What happens if you dive with a cold?

Can you dive with a cold?

If you do a self-assessment and you have persistent or worsening congestion and any other symptoms, you should consider yourself sick. Then the question is whether you’re too sick to dive. A relentlessly blocked-up head is unsafe for scuba. You won’t be able to clear your ears and sinuses while descending.

How long after a cold can you scuba dive?

For the common cold, it takes me a week to get over my congestion and runny nose. 2 weeks for my sinuses to clear up. And 3 weeks for my cough to go away. As long as you can equalize and perform up to par then I say it’s safe to go diving.

Can I scuba dive with a cough?

If your cough involves expectorating congestion or mucus from throat or lungs, I suggest you not dive. Without being vivid, you could “aspirate your expectoration” and choke or gag. Also, a persistent “dry cough” suggests, as noted above, that diving should be left to another day.

Can you get a cold after scuba diving?

There are many reasons to be feeling sick after scuba diving. Hopefully, it is not a lasting feeling, and most causes of sickness can be explained by mild factors such as nerves or seasickness. Of course, there is the risk that your symptoms may be DCS but this is rare if you follow the basic scuba diving rules.

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Can you scuba dive with a chest cold?

Avoid diving too soon after a chest cold or respiratory infection. This means that no matter how good you feel, don’t dive if you are coughing up mucus, or if your breathing produces any abnormal noise or resistance. To reduce the tendency for mucus obstruction after a chest cold, drink plenty of water before diving.

How do I clear my sinuses before scuba diving?

Nasal Saline Spray

Make sure to read the bottle and verify that it is natural saline spray and that it is free of any medications. A couple of squirts up each nostril before you dive may irrigate your sinuses enough to provide relief and allow you to equalize them efficiently.

Can I dive with allergies?

In general, individuals with environmental allergies may dive safely. Only during severe flare-ups should the symptoms preclude the safe use of scuba equipment.

What is a decongestant good for?

Decongestants are medicines that help relieve a congested (stuffy) nose. The congestion can be caused by a cold virus or by the flu, sinusitis, or allergies.

Can you use nasal spray before diving?

Nasal sprays work fairly quickly, so it’s best to take them just before gearing up. When stacking antihistamines and decongestants, take the allergy medicines the night before your dive; then take decongestants as you normally would on dive day.