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Safety considerations and precautions for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Category: HBOT

While generally considered safe, HBOT does carry some risks and precautions. It is essential to discuss these with your healthcare provider before starting HBOT. Some safety considerations include: 1. Barotrauma: The pressure changes during HBOT can cause barotrauma, which is damage to the ears, sinuses, or lungs. To minimize this risk, it is important to equalize pressure changes as instructed and inform the medical staff if you experience any discomfort or pain. 2. Oxygen toxicity: Breathing high levels of oxygen for extended periods can lead to oxygen toxicity. The risk of oxygen toxicity is low during HBOT sessions, as the duration and pressure are carefully controlled. However, it is important to follow the prescribed treatment plan and not exceed the recommended session duration. 3. Contraindications: HBOT may not be suitable for everyone. Certain conditions, such as untreated pneumothorax (collapsed lung), seizure disorders, and certain types of chemotherapy, may be contraindications to HBOT. It is important to discuss your medical history and current health status with your healthcare provider to determine if HBOT is appropriate for you.

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