SCUBA diving has grown in popularity, with millions of divers enjoying the sport worldwide. However, people with asthma are generally advised not to dive. This advice is ignored by large numbers of asthma sufferers.

In a new study, Israeli researchers reviewed the scientific literature to evaluate the risks asthmatics take when diving.

They found that although there is some indication that asthmatics may be at an increased risk of pulmonary barotrauma (burst lung), the risk seems to be small.

Thus, under the right circumstances, they concluded that patients with asthma can safely dive without any apparent increased risk of an asthma-related event. They added that decisions on whether or not diving is hazardous must be made on an individual basis and be founded upon an informed decision shared by both patient and physician.

Journal Reference: Sade K et al. [Asthma and scuba diving: can…[PMID: 17476937]

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  1. hi
    ive been diving 19 years with asthma and it has never caused me a problem because if i dont feel right i dont dive which it should be for all divers not just ashtmatics so why do i have to visit a dive referee 1 in 3 years
    pay £30 just so he can ask me if ive had any problems do a peak flow test and tell me i am ok
    my asthma is well under control
    i do a phisical job go to the gym regularly and visit my asthma clinic at my gp so i think i should be able to self cert
    now use a rebreather which
    aleaviates the dry air problem on long dives also means high air consumption which could be a problem if breathing patterns changed would not be as big a problem done exess of 1500 dives
    think it does me good

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