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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 - 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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Question - Is warfarin contra-indicated in diving?
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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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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I'm scheduled to go to southern Egypt in 2 1/2 weeks. about 3 weeks ago I had terrible pains in my lower back and left leg. I was dianosed as have ...
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I have just returned from a weekend diving and the first dive was to around 38m and I descended fairly fast. I sometimes have problems equalising ...
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - During or after my last two diving holidays I have come down with acute tonsilitis. Two years ago I saw a consultant about persistent swelling ...
I am male, 25, in good health, no health issues other than this. I haven't come down with a sore throat or tonsilitis every time I have dived, but ...
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I have had difficulty equalising since I did my padi open water and subsequent sea dives. After dives I go deaf in my right ear which swells, for ...
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I have diabetes 2, which is controlled by tablet, also hypertension which is controlled by tablet. would I be able to scuba dive? would I also nee ...
diabetes-metaphormin: 500mg blood pressure: Ramipril 1.25
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I had a kidney transplant in 2003 and would now like to learn to scuba dive. I am physically fit as I regularly run and have completed 3 marathons ...
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3 July Monday, 1:16 PM
Question - I have type 1 diabetes and I have been diving regularly for apx. 18 months with PADI AOW accreditation. My diabetes is well controlled and I take ...
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