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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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That's a fairly classic story of what happens when the sinuses and eustachian tube are congested. Unfortunately diving with pre-existing congestio ...
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2 July Monday, 9:52 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 ...
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21 June Thursday, 1:18 PM
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. ...
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20 June Wednesday, 10:40 AM
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As long as the infection has been treated to your dentist's satisfaction then you should be good to go. Once the root canal work has been done the ...
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19 June Tuesday, 12:57 PM
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 ...
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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 ...
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4 June Monday, 1:36 PM
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Thanks for the query. You can dive with a temporary filling as long as the dentist is sure there is no air space within the tooth. Any air space c ...
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31 May Thursday, 9:49 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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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18 May Friday, 12:08 PM
Question - can i still dive if i am taking reductil or xenical?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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2 May Wednesday, 4:09 PM
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