Patients with Asthma can Scuba Dive
Posted on December 30, 2016

Here at Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, S.C. we do everything we can to not let asthma get in your way of doing what you love.  In Dr. Steven's leisure time, he greatly enjoys scuba diving and therefore created a service specifically for his fellow scuba divers.

Asthma is no longer considered an absolute barrier to scuba diving.

While serious problems can arise in asthmatics who dive, they are exceedingly rare except in people with severe or uncontrolled asthma. Most experts – both medical societies and diving groups – now agree that asthmatics can safely dive if their asthma is not severe and is well controlled.

Dr. Steven's protocol for diving clearance takes into consideration the recommendations of several professional groups. Lung function testing is performed, and an individualized treatment plan is formulated to maximize lung function and minimize lung inflammation. There is also an exercise challenge to ensure that lung function does not decrease with physical activity. The last, and most important, part of the process is an extensive educational program so that the diver understands the risks of diving with asthma.

If you have asthma and would like to dive, we'll do everything we can to enable you to participate in the fun of scuba diving. So book that winter vacation to a tropical location today!

Call the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center at 414.529.8500 today to get a scuba evaluation.

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