Hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBOT) is a medical process that aims to improve the body capabilities to heal itself. The process involves inhalation of oxygen in a body chamber. The oxygen in the chamber is control and under monitoring, while the atmospheric pressure escalates The Food and Drug Administration has cleared this process, and this method is for different types of treatments and in some cased HBOT is a part of a complete patient treatment.
However, the process is not a miracle cure for many diseases and the internet is spreading this misconception. The FDA has strictly negated such misconceptions. To give consumers a clear picture, FDA encourages people to go for this treatment only under the prescriptions of a qualified doctor.
The Hyperbaric Process
There are many Hyperbaric Chamber Side Effects. In this process, the patient lays down on a table in a chamber. He has to breathe normally and gradually the pressure in the chamber increases. Depending on the nature of treatment the process can last from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Due to the increase in pressure, a patient may feel some discomfort and a popping sensation in the ears. This whole process is carefully monitored and to prevent oxygen poisoning the patient takes short breaks and breathe normal air without the pressure. The reason is to make certain the body tissues do not absorb too much oxygen. The patient gets some time to rest to make certain there are no medical complications during the treatment.
The doctor will decide the level of oxygen maintained in the chamber and this need will vary according to the health condition and treatment plan of each patient. The doctor will look for many things such as the age of a patient, past medical history, and all precautions necessary to cut the side effect of Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and keep the patient safe.
The simple side effects of a hyperbaric chamber are fatigue, sinus pain or dizziness during or after the process. The serious implications of this treatment are:
Some patients find it difficult to breathe in the chamber and deal with the escalated levels of air pressure and this can lead to lung damages and infection. During the treatment, the excessive oxygen can result in oxygen poisoning that can increase fluids in the lungs and permanently damage the lungs.
While most people suffer from little pain and sensation in their ears but this process can lead to the rupture of the middle ear.
Patients may suffer from severe sinus pain after the treatment. This is an alarming sign as the usual sensation in sinus is fleeting and should not escalate to high pain.
The treatment can lead to vision problems such as blurry vision or myopia.
You may feel a sickness in the stomach and a loss of appetite. This can also be corrected by using some medicines. Headaches may occur which can sometimes be non-irritating but sometimes can cause many problems if severe. A pain in the region of the head and neck is very annoying and can be alarming. But it’s essential to consult your doctor before starting any kind of medication.
Although these side effects are alarming, however, these are rare occurrences and in the majority of the cases, the side effects are mild and not harmful to a patient. The patient who agrees to this treatment option should discuss his complete diagnosis with the doctor. A doctor is in the best place to suggest this treatment option and if you are still not sure you can go for a second opinion. If you see any serious illness after the treatment you should immediately consult with your doctor and get examined.