Signs of choking

You can distinguish between complete or partial obstruction of the airway by noting the following features:

In partial obstruction, the person may:

  • have difficulty breathing, but may be able to call for help
  • have a persistent cough (the body's attempt at removing the obstruction)
  • produce snoring and/or wheezing sounds.

In complete obstruction, the person may:

  • be unable to speak, breathe or cry out
  • be gripping his/her throat
  • be agitated and distressed
  • have a blue/dark tinge on the lips due to low oxygen levels
  • rapidly lose consciousness.
Last modified: Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 9:56 PM