Can you take a decongestant before diving?

How do you get rid of congestion before diving?

Nasal Saline Spray

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. One downside is that nasal sprays may not always reach all the way into the sinuses.

Can you dive on Sudafed?

Some research suggested that sympathomimetics (the class of drug to which Sudafed belongs) can enhance oxygen toxicity. So taking Sudafed and diving on gas mixes with high partial pressures of oxygen is not recommended.

Can I take mucinex before diving?

Mucinex: (generic name Guaifenesin) is a mucolytic. This means that the drug thins out your mucous making it easier for you to equalize your ears and sinuses. It’s good to start this medicine 2-3 days before you plan to dive and to drink plenty of water with it.

What should you not do before diving?

Here are some things to avoid just before a scuba dive;

  1. Spicy curries and soups.
  2. Heavy meals that take a lot of energy to break down, such as a giant steak or saucy ribs.
  3. Anything that is too oily.
  4. Acidic Fruits such as oranges and pineapples.
  5. Juicy and watery fruits if you already have an upset stomach.
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Can I dive with a congested nose?

A relentlessly blocked-up head is unsafe for scuba. You won’t be able to clear your ears and sinuses while descending. Worse, at the end of your dive, it elevates your risk for a reverse squeeze on your way back up.

Can I dive with a runny nose?

When it happens the upper respiratory system swells, becomes congested with mucus and often the eustachian tubes and sinuses become blocked. Hence the danger of diving with a cold. Any diver, proud to be so, knows ears, nose, and lungs have to work properly, otherwise, it could be an important drawback.

Can you use Afrin before scuba diving?

Some divers may use topical nasal vasoconstrictors such as Afrin®, which may help with the process of equalizing when used before a dive. Regardless of the technique you use to equalize your ears and sinuses, remember to descend slowly until you can easily clear these air spaces.

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.

What is the most important rule in scuba diving?

If you remember one rule of scuba diving, make it this: Breathe continuously and never hold your breath. During open water certification, a scuba diver is taught that the most important rule in scuba diving is to breathe continuously and to avoid holding his breath underwater.

How do you Freeurize when diving?

The most common equalization technique that Scuba divers and people new to freediving use are the Valsalva maneuver. You simply pinch your nose and create pressure from your diaphragm by trying to exhale through your nostrils against your pinched nose. If you try this you will usually feel inflation in the ears.

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How do you clear your ears when free diving?

The key to safe equalizing is to get air to flow from the throat to the ears through the opening of the normally closed eustachian tubes. Most divers are taught to equalize by pinching their nose and blowing gently. This gentle pressure opens the eustachian tube and flows air gently to the middle ear.