Can cold air really choke someone to death?

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Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby LadyGaia95 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:03 pm

News article saying that inhaling very cold (below 0 degrees Fahrenheit) air causes extreme swelling of the thymus and subsequent asphyxiation:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2 ... 10,1795860


A sudden, shocking fright can also cause a rapid and fatal expansion of the thymus: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1 ... 54,2319858

What do you think?

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:17 pm

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:22 pm

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby silverdrake » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:44 pm

I've had many days of below zero degree weather this month here in NW Ohio.

This type of weather is very unusual for the MidWest.

But I digress.

NEVER, not even once, has inhaling below zero degrees caused me any problems.



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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby LadyGaia95 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:03 pm

silverdrake wrote:I've had many days of below zero degree weather this month here in NW Ohio.

This type of weather is very unusual for the MidWest.

But I digress.

NEVER, not even once, has inhaling below zero degrees caused me any problems.



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Degrees F or Celcius? And, for how long? It also depends if you covered your airways to prevent the cold getting in.

The article mentioned it was -2 degrees F and the victim went to his barn to do chores.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby silverdrake » Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:07 pm

Two weeks ago here it was MINUS 15 degrees F during the DAY.

For several days in a row.

I didn't cover my nose, face, or mouth.

And yet here I am responding to your ridiculous post.

Oh, and for the last 5 days it's been below zero degrees F at night, and I survived going outside then, too.
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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby LadyGaia95 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:08 pm

silverdrake wrote:Two weeks ago here it was MINUS 15 degrees F.

For several days in a row.

I didn't cover my nose, face, or mouth.

And yet here I am responding to your ridiculous post.

Oh, and for the last 5 days it's been below zero degrees F at night, and I survived going outside then, too.



Again duration of exposure is a big factor in cold-induced adverse effects.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby silverdrake » Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:12 pm

Duration of exposure does make a difference.

But you didn't address that in your first post.

Therefore, why I answered the way that I did.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby DrMatt » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:18 pm

You can drown in water. Don't drink water!!!!
You can drown in orange juice. Don't drink orange juice!!!
You can drown in Vodka. You get the idea.
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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Nyarlathotep » Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:21 am

LadyGaia, do you ever have a stupid thought that you don't feel inclined to share? Hmmmm?
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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby HghrSymmetry » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:56 am

Nyarlathotep wrote:Idiot #1, #2, & #3, do you ever have a stupid thought that you don't feel inclined to share? Hmmmm?


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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby corplinx » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:37 am

Fun fact. The mucus membrane around your larynyx can freeze in extreme cold. The growing ball of ice in your throat can suffocate you.

Of course, unless you are climbing Everest it doesn't really happen.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:44 am

corplinx wrote:Fun fact. The mucus membrane around your larynyx can freeze in extreme cold. The growing ball of ice in your throat can suffocate you.

Of course, unless you are climbing Everest it doesn't really happen.


Of course if you have ice growing in you larynx you are pretty much dead already
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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:06 am

Which is why, of course, never use sudaphed or other substances that dry out the mucous membranes because they could then develop dry ice which is much worse. . . .

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby silverdrake » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:10 am

Then the question would be: can someone be allergic to dry ice?

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:14 am

The same way they are allergic to fire.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby silverdrake » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:23 am

And air.

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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:41 am

Fun fact. If you took all the veins from your body and laid them end to end...you would die
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Re: Can cold air really choke someone to death?

Postby Doctor X » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:02 am

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