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August 2019    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 34, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Diver Uses Nasal Spray to Clear His Ears While Underwater: Is That Smart?

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Ear pain from pressure, known as middle ear barotrauma, is pretty common among divers; it's estimated that more than half of experienced divers suffer it underwater. One man found a novel way to rid himself of symptoms -- and does so while diving. Should we follow his lead?

At a recent Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society session, Derek Covington, a professor of anesthesiology, presented the case of a 46-year-old male diver who had started to routinely carry a nasal decongestant spray with him underwater after having difficulty with middle- ear equalization....


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