Can you go diving if you have asthma?

Why should people with asthma not scuba dive?

A diagnosis of asthma will almost certainly preclude you from SCUBA diving. Asthma is viewed as a serious risk factor for a number of reasons. An asthmatic may be more prone to lung overexpansion injury if narrowing of the airways occurs during the dive and trapped air expands during ascent.

What health conditions prevent you from diving?

Medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and many cardiac conditions were long considered absolute contraindications to scuba diving.

Can you learn to scuba dive with asthma?

It has been agreed by the UKDMC that carefully selected asthmatics can probably safely scuba dive. These asthmatics have to demonstrate acceptable lung function on their normal medication, which can be optimised to achieve this.

What happens if you cough while scuba diving?

It’s perfectly alright to cough into your regulator until your airway is clear. If you feel that tell tale tickle in the back of your throat, try to move into an open area where you won’t bump into anything. Also, be aware of your buoyancy as you may unknowingly hold your breath.

Can you scuba dive with bad lungs?

Commonly known as a collapsed lung, and sometimes the result of barotrauma, a pneumothorax, when determined to be spontaneous (without a specific cause) will disqualify a diver from diving.

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Can people with allergies scuba dive?

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

Who should not dive?

“If you can reach an exercise intensity of 13 METS (the exertion equivalent of running a 7.5-minute mile), your heart is strong enough for most any exertion,” he says. You also need to be symptom-free. If you have chest pain, lightheadedness or breathlessness during exertion, you should not be diving.

Can I scuba dive if I have anxiety?

Anxiety does not have to negatively impact your scuba diving. Though implementing the above prevention and management strategies, you may find that your dives are more calm, enjoyable and safe!

Is scuba diving bad for your health?

Can I be seriously hurt while scuba diving? Yes. The most dangerous medical problems are barotrauma to the lungs and decompression sickness, also called “the bends.” Barotrauma occurs when you are rising to the surface of the water (ascent) and gas inside the lungs expands, hurting surrounding body tissues.