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How effective is hyperbaric oxygen treatment in curing Lyme disease?

How effective is hyperbaric oxygen treatment in curing Lyme disease?

My response is: Is in between that of dr. Bolhack and dr. Baker. Lyme disease is not an approved indication for hbot. While the study that dr. Baker referred to sounded promising, i don't believe any conclusive statement can be made. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Research underway: Here are a constelation of studies: http://www.Medicalgasresearch.Com/content/1/1/21. Most studies have been done with severe traumatic brain injury patients. I believe that the jury is still out. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

HBOT ; Chronic Fatig: One study "the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of chronic fatigue syndrome was suggestive of improvements but it was a very small study. I don't know how scientifically vigorous it was. http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/pubmed/23682549. Currently chronic fatigue syndrome is not an approved indication for hbot. (committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric med. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy {hbot} generally recommended to heal renal {kidney} disease?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy {hbot} generally recommended to heal renal {kidney} disease?

No: Hyperbaric oxygen is used in a few llimited scenarios...But chronic or acute kidney disease are not one of those scenarios. That being said, I am sure there are some people out there doing it. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen treatment cure alcoholic polyneuropathy?

Does hyperbaric oxygen treatment cure alcoholic polyneuropathy?

Hyperbaric: There is no evidence that hyperbaric medicine can cure alcoholic polyneuropathy. ...Read more

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Would hyperbaric oxygen therapy be effective for brain damage linked to long-term solvent abuse?

Would hyperbaric oxygen therapy be effective for brain damage linked to long-term solvent abuse?

No. The FDA lists 14: conditions for which the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen treatment outweigh its risks of painful & sometimes serious consequences. It is no help whatsoever for brain damage from any cause, ADHD, Autism. The FDA requests that you report any provider who claims that it is. See www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm364687.htm ...Read more

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How effective is hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

How effective is hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

Yes. No. Maybe.: While hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is a great treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, it only works as an adjunct. You have to control the diabetes, restore as much blood flow as possible, perform standard wound care, and "do all the other stuff right, " first. Age is not an obstacle, but hbot will not do any good if the diabetic patient does not have an ulcer (i.e., a wound or break in the skin). ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease a good treatement?

Is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease a good treatement?

No: Since 1982 when i became a physician, people have claimed chelation treatments for coronary artery disease were the treatment. In every single case i witnessed their demise from a coronary event. It is not an fda std. Of care procedure for coronary artery disease. In reality, it only benefits the person giving the treatment. Maybe within the next 100yrs the fda willfindnewmeds.That prevent plaque. ...Read more

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Treatment for chronic demyelinating brain disease?

Treatment for chronic demyelinating brain disease?

Drugs exist: Previous answer on stress reduction which is really important.However, medications exist that can help too. It does depend on which demyelinating problem (ms, cdip), and what type as some treatments are more indicated for certain kinds of ms for example.Many are powerful immune-modulating drugs, and can be by mouth, shot or IV depending. Best to see someone skilled in treatment, such as neurologist. ...Read more

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Is chronic sinusitis treatment with prednisone (total 275mg in 20d)and antibiotics beneficial for diabetic with thyroid problems?Or priority tosurgery

Is chronic sinusitis treatment with prednisone (total 275mg in 20d)and antibiotics beneficial for diabetic with thyroid problems?Or priority tosurgery

Diagnosis: 20 days of Prednisone is too long for the treatment of sinusitis. The usual dose is 60 mg. Daily for 5 days. The Prednisone can have an effect on your blood sugar. If the cat scan reveals chronic sinusitis and you have been on multiple antibiotics and you are symptomatic, that is, yellow green nasal discharge, pain and pressure in the face for more than 90 days. Surgery is appropriate. ...Read more

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Why is hyperbaric oxygen treatment used for gangrene?

Gas Gangrene: Clostridia bacteria causes gas gangrene. It normally grows in low oxygen. High pressure oxygen can prevent it from reproducing. This in turns leads to less toxins ; stopping it's spread. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to protect limb health?

Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to protect limb health?

Hyperbaric oxygen: There is no evidence that hyperbaric oxygen treatment can improve limb health unless there is a more specific indication to use this treatment. There are 13 indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatments approved for payment by medicare. ...Read more

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How useful is the hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

How useful is the hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

Agree w Dr. : Del rosario. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) has very specific uses. Being elderly or having diabetes are not indications for use of hbot. However, a person who is elderly or diabetic may have a medical issue that could be addressed with hbot. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve recovery from a stroke?

Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve recovery from a stroke?

There's no conclusive evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy — which involves breathing pure oxygen in a special pressurized chamber — improves the outcome of stroke: Some researchers theorize that increasing the supply of oxygen to the parts of the brain affected by stroke may reduce the extent of irreversible damage. But this has not been proved. Too few people have been studied to say whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy decreases the chance of dying or if it offers other benefits, such as improving the ability to perform everyday tasks. Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found useful in the treatment of a number of conditions — such as decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning — more research is needed to evaluate what, if any, role it plays in stroke treatment. ...Read more

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How beneficial is oxygen for vascular dementia?

How beneficial is oxygen for vascular dementia?

Not helpful: Vascular dementia is caused by multiple strokes, usually each fairly small, and best to protect with an anti platelet drug, such as clopidigrel, or aggrenox. But, many older pts also, have mixed dementia, alzheimer's plus vascular problems. Symptomatic relief may require galanttamine or donepezil. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more