Safety, Side Effects, and Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • Orlando Hyperbarics Safety, Side Effects, and Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • Orlando Hyperbarics
7 Jan. 2019

Safety, Side Effects, and Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

A Helpful Guide To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Safety, Side Effects, and Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe?
Yes! Very few safety complications have ever been reported, and many visitors to hyperbaric centers report only mild discomfort, similar to the ear pressure you feel in an ascending or descending airplane. This kind of discomfort can be minimized by altering the pressure inside the chamber at a slower rate. Discuss any concerns you might have with your treating physician or a hyperbaric technician.

Is hyperbaric therapy safe for the elderly?
Yes. Hyperbaric therapy can be very beneficial in your golden years, even contributing to reducing the signs of aging. New research indicates hyperbaric oxygenation slows Apoptosis, or cell death, that ages us.

Is mHBOT painful? 
No, mHBOT is painless and noninvasive. As long as you can handle the air pressure change normally experienced on a commercial aircraft, you can tolerate mHBOT. Severely claustrophobic people may have some difficulty, but your hyperbaric technician can teach you techniques to relieve pressure and alleviate any discomfort.

What are the side effects of HBOT? 
Some clients report vision changes after long-term treatments, but visual acuity returns to normal within three to four months after ending treatment. However, there is a chance that HBOT could contribute to the worsening of cataracts.

Is there any reason someone should not use a hyperbaric chamber? 
Do not enter a hyperbaric chamber if you’re under the influence of intoxicants, if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, or if you’re experiencing symptoms of a cold or influenza. It’s also a good idea to refrain from wearing strongly scented perfumes or other products out of consideration for the next user.

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