Diseases & Conditions

Middle-Ear Barotrauma (MEBT)

Middle-ear barotrauma (MEBT) is common in diving, but with proper precautions it can be avoided. Learn the symptoms, prevention strategies and proper first aid techniques for this troublesome underwater ailment.

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Coral Scrapes and Cuts

Skin abrasions in marine environments can be more challenging to treat than those that occur on land. Avoid contact with coral, but learn proper wound care so you’ll know what to do in the event of a coral scrape.

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Sinus Barotrauma

Sinus barotraumas are among the most common diving injuries. Although it’s a prevalent and generally benign injury, it could present complications. Find out how to prevent and treat sinus barotrauma while diving.

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Juggling Physical Exercise and Diving

Performing regular physical exercise will benefit diving with a boost in physical strength and stamina. But, timing is key. Learn the recommendations for physical exercise.

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Swimmer’s Ear (Otitis Externa)

Swimmer’s ear is a common condition, typically caused by prolonged exposure to wet conditions. The natural environment within the ear is changed and enables bacteria to grow.

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Inner-Ear Barotrauma (IEBT)

Inner-ear barotrauma occurs when there are pressure differences, often the result of forceful or incomplete equalization. While it can be avoided, learn the symptoms and how to treat should it happen to you.

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Fire Coral

Aptly name for the burning sensation they inflict upon touch, fire corals should be avoided. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of fire coral burns, and prevention.

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Cardiovascular Fitness and Diving

Cardiovascular fitness is of utmost importance to your safety while scuba diving as well as to your ability to exercise generally and your life span.

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On-Site Neurological Examination

Information regarding an injured diver’s neurological status will be useful to medical personnel in not only deciding the initial course of treatment but also in the effectiveness of treatment. Here is how to perform an on-site neurological exam.

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Women’s Health and Diving

Women face unique needs in terms of overall health — including certain cancers or complications from procedures. Learn about common health conditions women face and how the conditions could impact diving.

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