Decompression sickness (DCS) can be deadly. Unfortunately, symptoms of DCS do not immediately occur after a dive and may be delayed, thereby increasing your health risks if you do not schedule your flight with the appropriate waiting period after your dive. Here are some of the telltale symptoms to look out for to see if you are experiencing Decompression Sickness.

Mild DCS

Type 1

Musuloskeletal or joint pain


Skin rashes, mottling or swelling


Tissue tenderness associated with skin manifestations


Mild constitutional symptoms

Serious DCS

Type 2


Numbness, tingling or muscular weakness


Difficulty walking or loss of coordination


Confusion or impairment of cognitive functions


Vertigo or spinning sensation


Chest pain or difficulty breathing


Bladder or bowel dysfunction


Tinnitus or hearing loss

For the rest of this article (Asian Diver Issue 2/2018 Vol.150) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download digital copy here.

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