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Doctor insights on: Beta Thalassemia And Scuba Diving

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Are there any dangers with scuba diving if you have beta thalassemia minor?

Are there any dangers with scuba diving if you have beta thalassemia minor?

Hematologist helps: A person with thalassemia minor can see a hematologist (blood specialist) doctor to ask about scuba diving. A couple of issues come to mind. One is "how anemic is the patient". If one is anemic, with low hemoglobin (the red stuff in blood), his blood cannot carry as much oxygen compared to normal people. Another is "how strongly is oxygen attached" to the patient's particular type of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Scuba Diving (Definition)

Scuba stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus when one used scuba equipment and dives one will take a tank with them that eliminates the need to keep returning to the surface this will allow one to stay submerged for up to an hr and perform underwater exploration or ...Read more


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Can you go scuba diving if you have implants?

Can you go scuba diving if you have implants?

What type of : Implants? Dental? Breast? Etc? An answer was already provided from a dental perspective. If you were asking about a different type of implant - be clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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I have moderate asthma. Can I do scuba diving?

I have moderate asthma. Can I do scuba diving?

Agree with Dr Wyatt: Even in the United States, there is great variability between physicians. Having been a military hyperbaric/ diving medical officer - i found that our standards were usually considerably higher than the civilian community. The most important thing is your safety. You list "difficulty breathing/ wheezing" under conditions and corticosteroids, Epinephrine ; bronchodialators under medications. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get on a plane after scuba diving?

It depends: Safe time periods between your last dive and flight vary depending on how many dives you did and how aggressive your dives were (how deep and how long). You should be safe though if you wait 24 hrs ...Read more

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How does the respiratory system works with scuba diving?

Fine, if your respir: Pulmonary disease can put a diver at risk for serious complications. If you have known respiratory disease or undiagnosed respiratory symptoms, see a diving medicne specialist before diving. ...Read more

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How soon after scuba diving is it safe to go on a flight?

It depends: There are a number of dive computers or calculators to determine when it is safe to fly. This depends on the amount of diving you have done and the degree of nitrogen staturation. The dive master can help with this. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going to high altitudes after scuba diving?

Scuba: For commercial flights FAA recommends at least 24-48 hours between routine SCUBA and flying. If you suffered decompression sickness (DCS) after diving you should consult a military flight surgeon, FAA Aerospace Medical Examiner (AME) or hyperbaric medicine specialist for clearance before you fly. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that scuba diving (or flying) brings on a vertigo attack? 

What is the likelihood that scuba diving (or flying) brings on a vertigo attack? 

Low: Vertigo from flying is very rare, vertigo from scuba diving is not as rare (but still rare). It is more likely that pressure change from being under water can lead to rupture of the inner ear causing something called a perilymph leak. When fluid from the inner ear leaks into the middle ear patients get severe vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. This is a true ear emergency. ...Read more

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