Summer Safety: Swimming-induced Pulmonary Edema


The term “secondary drowning” refers to when water gets into the lungs and irritates the inside of it – particularly the lining of the lungs. This irritation can result in the excessive buildup of fluid due to swelling, known as pulmonary edema. Unlike drowning or “dry drowning,” both of which occur instantly and need immediate medical treatment, swimming-induced pulmonary edema can take hours or several days to occur. However, when symptoms start, a victim must seek immediate medical treatment.