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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 - Hi. I have been taking propranalol slow release for many years for essential tremour. Will I be allowed to dive?
13 August Monday, 3:38 AM
Question - Hi, my partner and I are visiting Egypt in a few weeks and plan to do a lot of snorkling. My partner is looking to purchase a prescription mask (s ...
9 August Thursday, 4:30 AM
Question - Hi, I'm in the recovery phase of Viral Labyrinthitis at the moment, feeling nearly back to normal but only a week since I was back on my feet afte ...
9 August Thursday, 4:14 AM
Question - Malaria tablet- It appears many GPs have different opinion as to which are OK for divers. Couuld anyone advise which are most common/used. I am ...
24 July Tuesday, 3:31 AM
Question - Hi Doc As a beginner about to take the plunge, I had an RTA about 20 yrs ago and suffered a partially collapsed lung (neuma thorax??) and was not ...
13 July Friday, 7:07 AM
Question - Hi there, in 2003 when i was 24 i suffered from a stroke (clot not bleed). The cause was unknown. I suffered temp right sided paralysis but am no ...
11 July Wednesday, 9:25 AM
Question - hi doc,before i could do my open water i had to see a doc in cyprus,i have spondulotious of the kneck n sufer with tenis elbow,he said i was ok to ...
11 July Wednesday, 9:18 AM
Question - Hi Dr Firth A few weeks ago I had an unsuccessful op to repair a PFO following 'undeserved' decompression sickness. I had a further bubble stud ...
21 June Thursday, 7:18 AM
Question - Hi I have just been to have my eyes tested. (have been wearing glasses for 5 years now) I am aged 52 and just recently taken up diving last year. ...
20 June Wednesday, 4:40 AM
Question - Light Hearing Problems and Infections after diving and still got them 9 Months later.
I had a outer Ear Infection in both ears approx 9 months ago, which i can only assume is from the diving, 9 months later and not dived since i sti ...
5 June Tuesday, 11:13 AM
Question - Hi I am thinking of training for a diving instructor qualification. I am however colour blind. Will this affect my ability to pursue this path ...
4 June Monday, 7:36 AM
Question - Greetings noble physician. Later this year I'm going away for a week on a southern Red Sea liveaboard and would appreciate your suggestions fo ...
I seem to be somewhat prone to the dreaded otis externa.
29 May Tuesday, 7:20 AM
Question - Hi I have never been diving before but was planning to learn next month. I used to have a perforated eardrum due to repeated ear infections as ...
29 May Tuesday, 7:17 AM
Question - Hi Dr Firth I had a severe spinal bend in August last year which was treated with several sessions in a hyperbaric chamber. We'd done a weekend's ...
24 May Thursday, 3:43 AM
Question - my 21 year son hopes to go diving in thialand this year.3 years ago he had a car accident and one of the injuries he sustained was a pneumothorax. ...
21 May Monday, 3:01 AM
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