How to Treat a Conscious and Unconscious Adult Choking Victim

A person chokes when a foreign object becomes trapped at the back of the throat, either blocking the airway of causing a muscle spasm. Choking in adults is often caused by improperly chewed foods. In addition to choking on food, an infant or child may put a small object in their mouth that becomes trapped in the throat.

Symptoms of Choking:

  • Difficulty speaking
  • Trouble breathing
  • Congested face turning to a gray-blue color
  • Distress signs, such as pointing to the throat or grasping the neck

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