Diseases & Conditions

Blood Thinners & Diving

Blood thinners are the common name of a number of groups of drugs and chemical substances that can prevent or reduce the coagulation of blood. Learn about blood thinners and their implications in diving.

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Arrhythmias/Dysrhythmias

Arrhythmia (or, sometimes, dysrhythmia) means an abnormal heartbeat. It is used to describe a number of very well defined electrophysiological manifestations ranging from benign, harmless conditions to severe, life-threatening disturbances of the heart’s rhythm.

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Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

During any dive, you may encounter a less-than-friendly undersea critter — which could result in a serious skin reaction or injury. How you respond to the injury could impact symptoms and the overall healing process.

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Seabather’s Eruption

The itchy skin of seabather’s eruption can ruin a dive trip. Learn the symptoms and how to prevent this uncomfortable ailment.

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Tympanic Membrane Rupture (Perforated Eardrum)

A tympanic membrane rupture, or perforated eardrum, can happen when you don’t equalize properly while diving. There are some clear signs that you have ruptured your eardrum and should stop diving immediately. It may heal on its own or require a minor procedure, but you should have a physician or ENT specialist evaluate your eardrum before resuming diving.

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