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Posted : March 29, 2016
Posted : Today, 2016
hi I really want to dive, but I have mild asthma. I am happy to get a medical, but perhaps I am wasting my time from the outset. I have excercise induced asthma, but only use ventolin when needed, I am a very active individual, I run, paraglide, ski , kitesurf, snorkel etc. I do take my inhaler before some exercise as a preventive measure. If I take the inhaler I am completely fine and my gp considers my asthma under control. E.g before kitesurfing and then will not need it again. It is not practical to keep it with me. If I use my ventolin the peak flow is normal. Am I wasting my time to get a dive medical? Is it unacceptable to use the inhaler before the test? I am realistic, if I was going to dive I would want to take some puffs on the ventolin before diving.
Hi sorry to ask this question as I am sure it is asked every week. However I cannot find a search function

Posted : April 4, 2016
Thanks for the query.

Exercise-induced asthma can be a problem for diving, as unexpected events can make sudden demands on your exercise tolerance, and any form of exertion is much harder underwater. Clearly you can't take any sort of inhaler down with you, so we need to be as sure as possible that you will not get any exercise-induced asthma before certifying you for diving.

That said, I do think it would be worth you getting an assessment, as we can do various tests to gauge the risk. So see your local diving doc and see what they say.

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