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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 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, 10:40 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, 5:13 PM
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, 1:36 PM
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, 1:20 PM
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, 1:17 PM
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, 9:43 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, 9:01 AM
Question - Hi I am a female diver, I am fairly new to diving after only logging 13 dives. I am overweight for my height but have never had any problems with ...
18 May Friday, 12:08 PM
Question - can i still dive if i am taking reductil or xenical?
14 May Monday, 11:58 AM
Question - Will I need the medical?
I am just filling out my R.S.T.C. Medical Statement to determine whether I will need to have a medical before starting the practical area of my PA ...
10 May Thursday, 1:31 PM
Question - Hi, I have been diving regularly for about 10 years with no health problems until recently. I am 44 and had the BSAC sport diver medical at my ...
2 May Wednesday, 4:09 PM
Question - Dear. Dr.
I am going to Uganda and Kenya and would like to use Malarone for malaria protection (I have used it before and tolerated it well). Is it ok to ta ...
2 May Wednesday, 4:01 PM
Question - Dear Doc. I am 57, fifteen stone, five foot eleven and in good health; I dive all year round in the UK and abroad occasionally. My problem is my ...
26 April Thursday, 2:52 PM
Question - Dear Dr, I have just done my PADI open water course in Egypt. Each day after diving my partner and I both suffered from dizziness, although we'd h ...
25 April Wednesday, 2:10 PM
Question - I am due to take my open water dives tomorrow in order to get my OW the problem being that i have a cold - as it's only to about 6m would I be oka ...
25 April Wednesday, 2:07 PM
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