The cutting indigestion occurs when, as the name implies, indigestion is interrupted by the body itself when contacted with cold water during digestion. This occurs because the blood is absent to reach the organs responsible for leveling the change in body temperature , we are also exposed to it happening to us if we have been sunbathing or doing physical activities for a long time and we submerge ourselves under water, the shock of temperature produced by the difference of the same between the body and the water can generate the same symptoms.

Although these symptoms can appear in anyone, special care must be taken with children, who are unaware of these risks, and elderly people since they have a weaker heart rate and are more likely to suffer from the symptoms of a digestion cut .

What are the symptoms of a digestion cut?

Some of the most frequent symptoms when presenting a case of digestion cut are:

  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea
  • The cramps.
  • The stomachache .
  • The headache.
  • The cramps.
  • Sweating
  • The chills.
  • Pale skin
  • The heart rate drops considerably.
  • Blood pressure also drops.
  • Sometimes hives-like redness of the skin appears.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus.
  • The fading.

It is important that if you present any of these symptoms, and you are aware that you did the aforementioned activities, you immediately get out of the water and request help, since a digestive arrest has a high probability of ending in cardiac arrest and it is recommended to ask for help as soon as possible to greatly reduce the risk of cardiac arrest.

How to treat a digestion cut?

There are different ways to treat a digestion cut because there are several scenarios where you can suffer from it. The two most common scenarios where you can suffer from a digestion cut are at home and somewhere to bathe in public (beach, lake or pool), so we will tell you what to do in both cases as first aid while emergencies or a private doctor arrives.

How to treat a digestion cut at home?

In case of being in the house, the first thing is to remove the person from the bathroom or exercise and immediately make their body warm, for this we can dress them and put blankets, towels and whatever is within reach. After drying and putting the person to bed, if he or she does not present cardiac arrest, we have to keep the legs a little elevated to avoid as much as possible a lipothymia (loss of consciousness due to lack of blood in the brain) in isolated cases then From these actions the patient may have vomiting and diarrhea , in this case it is advisable to keep the patient hydrated.

How to treat a digestion cut at the beach, pool or lake?

In case of being in any of these places, the ideal is to alert the lifeguards of the site and call emergencies, if the lifeguards are not found, the first thing is to remove the person from the water and activate the chain of survival while emergencies arrive.

When taking the person out of the water, we lay them on their back to verify that they are breathing, if they breathe we must place them in the lateral safety position (on their side, supporting the head on one arm and bending one leg so that the person maintains the position) this will achieve that the person has better air flow while emergencies arrive.

If the person is not breathing, resuscitation maneuvers should be started as soon as possible, to perform these maneuvers you must lay the person on their back and raise their chin so that the airways are open and then perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (or with an artifact) with the combination of cardiac massages; It consists of kneeling in front of the person and in the middle of the imaginary line that is made with the two nipples, supporting the palm of the hand and intertwining the fingers with the other hand and with the arms stretched out, pressure is applied.

The ideal way is to perform two sets of 30 pressures followed by 2 insufflations (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Ideally, 90 pressures in one minute.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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