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What to Expect During HBOT Treatment

Once you are positioned comfortably inside the chamber, the pressure and temperature will gradually increase. When the chamber reaches the desired pressure, we will adjust the temperature to your comfort level.

You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you how to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. When you complete treatment, the chamber restores to normal pressure, and the interior of the chamber becomes cooler.

A typical course of treatment involves spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

Side Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine

You may experience temporary vision changes, which should return to normal within a few weeks after you complete therapy. We recommend that you not change the prescription of your eyewear during the course of your therapy. Some patients also experience fatigue during treatment. These are both completely normal.

How to Prepare for a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session

For safety reasons, you may not bring certain items inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This includes:

  • Makeup, nail polish, perfume, and aftershave
  • Flammable materials
  • Wigs and hairpieces
  • Hairspray and hair oils
  • Hearing aids
  • Alcohol- or petroleum-based products
  • Metallic items, such as jewelry, watches, and coins
  • Clothing, other than the 100% cotton garment we will provide you

Before treatment, as your hyperbaric chamber technician about contact lens use for further instructions.

You should also refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent wound healing due to its effect on your blood vessels.

What to Tell Your Doctor Before Each HBOT Treatment

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the clinic before your treatments begins.

Also, inform the staff about any medications you are taking or changes to your medications over the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level, which we will check during each visit.

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