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Are there any dangers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Hyperbaric: There are complications that can be associated with this very safe therapy. Some include: anxiety from claustrophia; inability to clear the middle ear... Read More
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Yes-too much oxygen: When oxygen is breathed under pressure the oxygen has a stimulatory effect on the nerve tissue. It can cause a convulsion or other symptoms of excess ... Read More
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are known risks of hyperbaric oxygen therapy that a qualified doctor should review with you prior to starting treatment. Effects can be re... Read More

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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robin Dretler
Infectious Disease 43 years experience
Sometimes: Since you are under increased atmoshpheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber, there is increased pressure in the lungs. If one has COPD with blebs, (fr... Read More
Dr. George Ciechanowski
Pulmonary Critical Care 40 years experience
Possibly: If you are a co2 retainer and have COPD you could have an fatal event in a hyperbaric dive situation.
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Not certain.: While there is anecdotal evidence that patients with COPD (more precisely, emphysema) have problems with (1) high oxygen concentrations and (2) are mo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a process where a person is placed in a room or chamber with high pressurized 100% oxygen. This delivers high levels of... Read More
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered in a chamber. It can be single person chamber or a multiplace chamber. 100% oxygen is delivered within the cham... Read More
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Definition: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
A therapy: Hbot is breathing 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. This is performed in a chamber specifically built for this purpose. It's basic aff... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Forbes
Wound care 16 years experience
Concentrated Oxygen : Hyperbaric oxygen (hbo) is a treatment designed to deliver high concentrations of oxygen to very specific types of wounds. The patient is placed in a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Depends: The answer will vary depending upon who you ask. Proponents of hyperbaric therapy will claim it will cure hair loss and improve your sex life, and op... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a process where a person is placed in a room or chamber with high pressurized 100% oxygen. This delivers high levels of... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
No: I presume the answer is no as there is no scientific study related to this issue. In fact high oxygen flow for too long can cause inflammation in the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered in a chamber. It can be single person chamber or a multiplace chamber. 100% oxygen is delivered within the cham... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a process where a person is placed in a room or chamber with high pressurized 100% oxygen. This delivers high levels of... Read More

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