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Gasparotto
11-16-2008, 19:07
in my last 2 dives i'm having a kind of a bloody catarrh when i come back to the boat!, is that normal??
my friend told me it could be because i'm not cleaning my ears so often.
but i don't think that is it because i never felt any pain in my ears, i equalize'em all the time..... but i'm a little scared about that..... have u had this before??? is it normal?? should i see a doctor?? thank's

DevilDiver
11-16-2008, 19:23
Catarrh:
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈtär\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English catarre, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French catarrhe, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein to flow down, from kata- + rhein to flow — more at stream (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stream) Date: 15th century : inflammation of a mucous membrane ; especially : one chronically affecting the human nose and air passages

Man, had to look that one up.......

Yes, I would go have this checked out. Could be pressure in the mask causing as well but better to be safe.

James1010
11-16-2008, 19:26
I personally always have blood in my mask. It is just your capillary's in your nose popping. It looks green in your mask while you are diving. At first I freaked out but the dive master at the shop explained it to me. If you have stuff coming out of your ear I would go get checked out. I got my ear drums blown out while I was in Iraq so diving was a fear for me for it but I have had only little issues. It takes me a little longer to equalize but I am fine.

thebuck
11-16-2008, 20:57
Good vocabulary with catarrh. Catarrh is generally associated with a cold. Really it is a mixture of thick mucus and white blood cells caused by swelling of the mucus membranes in the head as a response to an infection. Your best bet is to get it checked out.

SynCitizen
11-16-2008, 21:16
If in doubt, have it checked out. If its something more than a simple problem best to have it looked at above sea level in the comfort of a doctors office.

traildawg59
11-16-2008, 22:20
seek medical advise could be serious

navyhmc
11-17-2008, 05:28
Not a Dr. but the most likely the case is that you have a mild sinus infection going on-these happen a lot more than folks think because they have no clinical signs/symptoms. When you equalize your ears, you also equalize your sinuses as well. As you ascend, your sinuses drain due to the added air in them as well. So, along with the air out comes the catarrh or normal mucous if there's no infection. At the very least you do have some sinus irritation going on.

I do agree with traildawg59 though, go see your doctor.

obrules15
11-17-2008, 15:09
Catarrh:
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈtär\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English catarre, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French catarrhe, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein to flow down, from kata- + rhein to flow — more at stream (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stream) Date: 15th century : inflammation of a mucous membrane ; especially : one chronically affecting the human nose and air passages


= SNOT

I can't believe you all are being so esoteric, I haven't seen that word since medical school.

tndiverdude
12-07-2008, 22:33
She has that when she dries out the membranes in both her trachea and her sinuses.
We found that Robitussin or Vicks formulae 44 D to keep things moist helps.

jimmy

wgt
12-08-2008, 06:34
I would likely shy away from the advice given by your friend concerning the relation between the nasal bleeding and the frequency of ear-cleaning. The two parts of the body (i.e., nasal passages and outer ear) are separate compartments. Also, frequent ear-cleaning (e.g., with cotton swabs) actually predisposes divers to infections of the outer ear.


in my last 2 dives i'm having a kind of a bloody catarrh when i come back to the boat!, is that normal??
my friend told me it could be because i'm not cleaning my ears so often.
but i don't think that is it because i never felt any pain in my ears, i equalize'em all the time..... but i'm a little scared about that..... have u had this before??? is it normal?? should i see a doctor?? thank's

cummings66
12-08-2008, 07:26
IMO you can easily have this occur during diving if for any reason you're stuffed up. Doesn't take much, I get it once in a while as well. However, I don't think it's normal to have it on every dive, if you do there is something wrong somewhere because that is just not normal.

I'd look into clearing more often as a solution. I had a dive buddy who did that all the time and after some work on clearing it's much better now and rarely occurs.

sea princess
12-10-2008, 20:20
I agree with everyone else here that you should at least see a doctor and have it checked out to be sure everything is okay especially if it happens everytime. Hope it all checks out well.
My biggest struggle with diving is clearing my ears. i take sudafed before i dive and i have to clear frequently and descend slower than most. I make sure my dive buddies are aware i struggle and to give me time to descend. I use swimmers ear immediately afterwards too.

imasinker
12-10-2008, 20:25
I have read many posts about these sorts of things.

I have had ear probs my entire life. One thing I would recommend especially to divers, when you do a yearly physical and you should!.... make one with an ear nose and throat specialist. Even the slightest sinus infection can cause alot of probs down the road especially for divers. I would suggest medical attention to be on the safe side.

bane51031
12-11-2008, 19:40
Get it checked out better safe then sorry, if it turns out to be sinus related try flushing your sinuses.

fldiver
01-30-2009, 19:45
It wouldn't hurt to check your blood pressure also.