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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 had a medical before I learned to dive. Circumstances haven't changed in the 3 years since then but I haven't been diving for 2 years. Do I ne ...

Question - I started my PADI dive course last summer & was doing my first day open water dive in october. I didnt feel ill at the time although i didnt do th ...
I have had bilateral otitus media once before 12 years ago caused by a strep a virus. I used do lifesaving & do surface dives to 12 feet, after th ...

Question - I have never dived before but I am considering a diving course/ holiday in the near future. I am 37 years old and was diagnosed with type one diab ...

Question - Can you please explain the possible causes of swelling of the right upper lip and cheek following diving.
My buddy is 37, male, fit and healthy. He has had several episodes of painless swelling of his right upper lip over the past year following divin ...

Question - i recently had the joy of being diagnosed with corunary heart disease,and sucsesfully had two stents fitted,i now take asperin75mg,atorvastin10mg, ...
i am 40 years old and conventually perceaved fit ,i have completed several marthons and was training for london 2006 but have put this on hold ?i ...

Question - Hello, I am currently a BSAC Sports diver and have suffered a head injury and consequent seizure/ fit some 6 six weeks ago. This was non diving ...
I have not fitted again since the whack on the head and along with my GP feel this was the soul cause of the seizure.

Question - Can a pfo be that small that it isnt picked up on an echo??
I had DCS in '86, i was within the tables and had a good ascent. I was diagnosed with an air embolism and i also had numb legs from the knees down ...

Question - I recently had my 2nd Kidney Transplant Operation on 23rd December 2005, how would you advice me if I can return to diving? My transplant surgeon ...

Question - My friend is looking to learn to dive. She is 23 now and when she was a child had a grommet put in her right ear. She did a try-dive without any ...

Question - hi - I am a Paddy Open Water diver with about 25 dives under my belt. The last few dives I did have been a nightmare - I get very dizzy spells und ...

Question - Hi I am a Paddy open water diver and have been diving for about 10years with about 70 dives to my name and at the age of 55 require a the 2ye ...

Question - Hi. I have light asthma which is brought on by hayfever type allergies (pollen, dogs, horses etc). Do I need to declare this asthma if I want to ...

Question - Hello! I'm a divemaster, and hopefully will be diving this easter. However, early december my GP diagnosed me with pluracy. I have since been on ...

Question - Jules, I am an advanced PADI qualified diver and have completed 50+ dives. In September last year I had a Caroitid Artery Dissection caused by ...

Question - I went diving in Lanzarote and while i was there i decied to do some diving 08/12/05. Since then i seem to have some water trapped in my middle ea ...

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