Scuba Diving with Asthma

Before embarking on your next scuba adventure, make sure your asthma is under control by seeing you allergist. After a history and physical you will most likely need several lung studies to show you are controlled and maybe a CT scan of your chest which will confirm that you are free of ‘blebs’. These are abnormalities in the lung tissue which can burst while diving and cause a pneumothorax- which can be a medical emergency.
But be reassured, with these precautions you will most likely be able to scuba dive. 20 years ago, you would have been told emphatically ‘NO,’ so advances in medical science are helping people with asthma continue the activities they enjoy!