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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 There Ive got a feeling that i never sent my last message. Sorry if i did. My question was that i had DCS Type 2 three weeks ago (bubble in ...
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Question - I'm a DM wanting to do my ODC later this year. I've just had a bad ear infection which resulted to having a cholosteatoma. I'm having surgery for ...
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Question - Help! My boyfriend & i are going to sharm el sheikh on holiday in August. He has his heart set on diving but has a perforated ear drum that he's ...
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30 August Wednesday, 8:13 PM
Question - I went on my first sea dive and I was fine whilst the boat was moving but once it stopped and I started getting kitted up I was baddly seasick and ...
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30 August Wednesday, 8:13 PM
Question - guys need advice is there a weight limit on learnign to dive. as im a large guy but want to learn to go on holiday next year and dive..
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30 August Wednesday, 8:13 PM
Question - my girlfriend has a bad ear infection twice a year for the last five years ,
for the last five years, since giving up diving through it (the dive tutor?loaded her up with rocks because she had buoyancy trouble!!)any way twi ...
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4 August Friday, 11:43 PM
Question - Family of five, four divers, someone always gets an ear infection on holdiay - all four last year in Maldives, possibly due to high level of plank ...
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4 August Friday, 11:43 PM
Question - I was wondering how long it takes for a perforated ear drum to heal and then when it is safe to dive again. Thanks
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4 August Friday, 11:43 PM
Question - Is warfarin contra-indicated in diving?
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4 August Friday, 11:43 PM
Question - I will be undertaking my start in the diving world next year and hope to take numerous courses and enjoy the sport, even though i have asthma. It ...
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11 July Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Question - Hi, I broke a rib at the beginning of April and bruised the muscles again 2 weeks ago. I saw the doctor and had X-Ray taken. They showed that the ...
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11 July Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Question - I broke my heel in three peices on 3rd June 2006. How long should I wait before going diving again? Should I limit depth of dives?
I'd like to dive in the Med this August.
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11 July Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Question - I have logged 100+ 70 in stoney cove during the winter. i am up to padi rescue.i felt i was ok to go deeper that 30m. i hit 33m (stoney cove)and i ...
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11 July Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Question - Hi There I am leaving on Sunday to go diving for 5 weeks (sounds like heaven). I was wondering what i could do to prevent myself getting an ear ...
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11 July Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Question - Hey, I'm an 18-year-old newly qualified Open Water Diver, and on each of the 5 dives I have now been on I've subsequently suffered from really bad ...
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