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Yellow nasal discharge?

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by eggman131, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. eggman131

    eggman131 Angel Fish

    Hi all - Apologies for having to describe this rather nasty condition, but facts are facts, right?

    I just finished 3 two-tank dives in Key West. My assumption is that everyone gets clogged up to a certain extent, but my nasal discharge after surfacing and blowing my nose can only be described as a brilliant yellow! One DM didn't seemed too concerned, referencing the fact that your sinuses are cleared out, etc. Ever experienced this? Am I normal?

    I should mention that I'm heavy on the allergies and never really have totally clear nasal passages. (Yes, I can clear my mask; no, I wouldn't dive if I couldn't breathe through my nose at all).


    MAGELLAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston, Texas
    I've had a similar experience. But I was using (don't tell anyone) Afrin, to see if it would help me equalize my ears any better. Seemed to help a litte, not sure. However, I did notice that each time I came up I would blow out a nice amber colored pool of snot. So, I wasn't sure if it was a little blood, or just old mucus that had been worked loose with all the changes in pressure, Afrin, and lake water up the nose etc. Well, I don't think Ive helped too much but at least you know your not alone. :eek:ut:
  3. DocVikingo

    DocVikingo Senior Member Staff Member

    Bright yellow nasal discharge can be a sign of sinusitis, allergic or from other causes. This condition often is accompanied by other features like frontal headache & pain around the eye region, but not necessarily.

    In the absence of any other signs, symptoms or lab findings, or any limitations in breathing or carrying out the range of clearing functions, such mucosal discharge likely doesn't pose any significant threat to safe scuba.

    This is educational only and does not constitute or imply a doctor-patient relationship. It is not medical advice to you or any other individual, and should not be construed as such. If you have concerns about nasal discharge, consult with your doctor or an ENT.

    Best regards.

  4. rmediver2002

    rmediver2002 Instructor, Scuba

    Did not notice were you are from but I have had off color discharge at certain times of the year from the amounts of pollen in the area.

    I live in the pan handle and we get quite a bit of pine pollen blown into the area in the early spring. So much so in fact it leaves a neon yellow looking ring around any body of water.

    Just another curiousity...

    Jeff Lane
  5. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

    It sounds like its time for a salt water nasal/sinus flush.Try 1/4 tsp per pint of water.
    They make dodads that go on a water pick, my roomie just uses a squeeze bottle with a cork on the end.
  6. eggman131

    eggman131 Angel Fish

    Bob, isn't that what I got . . . in the ocean?!? ;)
  7. Henry

    Henry Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    I just did quick search on the topic and found your thread but no replies that really answered your question. I am getting the same brilliant yellow snot at the end of a dive, but only some times. It doesn't seem to effect my breathing, equalizing or clearing of any squeezes. I don't seem to have a cold and it is happening in both cold water and warm water diving.

    Have you figured out why it does that yet?

  8. Uncle Pug

    Uncle Pug Swims with Orca ScubaBoard Supporter

    Have you considered the correspondence between your screen name and the issue of your issue?

    No yoke.
  9. Henry

    Henry Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    I am sorry. I don't understand what you mean by "the issue of your issue". Could you explain? And I am also not clear on what my screen name has to do with my question.

    Please clarify.

  10. awap

    awap Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Central TX

    UP's post was directed to Eggman, not you. I guess the yoke is on you though!

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