Wheezing in a commercial diver due to disinfectant

Undersea Biomed Res. 1991 Jul;18(4):347-9.


A case is described of a saturation diver with no previous history of asthma who repeatedly developed work-related symptoms of asthma at pressure, which appear to be causally related to the use of dichlorophen as a disinfectant agent. Although challenge tests were negative, suggesting that dichlorophen may have been acting as an irritant rather than as a sensitizer, the symptoms were abolished by the use of an alternative disinfectant agent. The potential importance of this effect in a diver is discussed, and the case highlights the importance of the use of nontoxic agents in the diving environment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dichlorophen / adverse effects*
  • Diving*
  • Humans
  • Lung Volume Measurements
  • Male
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Respiratory Sounds / physiopathology


  • Dichlorophen