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Ear Pain, Scuba Diving (cont.)

Medical Treatment

The most important treatment was done by aborting the dive and ascending to the surface, making any necessary decompression stops.

  • Initial treatment involves the use of oral decongestants and nasal spray to help open the Eustachian tube. Antihistamines may also be prescribed if an allergy is a contributing factor.
  • Pain medications can be helpful. Eardrops to relieve pain may be used if the eardrum is not ruptured.
  • A ruptured eardrum will require antibiotics by mouth to prevent infections.
  • If the patient has a facial paralysis, oral steroids may be prescribed.


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Although dysbarism includes problems associated with high altitude and aerospace endeavors, dysbarism also relates to the increasing pressures of descending under water that are usually experienced in free or assisted dives.

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