Scuba Diving: Carbon Dioxide Toxicity
Carbon Dioxide Toxicity Overview
Inadequate ventilation when scuba diving results in carbon dioxide build-up. Inadequate breathing, a tight wetsuit, overexertion, regulator malfunction, deep diving, and contamination of the air supply with exhaled gases often cause a carbon dioxide buildup. Carbon dioxide levels in the blood can increase, causing shortness of breath and sedation, resulting in carbon dioxide toxicity.
Carbon Dioxide Toxicity Symptoms
Carbon Dioxide Toxicity Treatment
Treat people with carbon dioxide toxicity as follows:
When to Seek Medical Care
Medical assistance is generally not required for people with carbon dioxide toxicity, except in severe cases as defined above.
For More Information
Oracle ThinkQuest, Diving: Gases and Moisture
Diving Medicine Online, CO2 Retention
Medically reviewed by A Board Certified Family Practice Physician
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2014
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