HBOT Contraindications

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Contraindications & Side Effects:

Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and non-invasive, with possible minor, mild side effects. Please be aware that one possible side effect that may occur at the beginning and/or end of treatment (during compression and decompression) is a sensation of fullness in your ears, which can be alleviated by yawning. The sensation is very similar to taking-off and landing in an airplane. For those who may be claustrophobic, we suggest bringing an iPod/iPad to provide a distraction. Our chamber is light, and bright, and has two windows for your comfort.

While high-pressure oxygen therapy entails managing the safety risk of using 100% oxygen and the possibility of oxygen toxicity, mild HBOT offers the same physiological benefits with only minor, temporary potential side effects, which may include barotrauma (temporary ear pain), mild sinus discomfort, and temporary myopia (nearsightedness) rarely. In addition, the risk of seizure from oxygen toxicity is a risk related to pressures typically greater than 2.0 ATA and is unheard of below 1.5 ATA (ours runs below this level).

Please note the following contraindications and drug interactions to mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
  • Congenital Spherocytosis
  • COPD/Emphysema with air trapping
  • Untreated Pneumothorax
  • Upper Respiratory Infections—URIs can make it difficult for the patient to clear his/her ears, which can result in inflammation of sinuses, or sinus squeeze.
If you are currently taking any of the following medications, then hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be avoided:
  • Cisplatin—a chemotherapy agent
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse®)—an oral tablet used to treat chronic alcoholism
  • Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
  • Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections
   

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