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Posted : June 10, 2008
hi have been diving off and on now for 5 years and right from the time i became a.o.w diving to 20 meters or more. i always end the dive with a small amount of blood in my mask from my nose. which shocks a lot of the people i dive with .so could you tell me if i should me worried about this. also could you tell me if you have heard of "docs pro plugs" which are suppose to help equalization for divers if so do you think they are a good idea.
many thanks from pete

Posted : June 10, 2008
Blood in your mask is most often due to fragile blood vessels in the nose, which leak when exposed to changing pressure. It may be that you are susceptible to this, especially if you get nosebleeds at other times. Your doctor can check this out and if needs be cauterise the area. Rarely it can be a sign of high blood pressure, so get that checked at the same time.

Proplugs and the like are an acquired taste, some people love them and others hate them, but there is no reason not to give them a go - they can help you equalise and stop too much water getting in the ear.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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