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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 01:02 pm
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Howzit Guys,

Was just wondering if any guys here ever suffer from Sinus problems or Allergies and what you do to solve them so that you can dive?

Recently iv had a bad experience when diving with sinitus and this caused a Barotrauma in my left ear and has put me out of Spearing for 4 weeks. :? :? :?

Thanks,

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 01:27 pm
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PM Reefman.
There was a thread about this a while back, will try to find it !

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 01:42 pm
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Here it is
http://www.sealine.co.za/view_topic.php?id=8650&forum_id=68&highlight=Sinus

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 02:58 pm
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Sudafed does work. the only problem is you can't buy them over the counter anymore. But if you can get them or make friends with the pharmasist GET Them they are the best because they don't make you feel all drowzie. Take one the night before you dive one when you wake up and one when you are suiting up. Hope this helps
Try and stay away from all dairy products if youknow you are going to be diving!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 03:03 pm
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Thanks for all the help, I have been using Sudafed since i went to the doc and going for my 1st dive later on today, after 4 weeks of not being in the water.

Anybody know if sudafed has long term cons to using them alot? Something else i have noticed to help is a spray called Sterimar, its a Saline spray that seems to clear up sinuses, although it seems to only work over a long period of using it.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 03:09 pm
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Naa no side effects that I know of. You get more side effects from Diving... Snorkalitis hehe! you know what I mean, all goofed out after a dive!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 03:20 pm
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Snorkalitis...LOL :clow

Thanks for all the help, hopefully i will be able to equalise properly today and get back into diving....Shot guys

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 04:25 pm
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I have had sinusitus for over a year now. The ENT specialist wanted to operate but I refused. Was on antibiotics and this helped. My sinuses were so bad that after one dive over 5m or so, i coudnt put my head under water again alld ay. they squeaked, bled etc. He also gave me some gel to use in my nose 1/2 hr before i dive. Its awful as it a gel and smells *** but works like a charm. cant use it often though as nose gets used to it and will stop working but before a dive its gr8. I will look at home for its name.

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Another thing you guys with Sinus problems should try is SALEX. It's a Saline wash, comes in a sachet that you mix with water, pop into a squirt bottle (all supplied) and then squirt up your nose copiously - then you spit all the lurgees out your mouth. It's revolting but it works! It's a sinus douche that the ENT's use as standard after all surgery. Those with chronic sinus problems get a new lease on life after using this for a week. Whenever you become bunged up again, just use the Salex for a few days...

Sinus infections are normally due to a drying out of the mucous membrane lining the sinus cavity - so the answer is to keep the sinus' membrane moist for as long as possible - (hence humdifiers help as well) - this allows the mucus membrane to recover, heal and fight off further problems....

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 Posted: Thu Feb 26th, 2009 06:12 pm
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tkei wrote: I have had sinusitus for over a year now. The ENT specialist wanted to operate but I refused. Was on antibiotics and this helped. My sinuses were so bad that after one dive over 5m or so, i coudnt put my head under water again alld ay. they squeaked, bled etc. He also gave me some gel to use in my nose 1/2 hr before i dive. Its awful as it a gel and smells *** but works like a charm. cant use it often though as nose gets used to it and will stop working but before a dive its gr8. I will look at home for its name.
Iv had to use something similar before, it was called illiadin, it opens up the sinisus compelety and is brilliant, but as you said you cant use it often cos the nose gets used to it :(

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 Posted: Fri Feb 27th, 2009 10:34 am
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Was wondering if you managed to get a dive in and how the sinusus were!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 27th, 2009 11:02 am
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Yip, i managed to get in a quick dive yesterday afternoon, but Vis was up to sh!t so just stuck to the shallows and dived slowly making sure i could equalise properly etc...No hassels was done to about 8m (As i said Shallow).

Thanks guys, its awesome to be back in the Water!!!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 27th, 2009 11:18 am
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I used to have bad sinus problems but i was told to do this.... each time you at the beach take some sea water and sniff it into your nose (till about higher than your eyes).repeat this a few times each time you at the beach. It worked for me, I still have sinus problems but it's not even something to talk about anymore.

no pills and sprays and stuff.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 27th, 2009 05:26 pm
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Ok it sounds like you have allergic rhinitis/sinusitis - this is a life long problem as you have allergies to environmental factors like dust, pollen, house dust mite, dog hair, certain trees/grasses, etc.  This problem will come and go depending on weather changes, stress, and exposure to the above environmental factors.  There is no cure for it and you will need to be on medication to try and control the symptoms which are normally congestion, runny nose, headaches, watery eyes, etc. 

Pseudofed is a short term solution and is very addictive.  It should not be used long term and no doctor will ever recommend that it is used for extended periods of time.  It is a stimulant and is currently on the list of highly abused prescribed medication.

The solution to your problem would be to get a cortisone nasal spray (inflanase or flixonase) which you would use twice a day to decrease inflammation in the nasal passages and sinuses.  In addition you could use an antihistamine which would assist to clear up the congestion eg. Clarityne or Zyrtec.  Generics are available for these meds but you would need to consult with your doctor to get a repeat script.  Long term use of this medication is safe and will help to control your symptoms so you can dive or swim regularly.

Hope this helps.

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Howzit Guys,

My Aplogies for digging up and old post again, just thought id let any body reading this again know that I have found a solution to my acute sinus problems and can now dive with ease.

It is a spray called Flomist that you can get at any chemist etc, it is simular to that of Flexonase. One uses it every day at about the same time, and it seems to help ALOT. 

As i said no more pain when diving, can equalise both my mask and ears without hassle and no more blood in my mask after diving.::S::S

BTW, I have also found that my mask was causing a bit of an issue when trying to equalise, it was a low volume frameless mask from Saekodive and I found that after 6m it was pressing down on my sinuses in my forehead causing a bit of discomfort. I have now started using a Technisub low volume mask and going to try a Cressi Super Ochio soon, but havent had any hassles!

Cheers!

Last edited on Thu Apr 30th, 2009 12:22 pm by ph03n1xkny

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