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Allergies & Diving

Discussion in 'Dive into Fitness' started by R A Diver, May 16, 2012.

Do you have allergy problems which prevent diving

Poll closed Jun 15, 2012.
  1. Yes, severe

    0 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but not sever

    0 vote(s)
  3. Have never had equalization problems

    2 vote(s)
  4. Have had equalization problems but not with allergies

    1 vote(s)
  5. Was having problems but medication helped

    0 vote(s)
  6. Do you have allergies to grass

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  1. R A Diver

    R A Diver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Sugar Grove, North Carolina
    After four years as a dive (but not enough diving) have discovered that allergies are a major cause of difficulty to equalize while diving At first my ENT through it was just inexperience with diving. After batteries of test, allergy medications, surgery on ear drums to relieve fluid behind ear drum, and finally the allergy basic testing procedure have discovered that my problem is grass probably high allergies to coastal bermuda. This became very evident when going on a non-diving trip in Florida this past year. Within 24 hours of arrival in Tampa ears were closing up. It appears that my high allergies to coastal grass causes an unnoticed swelling of the eustation tubes until after I have a dive or two. I've practiced the nasal spray preventative since beginning scuba diving.
    Am currently on two allergy medication, both long term. One is a nasal spray and the other a replacement to weekly shots, an under the tongue daily administration. Due to travel over the year getting weekly shots is difficult when away a month at a time. Have had an ear infection since trip to Florida in Dec. 2011 (it's currently May). Due to various reasons, every dive trip I've attempted the last eight months has been canceled. Only once due to my ear problems Twice when already out to sea and was turned around due to condition at site. One was a live aboard in the Florida Keys which I had to cancel due to sinus problem. Have two major trips planned in the next two months and not sure if I should cancel and just give up diving. Preference for diving is open sea, wreck and night diving. I live in the North Carolina mountains and have had no problems.
    Am hoping to spend much of next winter in Florida and want to do some extensive diving.
    Any guidance or suggestions would be appreciated. Scuba diving is the fulfillment of a 40 year dream and I don't want to give it up due to something like allergies.
    Robert, A Diver

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