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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment for oxygen-deprivation diseases and conditions, including decompression illness, non-healing wounds, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBOT, increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. It helps your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and tissues. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber or through a pressurized mask or hood.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is only one method of treating oxygen-deprivation diseases, disorders and conditions. Discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor to understand which options are right for you.  

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 12, 2013

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  1. Decompression Illness: What Is It and What Is the Treatment? Divers Alert Network. http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/article.asp?articleid=65
  2. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVi...
  3. Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. http://membership.uhms.org/?page=Indications.

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