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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 - My husband has dived for over 42 years and underwater photography has been his life. In 2008 he was diagnosed with bells palsy which led to the di ...
20 August Monday, 5:27 PM
Question - Hi there - I'm new to the forum but I'm looking for some help with something. I've been diving for a number of years but I have a friend who is l ...
7 August Tuesday, 4:50 PM
Question - I have just been told I have Derkins Disease, is it safe to dive.
I am 54yrs old, I dont smoke and a little overweight if I was being honest. One of the small lumbs is a little sore the others dont give me any pr ...
30 July Monday, 3:04 PM
Question - I am an experienced diver with around 360 dives to date. I travel to Thailand in December and hope to dive whilst i am there. However, I have deve ...
6 June Wednesday, 2:00 PM
Question - hi doc last christmas i suffered a Spontaneous phneumothorax and have wandered since will i be adle to dive again
i have suffered from plurecie but not seriously before as well as infentile ashma which only lasted a few months and since christmas my lung has ...
30 April Monday, 2:32 PM
Question - My 16yr old daughter us going on a trip in the summer and the final part us to take part in the Padi. She has over the past 12months had occasions ...
30 April Monday, 2:12 PM
Question - Hi Doc, on my last medical i had a slightly high blood sugar level ,so i went the GP and had blood tests that were borderline so I then had a gluc ...
I am 42 ,fit ,regularly train quite muscular,non smoker, light drinker, No symptoms - Also just passed ENG-1 medical no problems with urine test.
16 April Monday, 9:54 AM
Question - Diving and Type I diabetes
I would like to take my daughter diving. She is Type I diabetes on an insulin pump, She also takes thyroxine. Does the effect or absorption rate o ...
3 April Tuesday, 2:59 PM
Question - Hi Doc, maybe my case is not uncommon and you can suggest a remedy. Recently I have been finding it hard to clear my ears, especially the right on ...
15 March Thursday, 9:14 AM
Question - Diving after breaking Clavicle and
I broke my left clavicle, which needed to be plated. The surgery was successful and other than the odd twinge everything seems to be fine. I wa ...
14 March Wednesday, 9:52 AM
Question - if diagnosed, will Menniers disease mean no more diving.
30 January Monday, 9:25 AM
Question - I'm trying to persuade a friend of mine to come diving. She's keen but has been told by her Doctor that she can not dive as she has breast implant ...
30 January Monday, 9:21 AM
Question - After a dive, water pours from my nose! This can be hours after a dive! Is this normal? I haven't heard of anyone else having the same 'problem'...
18 January Wednesday, 12:37 PM
Question - Numb fingertips 3 days after shallow cold dive
I was diving in cold water (@8 degrees) for 40 mins at very shallow depths (max 6.1 m) on sat. This is the lowest temp I have ever been diving at ...
17 January Tuesday, 2:45 PM
Question - corneal erosion
I have a history of epithelial basement membrane dystrophy treated successfully by laser surgery many years ago (perhaps about 15 years ago). I a ...
9 January Monday, 9:28 AM
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