Overview of Dry drowning

Dry Drowning in Adults

The most common places that adults drown are rivers, lakes, or the ocean.

In adults, the risk of drowning increases with:

  • Panicking when swimming
  • Alcohol or drug use before or while in the water
  • Head trauma, such as from diving into shallow water
  • Dangerous situations, like swimming far from shore or in rough water

Medical emergencies while in water can increase the risk of drowning.

Examples include:

  • Seizures
  • Heart emergencies, such as heart attack
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar which can cause confusion or loss of consciousness)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature from cold water)

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