— Mala Trivedi, M.D.>I did some wreck diving this summer and got a minor abrasion on my knuckles while digging for artifacts. It was so superficial that I continued diving and didn't give it much thought. Several weeks later, however, it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It is red and bumpy and occasionally has some crust on it, although it doesn't hurt. Antibiotic ointment has not helped, so I plan to see a doctor about it. Are there any marine-specific pathogens I should ask the doctor about?
— Matías Nochetto, M.D.>I occasionally have vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope and am trying to decide if I should dive. The fainting happens once every year or two. It has happened on roller coasters at points with a lot of downward force (likely from decreased cerebral perfusion) and sometimes when I have hurt myself (such as when I smashed my hand in a boat lift). It has happened once from an unknown trigger when I was just standing around talking. I know the recommendation is to get checked out by a doctor, but I am a doctor, and I have spoken with other doctor friends, some of whom dive, and no one really knows the answer.
— Mala Trivedi, M.D.
— Frances Smith, EMT-P, DMT>© Alert Diver — Q4 Fall 2017