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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 - Hi there, our DM has just fractured his ankle and will be in plaster for 4 weeks ish, how soon after that should he consider himself fit for divin ...
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Question - Dear Dr Firth I have been living for 8 years with aseptic polyarthritis which is now well controlled with Enbrel. Last blood test was CRP 9 ESR ...
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Question - hi dr oliver, i have recently had an operation for the removal of a bladder stone and am currently on tamsulin tablets(once daily) i am going to d ...
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Question - I have had a day’s diving in Oman first dive to 22m the second dive to 18m both for about 45mins, I had a small problem clearing my right ear, but ...
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Question - Herbal Supplements
Hi there, I was just wondering if it's ok to take Echinacea while diving (although not LITERALLY at the same time!). It's just a herbal suppeme ...
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Question - Doctor, regarding the question on the divers medical statement Do you "have a family history of heart attack or stroke"
I'm now 45, my father had a heart attack aged 60, caused by angina and brought on by stress; he survives to this day (70 now). My grandparents all ...
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Question - I just read in my course book (PADI) for the Enriched Air Nitrox Diver certificate that steroid and thyroid hormones could increase the susceptibi ...
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Question - Hi i am just wondering if there is any hse approved diving doctors in the rep. of ireland
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Question - Doctor, regarding the question on the divers medical statement Do you "have a family history of heart attack or stroke"
I'm now 45, my father had a heart attack aged 60, caused by angina and brought on by stress; he survives to this day (70 now). My grandparents all ...
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Question - Hey i just returned from sharm el sheikh on wednesday morning where i had gone to do my padi upto and inc open water diver i had a "try dive" 2 ye ...
im a 33 yr old male slighly overweight and i smoke and i did have a huge blow to the ear in question about 6 months ago
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Question - hi there, i recently returned from a diving trip only dived to 6m max and whilst under water i noticed that some water had entered my left ear. af ...
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Question - Joint Pain !!! Help to Diagnose.
Hi, I am a new diver looking for some advice please. I started diving in May in Turkey doing my PADI Open water. I came home with the bug an ...
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Question - Hi Dr Firth. Hope you will be able to tell me, if, and hopefully, when i'll be able to dive again. ...
I last dived a few months ago.After we had packed the gear away and were going for a brew i was "sqeulching" water out of my right ear with m y fi ...
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Question - Hello i am an 18 year old male advanced open water diver going to thailand to do a divemaster course and then work in thailand as a divemaster. 4 ...
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Question - Hi Dr Firth, I have a small umbilical hernia that needs treatment at some point in the not too distant furture. How will that effect my diving. My ...
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