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What medical conditions stop you from diving?
Medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and many cardiac conditions were long considered absolute contraindications to scuba diving.
Can you go diving if you have healthy problems?
If you are considering diving for the first time, you should be in good health, especially your heart and lungs. You should be able to swim and be comfortable in the water. Mentally, you need a mature attitude and good judgment and self discipline – fun diving is safe diving!
Can a person with COPD go scuba diving?
Unfortunately, COPD is a contraindication to diving for several reasons. With COPD, there are abnormal enlargements of the air spaces in the lungs and destruction of the air sac (alveoli) walls, reducing their elasticity. The alveolar walls are normally elastic like a balloon.
Which condition can affect divers?
Many diving accidents or illnesses are related to the effect of pressure on gases in the body;
- Compression arthralgia.
- Decompression sickness.
- Dysbaric osteonecrosis.
- High pressure nervous syndrome.
- Nitrogen narcosis.
- Oxygen toxicity.
Can asthmatics go scuba diving?
Medical experts recognise that people with well controlled asthma can go scuba-diving, although it’s important to remember that when you dive you’re exposed to things that can trigger asthma symptoms in some people (cold air, exercise, and heightened emotions).
Can you scuba dive with a deviated septum?
Fitness to Dive There is no contraindication to diving with an asymptomatic deviated septum. If recurrent infections or difficulty equalizing occurs, an ENT consultation is suggested.
Is scuba diving bad for asthmatics?
Diving is not advisable if your asthma is triggered by exercise or cold air. Diving often requires you to exert yourself (swimming against currents is hard work!). Even when diving in exotic places, air from a tank is cold and dry, which can be irritating to the lungs.
Can you dive with hyperthyroidism?
Participation in recreational scuba diving is usually considered unsafe for individuals with hyperthyroidism. In untreated hyperthyroidism, thyroxin can be released in large quantities, causing debilitating symptoms for the submerged diver. Don’t dive without treatment.
Can you go diving if you have asthma?
Diving may be hazardous to the lung function of patients with asthma. Despite the risks of SCUBA diving, many asthmatic individuals can dive without serious diving events. Diving evaluations for asthmatic patients have focused on a thorough patient history, spirometry, allergy testing, and bronchial challenges.
Can you scuba dive with bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammatory condition of the airways of the lung. It directly affects the lungs ability to move air and may affect the normal gas exchange. At no time should an individual with bronchitis dive without first being treated and cleared by an appropriate diving medical officer.
What is decompression illness?
Decompression sickness, also called generalized barotrauma or the bends, refers to injuries caused by a rapid decrease in the pressure that surrounds you, of either air or water. It occurs most commonly in scuba or deep-sea divers, although it also can occur during high-altitude or unpressurized air travel.
What is caisson’s disease?
Acute decompression syndrome (Caisson’s disease) is an acute neurological emergency in divers. It is caused due to release of nitrogen gas bubbles that impinge the blood vessels of the spinal cord and brain and result in severe neurodeficit. There are very few case reports in Indian literature.