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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