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.
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, (fragile air-filled sacks of air) the pressure could cause the lung to leak into the chest cavity and to collapse.
Not certain. While there is anecdotal evidence that patients with COPD (more precisely, emphysema) have problems with (1) high oxygen concentrations and (2) are more prone to blebs and spontaneous pneumothorax, this has not been borne out in my practice. Moreover, there is some new studies which challenge the first conjecture (positive pressure ventilation helps copd). I would treat on a case-by-case basis.

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Can you explain hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 pressurized chamber (2x room pressure) which dissolves o2 into the plasma to help kill bacteria, maintain circulation to damaged tissue and reduce swelling. There are only a few proven indications for therapy (see uhms.Org). Read more...
O2 Rx Under Pressure. Hyperbaric oxygenation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or hbo rx is use of oxygen in a pressure chamber 2 treat certain medical conditions. Although used 4 over a century & proven effective 4 decompression sickness 4 decades, the science, physiology & pharmacology of hbo rx has developed only recently. It is complicated, but it works 4 some medical coditions. Misuse has been common. Dr. Mike. Read more...
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...

What should I know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 oxygen to the person and can be used to treat slow or difficult to heal wounds like diabetic or infected wounds. It can be a means to improve healing, to try to prevent the loss of an extremity, or treat serious wound sepsis. Read more...
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...
What do u need it 4? Hbot is a form of treatment whereby patients are given 100% oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressures. Generally, you need a pressurized chamber or vessel fit for human occupation (pvho) to achieve > 1 atm. Hbot is used for treatment of different ailments, including chronic wounds, radiation injuries, decompression sickness, and other ailments, but talk to a hyperbaricist before starting. Read more...

Could hyperbaric oxygen therapy make us age slower?

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 lungs and that's studied. For normal people, there is enough oxygen in the air. Read more...
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...
Hyperbaric medicine. There is no evidence for that this condition is helped nor hindered by hyperbaric treatments. I am afraid that aging is subject to the humor of the tincture of time. Read more...

What treatments can be helped by hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

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 oxygen to the person and can be used to treat slow or difficult to heal wounds like diabetic or infected wounds. It can be a means to improve healing, to try to prevent the loss of an extremity, or treat serious wound sepsis. Read more...
Hyperbaric medicine. There are several indications for hyperbaric treatments: some are scuba diving related, some are for rare medical conditions (aspergillosis, for example), and others are found illnesses that we see in a wound center like chronic refractory osteomyelitis, a wagner iii diabetic ulceration, or from specific complications of radiation. In all cases, the high oxygen helps raise the oxygen of the tissue. Read more...
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...

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

High pressure oxygen. The patient is in a chamber that allows for the administration of oxygen under high pressure. This therapy can bring oxygen to tissues that may need extra oxygen for healing. Read more...
Oxygen under pressur. This is the delivery of oxygen under pressure, meaning greater than atmospheric pressure at sea level. This allows much greater delivery of oxygen into the blood and tissue, overcoming barriers such as poor blood supply and edema (swelling). Read more...
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...

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

Hyperbaric . Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is the use of oxygen as a medication to treat certain disorders. The theory behind hbot is that the oxygen must be breathed while the body is exposed to pressures higher than sea level pressure. This allows more oxygen to be dissolved in the body's bloodstream. This is different than topical oxygen therapy (topox), which does not operate according to the same principles. One can think of oxygen as being the medication and the hyperbaric oxygen chamber as the pill, or injection, by which you are given the medication. It has been classically used to treat scuba divers who have decompression sickness, but has also been used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning and patients with certain wounds that are not healing because the tissue is not getting enough oxygen. There are many different ways that the body responds to oxygen, and there is not enough space to describe them fully. You can follow this link to the undersea and hyperbaric medicine society for more information regarding the use of hbot. Read more...
HBO . Hbo is the use of 100% oxygen at elevated ambient pressures to create supernormal oxygen content in the body. There are 13 medicare approved indications for hbo therapy. You can find out more by visiting the website for uhms (the undersea and hyperbaric medical society). That is the major organization for the specialty. There are no adverse side effects. The risks are associated with the process of decompression at the beginning and decompression at the end of the session. The biggest problem is difficultly "popping" your ears during compression, but this is easily addressed by the hbo technician. They will assess you to see if you have any other risk factors. Read more...
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...
Hyperbaric medicine. There are several indications for hyperbaric treatments: some are scuba diving related, some are for rare medical conditions (aspergillosis, for example), and others are found illnesses that we see in a wound center like chronic refractory osteomyelitis, a wagner iii diabetic ulceration, or from specific complications of radiation. In all cases, the high oxygen helps raise the oxygen of the tissue. Read more...

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism effective?

No. The complex issues involved in autistic children are not altered by this therapy. Read more...
No. And outside of diving injuries (the "bends") and carbon monoxide poisoning there is no evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is anything other than potentially harmful. Read more...
Being researched. 1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.O.Children with autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported significant improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in the control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I believe that the jury is still out & there are intrinsic risks to hyperbaric o2 treatment. Read more...
Not effective. There is no evidence that using hyperbaric oxygen is effective in treating autism. The costs can be considerable so beware of false promises and hopes. Read more...
Not proven. the effects of hyperbaric oxygen has not been proven to have a positive effect in autism. Read more...

Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with stroke rehab?

Yes. Hbot is one of the best therapies for any neurological problem. Get started as soon as possible. It has the ability to help the body heal and regrow new tissue. Continue rehab during hbot if possible. We typically use a starting pressure of 1.75ata, and you will probably need a minimum of 40 treatments, possibly more. Read more...
Hyperbaric oxygen. There are no controlled studies that hyperbaric oxygen helps with strokes. It is not even among those diagnoses approved by medicare for payment; thus, the patient and or their family will incur considerable costs for these treatments that have not been proven to help. More research needs to be completed before this can be recommended. Read more...

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...
Maybe. Children with ASD have multiple medical problems that impair their ability to benefit from educational and behavioral treatments. Therefore, medical therapies which improve overall health, wellness, attention, behavior and mood have the potential to really help them benefit from traditional therapies. In certain patients, hbot in combination with other treatments can be very helpful. Read more...
Jury is still out. 1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.O.Children with autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported significant improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in the control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I believe that the jury is still out & there are intrinsic risks to hyperbaric o2 treatment. Read more...
Not effective. There is no evidence that using hyperbaric oxygen is effective in treating autism. The costs can be considerable so beware of false promises and hopes. Also, the issue of how to get a child with autism to be comfortable in a chamber will be challenging. Read more...