SINUSES AND SCUBA DIVING : OUR PREVENTIVE TIPS

LIMIT THE RISKS OF BAROTRAUMA

Diving with blocked sinuses is strongly discouraged !

Sinuses, small cavities filled with air, are linked to our nasal cavities and they can be tied to diving accidents. When going down into the water, the pressure between the sinus and the nasal cavities equalises naturally, we don't have to force it. On the other hand, if your sinuses are blocked, they receive too much pressure and therefore undergo trauma. This is when a diver is faced with a barotrauma ('baro' because it is due to pressure). But what is it exactly ? An injury to the body cavity. Barotrauma arises when you cannot adapt the air pressure inside your body to the outside pressure. This is why you should always think about equalising the pressure in your ears as you descend. The most commonly used method for this in diving is the Valsalva manoeuvre that consists of holding your nose whilst breathing out of it. Front sinus barotrauma is one of the most common accidents in diving. It is most often caused by a cold or sinusitis.

THE NETI POT

To help you take care of your sinuses.

My recommendation for peace of mind when diving ? Two or three weeks before setting off, I use a neti pot.
What's a neti pot ? It's a small container with a pouring spout that looks like Aladdin's lamp, used to wash out your nose. A ceramic or plastic neti pot should be filled with warm salty water. This water is going to drain the mucus that blocks the sinuses, that will reduce pressure and prevent bacteria from accumulating that might cause sinusitis. I also use it every night to remove the day's pollution. That's my secret !

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"SCAPHANDER" OINTMENT

Another tip for your future dives.

Made of essential plant oils, this ointment helps you prevent obstructions in your upper airways due to ambient pressure variations. You can apply it to your front sinuses, your temples, around your ears, pharynx, etc. You can also put it under your nostrils if you wish to make the most of its benefits through our airways.

CONSULT AN ENT SPECIALIST

Don't skimp on this doctor's visit !

As a means of prevention, don't forget to consult an ENT specialist at least once a year. This medical check-up will allow you to be sure that nothing is stopping your next dive and above all you'll dodge any nasty surprises during your immersion !

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ARTICLE CO-WRITTEN WITH

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Edouard, salesperson at Mérignac Decathlon

I have been a salesperson at Mérignac Decathlon, specialising in scuba diving, since 2010. I've been an enthusiastic scuba diver since I was 12 years old. I had the chance to live in Polynesia for several years where I took all the certificates. I've got almost 1500 dives under my belt. Once I came back to France, I decided to take my instructor's certificate in Antibes.

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