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Post dive mucus

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by zekethesheik, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. zekethesheik

    zekethesheik Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SW Washington State
    I noticed upon surfacing after every dive last week up in the Browning Pass BC area I had a big ball of fairly bright orange mucus that I expectorated. Not to get too gross, but it was kind of "airy", too.

    Any thoughts or experience?
  2. Lee Taylor

    Lee Taylor Crusty old diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    The pressure differences cause it. Its common. Always clear your face after a dive. Some peoples blood vessels are close to the surface and break easily causing the coloration.
  3. *dave*

    *dave* Instructor, Scuba

    Diving is a mucous intensive sport. A good buddy will always do a boog check for you once you surface and prior to interacting with others.
  4. DennisW

    DennisW Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    Isn't SCUBA a glamorous sport? :D
  5. diverdoug1

    diverdoug1 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Florida (via Texas and New York)
    Blood tinged mucus after a diver can commonly be a result of sinus barotrauma. Frequent gentle clearing on descent and slowing your ascent rate can help, but not always eliminate this.
  6. reefduffer

    reefduffer ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego CA
    I get it with some regularity, a little red-orange goop inside my mask. It doesn't really bother me, I'm long past being grossed out by what my body does, it doesn't hurt (in fact I don't know it's happening except visually) and I don't feel "at risk" as a result. Except ...

    One time earlier this year, it happened at depth, and I just couldn't figure out what the black stuff that was obscuring my vision was. As it happened, I was already a little stressed, very cold local water and my first time on the Yukon, and diving in thick kelp, but I couldn't feel anything external. And I had a new mask on, so I was a little worried it was exuding something from the skirt. Turns out I was just too deep to see red. As I ascended, it started to turn orange, and I had an aha! moment, and was back to normal - no longer worried, just annoyed.

    It kind of put me over the top stress-wise though, couldn't hold my safety stop, and I scrubbed the second dive.

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