What are the benefits and risks of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Many people benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, especially those living with chronic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help tissue heal through the growth of new skin, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally considered safe. While rare, risks of the procedure include:

  • Middle ear injuries
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Temporary nearsightedness
  • Claustrophobia
  • Oxygen poisoning
  • Seizures

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy isn’t right for every person. Your doctor may recommend another treatment if you have certain medical conditions, including some types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory infections, or cataracts.

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