Preventing Headache (Migraines) After Scuba Diving
Dry mouth and sore throat are symptoms of borderline dehydration and go hand in hand with getting migraines scuba diving and/or a headache after scuba diving.
The cause is dry oxygen and it’ll dry out the inside of your mouth, and may even cause dizziness after scuba diving. It seems no matter how well hydrated you are before your dive, you’ll inevitably feel these symptoms.
But there are some very good preventative measures to take and remedies which I’ve found helped me tremendously throughout my years.
Prevent Sore Throat After Scuba Diving
If after diving for about half an hour you suddenly experience extreme cotton mouth or dry throat, chances are you’ve only drank about a liter of water during that day. And typically this is what’s leading to a sore throat after scuba diving.
If you’ve experienced a similar situation or even felt like you were running out of saliva below sea, I have a couple cure all solutions. I’m no stranger to these nagging problems.
A while back a friend of mine told me to get a bio-filter. He swore by it.
My #1 recommendation is below, I got this exact one and now I swear by it. This is needed especially if you’re getting headaches.”
Best Scuba Diving Biofilter for Headache & Sore Throat
1. Apollo Scuba Diving Bio-Filter
This little device is a god send for getting rid of post dive headache and sore throat simultaneously. It completely got rid of my sore throat and the headaches I was having afterwards. Plus no more cotton mouth! Getting this device is the main reason that I have much more enjoyable dives now. I don’t see myself ever diving without it again; it made that much of a difference. You’ll be amazed.
- The best part is that it has a charcoal filter and an added moisturizing wick which allows for the oxygen to be much more comfortable to inhale.
- On top of all this, it also really helps with my dry mouth issues. I’ve been using it for over 3 years now with no problems.
Okay, now on to another solution that nicely goes hand in hand w/ the bio-filter. More and more I’m seeing fellow divers are opting for this in addition to the bio-filter…
Best Scuba Diving Regulator for Headache & Sore Throat
2. Mares Abyss 42 Regulator
I have heard from multiple people that this does the trick for them. Any one of Mares regulators will do. They are top of the line. The metal reg really makes the difference there. The inner metal slits help retain the moisture from your breath. Interesting how that works. Eliminates dry mouth and the feeling of being thirsty immediately.
Side Note: The other thing I want to quickly mention here is, you never want to trick yourself into thinking that since it’s a shorter dive that you won’t get thirsty or that you currently are not thirsty. This can end badly and at best your legs will cramp up painfully and ruin your day.
Pee Test: I never dive without liquids to drink. But that’s just me. I highly recommend always having at least 17 oz. of water on you. Because cold water will make you need to pee, a good test is that if at least after half way through your dive you don’t get the urge, this most likely means that you are dehydrated.
Anyway, this is the easiest way I’ve found to stay hydrated at all times…
Best Hydration Bottle for Scuba Diving
3. CamelBak Nano Quick Stow Flask 17 oz. Lightweight
- I keep the soft bottle that conforms to my body in one of my pockets.
- Crux design to allow more water per sip making it easier to drink underwater.
- Fits anywhere and can be clipped on.
- Cap is securely threaded, on/off switch to prevent leakage.
- Flatten or roll up when empty. Takes up very little space.
- Large mouth opening allows for ice and pouring liquids in.
- There are volume indicators for adding electrolytes and for tracking your hydration.
For hour long dives or longer, I highly recommend the following…
Best Hydration Pack for Scuba Diving
4. CamelBak UnBottle Insulated Hydration Crux Reservoir Set
CamelBak’s hydration pack reservoir (also called bladder) works very well for drinking while scuba diving and quenching thirst underwater. Can also be used for short dives if you find drinking from the hose easier. They’re super durable and all the rage among us diver enthusiasts. This particular one I’m recommending is not to be worn, but attached with the straps.
- The new big bite valve and shut off valve work very well.
- I get about 20% more water per sip and quicker too due to the on/off valve.
- Very cool design. You can route the hose along the power inflator.
Tip: Make sure to burp (remove the air by squeezing water to the top, then screw shut) the bladder after you’ve filled it up.
These bigger packs can be mounted between double tanks, or attached anywhere that is easy to reach. (see photo)
It’s super easy to drink because the packs will squeeze themselves and collapse as you drink and keep out any saltwater. Just don’t forget to share with your buddies:)
Tip: When you are drinking and the reg is not in your mouth, remember you can’t breathe in. Before you start to drink make sure you are level and are not moving up or down. Stay steady, take one last breath in with your regulator, close your mouth and push the mouthpiece between your closed lips while blowing outwards; just don’t open your mouth wide and you should be just fine.
Before going on your dive, try drinking through the mouthpiece above land by pinching your nose shut and keeping your mouth as closed as possible. It is then best to practice in the pool until you feel comfortable, before actually taking it in the ocean.
How to Prevent Dry Mouth While Scuba Diving
Dry Mouth After Diving
To prevent dry mouth while scuba diving, one last remedy that I have in my arsenal that everyone should carry with them every single time is moisturizing mouth spray; preferably Oasis brand.
Best Dry Mouth Product for After Scuba Diving
5. Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray
- This works immediately on contact.
- It has lasted throughout one of my 2 hour dives.
- It keeps your mouth and throat moisturized making it easier to swallow when equalizing.
- Must have with you on all dives, use before and after scuba diving.
So to sum it up, in order to prevent migraines scuba diving, it goes without saying but you must drink a bottle of water before you dive and preferably another prior on the boat ride out. This way you are ensuring that you are hydrated enough to avoid sore throat after scuba diving, severe dry mouth, cramping, headache after scuba diving, and most importantly, decompression sickness (DCS) or Caisson disease.
I hope this has been helpful to you and you take me up on some of my recommendations. You won’t regret it! Come back and let other readers know how any of the above suggestions worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.