Decongestants - Diving with a Head Cold

There are some situations that prevent divers from equalizing successfully and one of the most common is congestion or a head cold.

Congestion, due to colds or allergies, can block the air spaces which can make equalization difficult or impossible.

There are also some medical conditions that may interfere with the normal process of equalizing during the descent such as flat Eustachian tubes, upper respiratory tract infections and a deviated septum.

If you cannot equalize your ears without causing pain and discomfort there may be a medical reason for it and it would be wise to seek professional advice from a Doctor who is knowledgeable in diving related conditions.

However, if you're suffering from a head cold and wondering if you can use decongestants to help you equalize, we have some reasons why it may be a bad idea.

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