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a question for scuba divers

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a question for scuba divers

I would love to learn to scuba dive and am a huge water person. I have snorkeled a lot too. My problem is my sinus. A couple of years ago I became allegic to a bunch of things and it just impacts my sinus. I have pressure frequently in the sinus region. If I have this sinus problem that doesn't look like it is going away, will I be able to scuba dive? I do not wan to spend the money taking a class if it is not realistic. Anyone?? Thanks in advance. Christy

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try sudafed tablets, if that doesn't work you will have a big problem with the water pressure

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Regardless if you are going to dive or not those sinuses need to be followed up on. Have you received any care from an Otolaryngologist(to make things easier call it an ENT ear, nose and throat specialist)? There are various nasal sprays and even low dose oral steroids they may have you try. In the worst case scenario, they can do a roto-rooter(sorry, but that is the best description I can do) job on those sinuses. It is an easy outpatient surgery.

You are right that swollen sinuses are incompatable with diving. However once you can manage the inflammation it is possible. I take decongestants before I dive due to my ears. It does seem to help. However, I only do it as a precautionary measure and not as a treatment for active inflammation. Good luck with this. I hope you get a chance to try diving. It is so addictive. I just got certified last year.


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Christy..........where to start!.......as much as the previous posters are offering good suggestions, I wouldn't, in your shoes, try any of that until you find out more about what your condition is. Many of my divers who have sinus issues actually find out that the salt water even HELPS flush out the problem. Others find out that their conditions rule out diving altogether. Your allergies make me wonder about asthma which is a whole other ball of wax!........(no ear jokes intended).............I think that the best thing for you to do is get your medical history organized and call DAN= Divers Alert Network with your info and ask a professional versed in diving medicine. They are based at Duke University in Durham, NC and THEY will be able to advise you and they can be trusted. Also be careful about doctors who tell you to go for it UNLESS they know something about diving........I can't tell you how many times I have heard of people receiving advice from physicians who do NOT understand what the pressure issues involve.

I am no doctor, but that's my suggestion for where to start.

Good luck and I bet you will find out that there is a simple solution...........Betsy

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I have sinus problems but still dive. Your best bet is to ask a dive doctor. As Betsy said you also can call DAN or Divers Alert Network.

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Betsy is right on. See your physician and get his/her input 1st. No need to take a chance.

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If there is a dive club in your area back home try to get in touch with them or a dive shop in your area and see if they had any recomendations for Dr.s that deal with divers and diver related issues . If there is someone that can see you in whatever health plan you have you should get some pretty good advice as to what you can do and the safety and risks involved.

To follow up if your cleared to dive from the Dr. and something comes up on a future dive trip don't be afraid to cancel a dive. Its always best to play things safe .

With all that being said I hope that you are able to dive and most likely you should be . Snorkling is real fun but the possibilities with scuba are amazing and scuba in Cozumel and the Riviera Maya is like Heaven .

One thing I have to warn you about , you might find yourself having a new addiction . You might find yourself on this board frequently plotting your next trip to Cozumel.

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