Hyperbaric oxygen therapy consists of breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is well established as a treatment for decompression sickness, a risk associated with diving. There are other conditions that can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, such as severe infections, air bubbles in blood vessels, and non-healing wounds caused by diabetes or radiation injuries.
Today we will answer some of the constant questions asked by users of hyperbaric chambers.
What is a hyperbaric chamber?
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the pressure rises two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, the lungs can hold much more oxygen than would be possible by breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
What happens during the process?
The blood transports a certain amount of extra oxygen throughout the body, which helps to fight bacteria and stimulates the release of substances called “growth factors” and “stem cells”, which promote healing.
Why and what is the treatment performed for?
The body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When a tissue is injured, it needs even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. By performing repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra-high oxygen levels help generate the same oxygen levels as in normal tissues, even after therapy is completed.
What types of diseases does oxygen therapy combat?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat different diseases. And medical institutions use it in different ways. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:
- Severe anemia
- Brain abscess
- Air bubbles in blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Oppressive injury
- Sudden deafness
- Traumatic brain injury
- Sudden and painless loss of vision
Are there any risks when using Hyperbaric oxygen chambers?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure. Complications are rare. However, the treatment does involve some risks.
Potential risks include the following:
– Injury to the middle ear, including fluid leakage and perforation of the eardrum, due to changes in air pressure.
– Temporary myopia caused by temporary changes in the lens of the eye.
– Lung collapse caused by changes in air pressure (barotrauma)
– Seizures caused by excess oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in the central nervous system
– Decreased blood glucose in people with insulin-treated diabetes
– In some circumstances, fire due to the high level of oxygen in the treatment chamber.
How do I prepare to use an HBOT?
For your safety, items such as lighters or battery-powered devices that generate heat are prohibited from entering the hyperbaric chamber. In addition, you may need to remove petroleum-based skin and hair care products, as they pose a potential fire hazard. Your health care team will give you instructions on how to prepare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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