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Tag Archive: sickness


Types of Decompression Sickness (DCS) by Andy Davis Decompression sickness is caused by inert gases leaving solution inside the body and forming bubbles. If allowed to grow sufficiently large, those bubbles present signs and symptoms, which allow DCS to be diagnosed, such as; Type 1:  Minor. Localized pain, skin itching (Pruritis) and skin rash (Cutis marmorata) […]

Deep Diving Maladies – Compression Arthralgia by Andy Davis Compression Arthralgia (also called compression pains)  can onset as shallow as 60m/200ft but becomes more significant as depth/pressure increases.The severity of compression arthralgia is determined by the speed of descent (rate of compression), depth attained (significance of compression) and the level of diver exertion or activity. […]

subclinical dcs decompression stress

Subclinical DCS, Decompression Stress and Post-Dive Fatigue by Andy Davis Post-Dive fatigue, malaise, lethargy, sleepiness and decreased vitality is an often-observed consequence of scuba diving.  Many divers can relate with this; having felt sluggish and in dire need of a snooze during surface intervals or after diving. Is it really normal and expected? Is it […]

Decompression Sickness And the Immune System by Andy Davis It is known that bubbles within the body trigger an immune system response. For this reason, immune-suppressant drugs are often administered during hyperbaric treatment for decompression sickness.  The immune system reacts to bubbles as it would to any foreign body; such as a virus or bacteria. That […]