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Discussion in 'Ask Dr. Decompression' started by cynsearles@hotmail.com, Oct 17, 2000.

  1. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Talking medication in order to be able to dive is a mistake. I'm sure you remember the spiel from your openwater course that if medication happens to wear-off during the dive you're going to be in big big trouble. The damage you can do to your ears may be irreversible, further the barotrauma may even lead to a tradgedy in which a funeral may be required.

    I'll be honest with you, I'm one of the loudest voices I know of when it comes to spreading the news about the wonders of the aquatic realm, but is it worth permanent injury?

    If there is a surgical solution, you should definitely do your research and work toward that goal. Taking decongestants in the meantime.... bad news! 8-(
  2. John Reinertson

    John Reinertson Barracuda

    In general, your comments are accurate. The old prohibition specifically referred to he use of decongestant nasal sprays and/or short acting pseudoephedrine and other decongestant meds. These can and do cause rebound congestion and reverse squeeze on ascent.
    Navy divers, Air force fighter pilots,BSAC,commercial divers, FAA and others all approve of Nasal cortisone sprays to control allergies and the problems they cause with equalization.
    The experts at the diving medicine conferences I've attended agree there is no contraindication to using these and diving. Whetehr these are the right medicines for you is up to you and your doctor, but there's no contraindication to using them and diving.
    Dive safe (and painlessly)

  3. Iguana Don

    Iguana Don Guest

    It's not that I can't equalize on my own without medication, it just takes longer. And once I get equalized every thing is fine, no problems. Just hate being the last one down. Maybe I should jump in first.
    Thanks for your concern.
    I bet the "King" is rolling on the floor thinking my nose looks like Rocky Marciano's. But no, it's not that noticible.
    Thanks again.
  4. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Jumping in first would certainly be a better choice than taking unnecessary risks. Ultimately, you are an adult that will make your own choices. Just take the comments and advice you read on these posts with a grain of salt.
  5. Dr Deco

    Dr Deco Medical Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Issaquah [20 miles east of Seattle], Washington.
    I can recall when I was associated with a hyperbaric medicine unit that some people would require fifteen minutes to get to 33 feet!! That is pretty much the tail-end of the curve, but be assured that your problem is by no means that bad.

    Some people also can not do well going down head first.

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