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    TadPole
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    Would that be an ear infection?

    Hello all,
    I started my scuba diving lessons this Tuesday, we had 2 hrs theory in class and then we went to the pool.
    Everything was going smoothly,
    When we started to "dive" ( 3 - 3.5 meters deep ) i cleared my ears with no problem, When we were down there for about 4 -5 min i felt slight discomfort in my ears (maybe we moved a little bit into the deeper depth, i cleared my ears again, but then i felt a real strong pain in my ear. (i didnt force the "clear" unless it felt like i didn't).
    The pain dissapeared after few seconds and i was still comfortable, but the feeling inside of my ear is kind of different than in my other ear. There is no pain at all, it just feels "different" ( can't express :P )

    I went to a doctor, he looked inside my ear, said its pretty much nothing, you could of got a pain when clearing, because you were sick few weeks ago" ( i did have a small cold indeed ) he also asked me if i had a fever, i didn't ( well it didnt feel like it.) but through out the day i did have a small fever of 37, which by the evening went away , and didn't come back since then.

    He told me to take Advil/Tylenol cold for 2-3 days, and if i will not get better to come back.

    What do you guys thing about it .

    1. no pain ( just feels Different :P )
    2. no fever, ( well there was slight one, ... )
    3. I feel good i guess... just that different feeling.
    4. I am able to clear my ears anytime, without any pain.

    Should i be fine going to my next scuba lesson, coming Tuesday?

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    Guppy
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    37 degrees C is normal body temp. So no fever.

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    I've had ear infections. You can have one without a fever but it is pretty easy for a doctor to spot if you have an ear infections. Did you doctor look in your ears, nose and mouth? An infection is usually visible in one of those areas. Although it can be confused for allergies.

    As for whether or not you are safe to dive, did you ask your doctor? If he/she didn't know, maybe you need a different doctor.

    I know from experience, I had a SEVERE infection (constantly felt dizzy) on a trip to the Caribbean. Went diving anyway (I think it was 9 days of diving in total). When I got back from my trip I went to my doctor. My doctor gave me a look and gave me some penicillin.

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    Grouper
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    I had an ear infection once- Under water I was completely disoriented- and kept shaking my head
    my dr. could see the infection right away.............

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    TadPole
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    Yes the doctor looked in my mouth and ears.
    He didn't spot anything.
    He said i can go ahead with next lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwaniak36 View Post
    Yes the doctor looked in my mouth and ears.
    He didn't spot anything.
    He said i can go ahead with next lesson.
    Then whatever we say really shouldn't matter, unless the person posting is a dive doctor.

    I can tell you that I'd dive. Ultimately, you'll have to decide for yourself.

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    Shark
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitworthsa View Post
    37 degrees C is normal body temp. So no fever.
    I thought 98.6 F was the normal body temp? What is a "c"??


    carry on.........

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    TadPole
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    36.6 degrees C is normal i thought :P im sure its.

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    Any pain, cracking or odd sensations in the ear when you chew? My guess is you distended some tissue in your ear/sinus so it feels funny, but that is really a wild guess no big deal if that is the problem.

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    TadPole
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    nothing unusual happening nor pain is felt.
    It's just that weird feeling.

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