Sinus Squeeze


Have you experienced sinus squeeze while scuba diving? What happened during your experience? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Me57, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I spent a week scuba diving with no problems this summer. Then trying to do a relatively shallow dive today, I couldn't go beyond 14 feet without severe pressure above my right eyebrow. Other than a little bit of runny nose a few days before, no other sinus squeeze symptoms. I took Afrin and a Sudafed and tried again an hour later. I couldn't go beyond a foot without the pain coming back. It is still bothering me a few hours later if I bend down. In the past, I have had occasional pain on airplane descent.

Comment from: wwfralph, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 18

I was getting my open water certificate for scuba diving. The first day we made 2 dives to about 18 ft and I had no problems. The second day we were going to 60 ft and I could not equilibrate my right ear. I tried every method of equalizing I could think of, but once I hit 30 ft I would get stabbing pains in my ear from sinus squeeze. The instructor grabbed my fins at one point to pull me down (because I kept trying to ascend). I went to a clinic and they said I had stage 3 barotrauma, and they gave me 5 medicines.

Comment from: nh diver, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 18

I recently experienced sinus squeeze while on a recreational dive. It felt like a nail driving in to my fore head. Sudafed helps, but can cause a reverse blockage while diving. best not to dive, and allow it to heal.

Comment from: Flores, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I work as a diver and got sick with sinus squeeze a few days before an important dive so I took Sudafed right before the dive and it worked a little. Then when on descent I felt pressure and pain then it released once I hit the bottom. After we were on surface I took my mask off and it was full of blood. Moral of the story is to start taking decongestant two days before a dive.

Comment from: Stitch41, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I experienced sinus squeeze during aircraft descent, 1st time ever in over 2 million miles flown. I had no cold or nasal congestion. The absolute worst, debilitating pain. Felt like a knife was sticking into my left eyeball and forehead. I went straight to a hospital emergency to get a CT scan done to ensure no brain bleed. Nothing found. Needed Supeudol to help relieve the pain. I was held for 8 hours observation then released with additional medications.

Comment from: Mo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

Well, it was my first scuba dive, when the area just above my right eye started to ache. It was quite severe where I had to ask my buddy to take me to the surface. After relaxing I went down again but I could tolerate the pain as I didn’t want to miss diving opportunity. It was then my buddy said that it could be due to frontal sinus. I had never experienced such pain. After reading all this it looks like sinus squeeze to me.

Comment from: Paul, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 19

While scuba diving I had sinus squeeze, then ear ache.


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