a far less common—but deadly—condition called dry drowning or secondary drowning. Dry drowning can develop hours to days after you have inhaled just a few gasps of water and, without treatment, can lead to respiratory problems, brain injury, and death.
Symptoms of dry drowning include coughing, vomiting, fever, difficulty breathing, and changes in mood. Anyone who experiences near drowning should seek immediate medical attention. Here is more information about water safety from the American Red Cross.