Salt water in lungs, Problem or Annoyance?
I wanted to know if anyone has experienced problems after getting choked on saltwater during a swim? I recently completed my first long swim, after having been a swimmer my whole remembered life, during which I sucked in some serious water at one choppy point during the swim. I was fine for the swim, once I cleared it, but for a few days after the swim if I took more than a shallow breath I had to cough. The cough is gone, but I performed a peak flow test today (blowing as hard as you can on a meter as a part of an exercise test) and I measured in the 10th percentile for my age....after being a swimmer all my life, Division 1 scholarship, not-a-newbie-at-all????? I should be measuring well above the 50th percentile easily. I was so blown away, I didn't even think about the choking incident during my swim 2 weeks ago.
My swim was a 12 miler (or so) and I did pretty well, even after choking. I have never really choked when swimming before, but I got an enormous breath of water and had to work hard to clear it. I had been breathing every 3rd and skipped the breath before when I thought I was clear on 6th stroke, went to breathe and smacked with the chop- all water no air. This happened before the 1/2-way mark and I completed the swim. It wasn't until after the swim that I had minor issues with coughing, which I figured to be from the sucking of water. I have, however, noticed a slight tightness in my chest in the last few days. I have no cardiovascular abnormalities btw...
Just wondering if I could have some lingering issue from aspiration of saltwater (is this a thing or not), and if so, how long to resolve or do I need to do something about it?