What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or otherwise known as Hyperbaric medicine is a kind of therapy that uses pure oxygen or high level of oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. According to Mayo Clinic, the air pressure inside this chamber is three times higher than normal atmospheric pressure.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What conditions can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you asked? It is a very effective treatment in decompression sickness, serious infection or necrotizing soft tissue infections, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds not healing due to diabetes, gangrene,  crush injury, radiation injury, Alzheimer's disease, burns, autism, HIV/AIDS and so many more.

Experts are continuously studying about this therapy in order strengthen it's use in treating different conditions. With it's proven effectiveness, we should also be aware that it must not be performed to patients suffering from untreated tension pneumothorax as it may worsen the condition. If a person is taking Cisplatin, Doxorubicin, Disulfiram or Mafenide acetate, he is not advised to undergo such therapy. 


Although it is proven a safe procedure, complications may still arise. Among these complications are organ damage due to changes of air pressure, temporary myopia, or damaged eardrums due to high air pressure. These are rare complications but can still occur to some undergoing HBO therapy.

Wikipedia enumerated the therapeutic principles of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Let me just simplify it. Basically HBO therapy is conducted to increase the level of air pressure in the tissue and blood steam while reducing static gas bubbles inside the body. 


Resources:
healthybalanceddiet.net
Mayo Clinic
Wikipedia

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    18 comments:

    1. This is very helpful and informative, my first time to learn these terms actually.

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    2. Interesting I never heard of this before. Thank you for shedding some light on the hyperharic oxygen therapy.

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    3. This is so interesting I have to admit I have never heard of such a treatment before. x

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    4. That would be good if it can cure infection without a side effect.

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    5. Interesting to say the least-I do not think I have ever heard of this before. I will go and research it for myself to learn even more about it.

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    6. Never heard of this treatment before
      Very interesting

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    7. I have never heard of this, what a great way to treat so many things.

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    8. I've heard this is good for kids with autism but we have not tried it with my daughter, I think it would scare her to be in there.

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    9. I always say you can learn something new everyday if you try. Today I learned about a new therapy that I have been curious about for years.

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    10. I have no idea about this treatment before. Thanks for the informative infographics.

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    11. There are so many therapy that helps patient recuperate faster.

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    12. I am really clueless about the kind of treatment this is ..but that's so good to be informed with this article.

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    13. First time i heard about this thing! Sound very high tech

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    14. This is pretty cool, the hyperbalic oxygen is indeed good for treatment, to see what kind of illness it can cure...

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    15. Same goes here! I have never heard of this before and it i so interesting such new things. Thank you for sharing this one.

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    16. It's my first time to to hear about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.Interesting.

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    17. Ive never heard of this before. Thanks for the great graphics and explanation of it! =)

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