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Are there any dangers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Are there any dangers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 excitability like muscle twitching or behavior changes. Pressure changes can cause ear drum damage and dizziness. Most effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are reversible when the therapy is stopped. ...Read more

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Definition)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The ...Read more


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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy dangerous to those with copd?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy dangerous to those with copd?

Possibly: If you are a co2 retainer and have COPD you could have an fatal event in a hyperbaric dive situation. ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Definition: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The efficacy is the same. ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot)?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot)?

O2 under pressure: The oxygen that you breath while under pressure in an hbo chamber is acting like a drug. There are a myriad of effects of this. The most important effect is to get oxygen to tissues that are failing because of a lack of oxygen. The pressure helps force o2 into the tissues where circulation may be poor. Also increased circulation of stem cells has been reported with hbo. ...Read more

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Can you explain hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Can you explain hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 chamber under pressures equal to 2 to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure depending on the medical problem that you physician is treating. This is equal to 33 feet of seawater in pressure. The treatments last two to 2.5 hours; they are done daily. ...Read more

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Do you know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Do you know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 chamber under pressures equal to 2 to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure depending on the medical problem that you physician is treating. This is equal to 33 feet of seawater in pressure. The treatments last two to 2.5 hours; they are done daily. ...Read more

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Who benefits in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

> 12 FDA approved: Indications. The committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric medicine recommends hyperbaric oxygen can be used for treatment of: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w standard tx, crush injuries, thermal burns, delayed. ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What is it for?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What is it for?

Number of uses: HBO has a number of uses. Simply put it is use f oxygen (O2). O2 depending on illness treated, it can be used to create a gradient, ie in diseases where we are trying to create blood vessels, aid toxin removal CO or cyanide poisoning, hyperoxgenation in anemia, lead to bacterial killing in anaerobic infections. I recommend judicious use, and the society's web page is a good resource uhms. Org ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What is it for?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What is it for?

Number of uses: HBO has a number of uses. Simply put it is use f oxygen (O2). O2 depending on illness treated, it can be used to create a gradient, ie in diseases where we are trying to create blood vessels, aid toxin removal CO or cyanide poisoning, hyperoxgenation in anemia, lead to bacterial killing in anaerobic infections. I recommend judicious use, and the society's web page is a good resource uhms. Org ...Read more

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What should I know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Multiple indications: It is a treatment modality using 100 % oxygen pressurised to 2 - 3 times of atmospheric pressure inside a single chamber or inside a bigger chamber to treat for nonhealing wounds, radiation injury, preserve grafts and flaps on skin, acute necrotising infections, nonhealing bone infections, some fungal infections (mucor), carbon monoxide poisoning, air embolism and decompress
ion sickness in divers. ...Read more

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Could hyperbaric oxygen therapy make us age slower?

Could hyperbaric oxygen therapy make us age slower?

I don't think that: There is evidence for halting the aging process at this time. But, I wouldn't be surprised if if was advertised for this purpose. Approved uses for hyperbaric oxygen include: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w standard tx, crush injuries, thermal. ...Read more

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What exactly is involved in hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 chamber under pressures equal to 2 to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure depending on the medical problem that you physician is treating. This is equal to 33 feet of seawater in pressure. The treatments last two to 2.5 hours; they are done daily. ...Read more

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What treatments can be helped by hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

HBOT: The committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric medicine recommends hyperbaric oxygen can be used for treatment of: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w standard tx, crush injuries, thermal burns, delayed radiation injuries, . ...Read more

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Does mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps injuries heal quickly?

Does mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps injuries heal quickly?

Possibly yes: The usefulness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in healing chronic diabetic foot ulcer is well documented. There is only anecdotal evidence that hbo will help acute injuries heal. Inflammation is evident both in chronic wounds and in acute injury. Hbo is known to decrease inflammation so theoretically acute injuries should resolve more quickly with hbo. More study is needed before hbo use for injury. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

What is the definition or description of: hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Pressurized 100% O2: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The efficacy is the same. ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy? What is it and what does it treat?

Different ailments: Hbot is a form of treatment whereby patients are given 100% oxygen in higher-than-usual atmospheric pressures, in a chamber or vessel fit for human occupation (pvho). The therapy is used for treatment of different ailments, including diabetic wounds, radiation injuries, decompression sickness, and so on. Talk to a hyperbaricist to see if you have a condition that can be treated with hbot. ...Read more

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For what length of time did it take you to notice effects from hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Variable: The answer is somewhat variable. The effects of hyperbaric oxygen can be immediate (in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning), but can be long - very long (for example, in the case of radiation cystitis). We usually wait about 1 month before seeing effects in diabetic wounds, but again this varies depending on the size of the wound, and its "complexity" (i.e., underlying medical conditions). ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy has side effects?

