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.
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