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All questions are answered by Dr Oliver Firth, one of the doctors at the London Diving Chamber. Dr Firth has had a wide variety of experience as a doctor in both the UK and Australia. He writes regularly for ‘Sport Diver’ Magazine and gives talk on hyperbaric medicine.

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Question - Am I safe to dive having recently had pneumonia?
I am a PADI open water diver and have done 100 or so dives in the last 9 years. I am due to go diving in the Maldives next week (Biyadoo). I ...
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9 January Wednesday, 10:50 AM
Question - Hi, I'm 24 years old and have been diving since I was 12. About 18 months ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and am taking Seroquel (queti ...
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29 December Saturday, 8:43 PM
Question - i am wondering the best way to get myself fit to dive?
i am overweight and smoke. i had fairly bad bronchitis last year, and at the time was given a test that involved me blowing into a tube and was to ...
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11 December Tuesday, 2:43 PM
Question - Am I OK to fly long haul again 3yrs after a serious DCI?
Apologies for the length. I did my PADI Open Water in Thailand in Oct 2004. Afterwards on the last day of the course I felt awful and to cut a ...
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10 December Monday, 4:47 PM
Question - Diving in less that 10 degrees C in a semi dry...
Hi doc...i'm looking at diving stoney next week. I see from the site that the water temp is at 8 degrees c. I recently dived Vobster quarry at 20M ...
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10 December Monday, 12:51 PM
Question - IM CURRENTLY DOING A DIVEMASTER COURSE AND HAVE BEEN ASK TO HAVE A HSE MEDICAL WILL YOU PASS IF YOU ARE ON ANTIDEPRESSENT OR WHAT ONES CAN YOU TAK ...
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13 November Tuesday, 9:57 AM
Question - Hi, I've just had my right hip resufaced,I'm going to be on crutchs for 6 weeks, how long should I be leaving it before I return to diving, I'm 46 ...
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2 November Friday, 12:58 PM
Question - Can I dive with an atiral tachycardia?
I have done 13 dives in the last two years and in August I was diagnosed with an Atrial Tachycardia. The palpitaions started in October last year ...
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30 October Tuesday, 9:43 AM
Question - What is the minimum requirement for someone to administer O2?
Our club has recently purchased an O2 kit, and with divers ranging from OW upto Rescue diver with EFR (a couple being Red Cross Trained) but none ...
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29 October Monday, 2:32 PM
Question - i have asthma (mild) and only need my inhalers when i have a cold or a chest infection which isnt often and i have never had an attack , can i st ...
i do running and swimming on a weekly baisis and do not need my inhaler during regular exersise and on holdiay i did snorkling on aregular basis i ...
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29 October Monday, 1:58 PM
Question - I have a recently healed corneal ulcer , having accidentally poked myself in the eye with my fingernail removing a contact lens about 4 weeks ago ...
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10 October Wednesday, 9:49 AM
Question - breast lift (mastopexy)
I am considering having the above (with no implant) and wondered what time to leave after the op before I dive. The consultant recommends 6 weeks ...
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24 September Monday, 2:50 PM
Question - Hi Doc, I've had a few migraines, not recently, but over a period of time. There does not seem to be any obvious trigger. I do not take any preven ...
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19 September Wednesday, 4:24 PM
Question - Hi, can you please tell me the difference between decompression illness and sub-clinical decompression illness as I am a little confused. Best ...
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29 August Wednesday, 1:01 PM
Question - Hi Doc. Im looking at going for my commercial diving cert but recently, after a medical had a high blood pressure reading.
I had a reading of 160/113. pulse rate of 80. Was told to go and have a 24hr bp monitor fitted. Had the bp monitor fitted for a whole weekend and ...
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20 August Monday, 3:49 PM
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