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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is suffocation?

Suffocation is when the body doesn't get enough oxygen. Without immediate intervention, it can lead to loss of consciousness, brain injury, or death.

Symptoms of suffocation

  • Losing consciousness

  • Accidentally swallowed something

  • Feeling breathless

  • Pale looking

  • Face is persistently pale

  • Face turned pale transiently

  • Face is persistently pale and lips are purplish-blue

  • Accidentally left a small object where my child can reach it

Questions your doctor may ask to check for suffocation

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose suffocation

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Did you swallow any small object(s)?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you look more pale, wan or sickly than usual?

  • Is your face pale all the time?

Treatment for suffocation

Treatment for asphyxiation depends on the cause. It may include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Heimlich maneuver which is the first aid technique for choking, oxygen therapy and medications.

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Yoshinori Abe, MD

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