A few reversible: Hyperbaric oxygen (hbo) therapy is administration of 100% oxygen under pressure. The oxygen acts like a drug in this envirionment. Some diabetics will have a significant drop in their blood sugar but it goes back to safe range when they eat or drink. Patients getting a lot of hbo (over 40) can have worsening of distance vision) that will revert to pre-hbo level once treatments are stopped. ...Read more

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What are the 13 indications approved by medicare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

What are the 13 indications approved by medicare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

All 13?: There may not be enough space to answer your question, but i'll try:
1. Diabetic foot ulcers, after 30+ days of std wound care.
2. Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
3. Radiation skin or soft tissue injuries
4. Actinomycosis
5. Crush injuries and acute traumatic ischemic limbs
6. Necrotizing skin / soft tissue infections
7. Air embolism
8. Decompression sickness.
Oops, I'm out of space, sry. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism effective?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism effective?

No: The complex issues involved in autistic children are not altered by this therapy. ...Read more

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Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with stroke rehab?

Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with stroke rehab?

Not sure: Have never treated patients with HBOT who have had a stoke. ...Read more

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Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help a child with autism?

Sorry, no.: The only evidence-based treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy geared at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (use for health conditions)?

HBOT: There are > 12 fda approved uses for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric medicine recommends hyperbaric oxygen can be used for treatment of: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w. ...Read more

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What are the risks or possible side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Does it hurt? And what side effects are there?

What are the risks or possible side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Does it hurt? And what side effects are there?

Treatment: Treatment of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is generally safe and painless.

The most common side effect would be the risk of injury to your ear drums during the compression phase of the treatment. This is because compression of the hyperbaric chamber is similar to when an airplane lands, or when you dive to the bottom of a swimming pool. As pressure builds up outside of the ear, you will have to equalize pressure by "popping" your ears. If you can do this, there should be no problems. If you cannot because you have a cold, aren't paying attention, or because you are not properly trying to equalize pressure, you can have pain, bleeding, swelling, or in a worst case scenario - rupture of the ear drum. These can all be easily avoided by communicating with your hyperbaric chamber operator, who will monitor your progress and adjust your compression or decompression rate. If you cannot successfully equalize your ears, you may be referred for pressure equalization tubes, which will eliminate this risk.

You may have similar discomfort in your sinuses, which is more difficult to manage because it is not possible to actively equalize pressure in your sinuses. In this case, your treatment may have to be postponed until you can decreased the amount of inflammation around your sinus cavities.

People who get hbot may also be at risk to damage to their lungs if there is a history of spontaneous collapse of the lungs, or damage to the lung tissue such as emphysema or COPD or asthma. If you have any history of lung disease, you should tell your treating physician ahead of time so that they can screen you for safety.

We have noticed that there are some people who develop mild nearsightedness as a result of hbot. This usually is in the elderly or diabetic patient but can happen to anyone who has had a multi-week series of hbot. These effects are generally temporary and revert back to pre-hbot vision. You should be aware of these changes so that you can plan for alternative transportation in case your vision changes. You should not have to get new glasses, as vision will generally return to baseline after you have stopped your hbot.

As with any medication, too much medicine may result in an toxicity. In the case of oxygen, you can get a case of oxygen poisoning of the brain, which could result in a seizure. This seizure is strictly related to the oxygen and will stop once the oxygen levels are decreased. You won't have to take any medications or be at any higher risk of seizures in the future. The risk of an oxygen induced seizure has been estimated to be about 1 in 3, 000 to 1 in 5, 000 treatments. Your treating physician may modify your treatment profile to use less oxygen, or institute more frequent or longer air breaks to temporarily lower the dose of oxygen to your brain. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

It might: It is a very expensive trreatment but its greatest benefit is treating spinal injury asap. Read my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" you can google. Oxygen is the very root of energy metabolism and a great deal of energy is required for healing. But, like everything else, it has to be dosed. Too much oxygen is as bad as too little. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Yes but Wrong: Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things, there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy. And the dangers....Beware. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about person in coma after head injury regained consciousness after under going hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Can you tell me about person in coma after head injury regained consciousness after under going hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

When I was a diving: Medical officer, myself ; the master diver did two simultaneous treatment table sevens (in two side by side multiplace chambers on the uss kittiwake asr -13). Both men (divers) came in in full arrest - one by helo and one by water. One diver (who had drown) did not make it - the other diver returned to consciousness. I met him again years later ; he appeared to have resolution of his initial. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really good for subdural hematoma?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really good for subdural hematoma?

No.: Removal of the hematoma and relieving pressure on the brain is the treatment for subdural hematomas. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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