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Posted : April 19, 2014
Question about hayfever,allergies and equalizing?
I have been diving for a litle over a year and I always struggle to equialize and end up aborting over half my dives. I do get hayfever and I do have allergies which I suspect to the be the problem... I currently take anti-histamines and Nasonex but it doesnt seem to be making much difference.... BUT what I find strange is that I can clear my ears on land (90% of the time)with no problem.. Last week I was in Stobey Cove and I was fine down to about 7m.. All the way down to that I was equalizing no problem but as soon as I hit 7m I couldnt clear my left ear.. This isnt the 1st time this has happened to me either... So.. any idea why I am fine on land and at shallow depths?? does this sound like a hayfever/allergy issue?

I did dive in the caribean last year with no problems at all and I have dived in the UK in warmer weather with no hood with no problems??

Posted : April 22, 2014
Thanks for the query.

Odd that you can clear fine in the shallows, when the pressure changes are greater, but have trouble with increasing depth. There are numerous factors that may be involved, but if antihistamines and strong nasal steroids (such as Nasonex) aren't working then I'd suggest you need to see someone for a more in depth (pardon the pun) assessment.

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