Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a special high-pressure chamber to raise the amount of oxygen that enters your body with each breath. This extra supply of oxygen helps wounds heal and your white blood cells fight infection.
Doctors use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat:
- Acute Thermal Burn Injury
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Arterial Insufficiencies:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning complicated by Cyanide Poisoning
- Clostridial Myositis and Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
- Compromised Grafts and Flaps
- Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
- Decompression Sickness
- Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
- Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (New! approved on October 8, 2011 by the UHMS Board of Directors)
- Intracranial Abscess
- Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
- Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
- Severe Anemia
The above list of indications comes from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not hurt; however, you might feel pressure or fullness in you ears. Read more about this therapy in Treatment Details.
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