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Posted : October 18, 2011
My 15 year old daughter is hoping to go on a diving trip with school. She has hayfever and asthma however she only uses her inhalers if she has hayfever or a cold. Having asked our GP to sign a medical form she has asked us to seek more expert advice. I would be very grateful for your views. Many thanks.

Posted : October 20, 2011
Thanks for the query.

Asthma is one of the commonest conditions we get asked about, and as with most diseases it is all a question of individual assessment. In children this is more complicated as one has to take into account other factors, such as their size, emotional maturity, ability to deal with panic etc. An asthma attack underwater can be very difficult to manage and has the potential to cause serious injury, so a detailed assessment of each case is required, by a doctor with diving medicine experience.

So the best advice I can give you is to take your daughter to your nearest dive doc and let them make an informed decision.

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