Can choking cause someone to lose consciousness?

Patient : My dad is in his mid 40s and he has seasonal allergies. He was eating watermelon and he suddenly started coughing. He went back and seemed like he was dead. He woke up minutes later but he said he could hear us yelling at first but then he couldn't, and right now he has a headache. What caused it? What happened?
Doctor :   It seems like it was a choking spell, rather than an allergic episode. He must have aspirated some amount of food partic le into his respiratory tract (wind pipe) while having his Watermelon. However, you should visit a General Physician for a thorough cardiac and neurological evaluation.

Related Q&A

Q: I was in vacation and 4 days into the trip I developed a itchy feeling all over my body. I have no bite marks however...

Q: I got a test ige immunoglobulin serum test . The value cams 520 ? What does this mean . I am a 30 years old mum .

Q: My friend took alegra and tussin and speed and now he says he is having a hard time breathing and stayingawake

Q: Hello, I had my nose pierced about 4 weeks ago. I thought I was starting to get an infection but it turned out to be...

Q: I really want a cat but suffer with allergies. Is there any way I can live with one and control the allergy


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon