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Barotrauma/Decompression Sickness (cont.)

Medications

Sinus squeezes usually require oral and nasal decongestants. Antibiotics are usually recommended for a squeeze involving the frontal sinuses. Pain medication may also be prescribed.

Ear squeezes also require decongestants, both oral and long-acting nasal types. Antibiotics may be given if the patient had a rupture, a previous infection, or the diving occurred in polluted waters. Pain medication also may be prescribed.

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