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What is the current thought about scuba diving for patients with non-exercise induced asthma?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid if pregnant
Even if they don't have non-exercise induced asthma, pregnant women should avoid scuba diving.

In brief: Avoid if pregnant
Even if they don't have non-exercise induced asthma, pregnant women should avoid scuba diving.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Undersea Medical Society says it is safe for some individuals w/ asthma to dive. Need pulm func test
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: For a fit between
Asthma ; diving - the asthma should be mild and well controlled without on-going need for rescue inhaler.
Would encourage you to have a diving/hyperbaric physician, pulmonologist or other physician experienced with diving screen you thoroughly. Please note that there may be other physicians who are less rigid about this than I am - but i tend to be risk aversive when it comes to diving.

In brief: For a fit between
Asthma ; diving - the asthma should be mild and well controlled without on-going need for rescue inhaler.
Would encourage you to have a diving/hyperbaric physician, pulmonologist or other physician experienced with diving screen you thoroughly. Please note that there may be other physicians who are less rigid about this than I am - but i tend to be risk aversive when it comes to diving.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not a good idea
The dive alert network (dan) is one of the leading sources of current, reliable information on medical issues related to scuba diving.
Here is a link to their article on diving and asthma. http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/article.asp?articleid=22.

In brief: Not a good idea
The dive alert network (dan) is one of the leading sources of current, reliable information on medical issues related to scuba diving.
Here is a link to their article on diving and asthma. http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/article.asp?articleid=22.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: It may be OK
The issue with diving & asthma is how well the asthma is controlled.
If your symptoms are rare and you are well controlled with only 1 maintenance medication it may be a low risk for you participate in recreational diving. A pulmonary function test gives an idea of how severe your asthma is and how likely you are to have problems while diving. Persons with asthma cannot work as commercial divers.

In brief: It may be OK
The issue with diving & asthma is how well the asthma is controlled.
If your symptoms are rare and you are well controlled with only 1 maintenance medication it may be a low risk for you participate in recreational diving. A pulmonary function test gives an idea of how severe your asthma is and how likely you are to have problems while diving. Persons with asthma cannot work as commercial divers.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Criteria vary
In general, asthmatics whose symptoms are triggered by exercise, cold temperature, or stress should not dive.
Neither should a person whose asthma is not well-controlled, or who doesn't do well on regular spirometry or post-exercise spirometry. One who needed or used "bronchodilator" medication, or who had asthma symptoms, in the past 48 hrs probably should not dive. One should be physically fit.

In brief: Criteria vary
In general, asthmatics whose symptoms are triggered by exercise, cold temperature, or stress should not dive.
Neither should a person whose asthma is not well-controlled, or who doesn't do well on regular spirometry or post-exercise spirometry. One who needed or used "bronchodilator" medication, or who had asthma symptoms, in the past 48 hrs probably should not dive. One should be physically fit.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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