Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by Olivia Cerf, FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have HBOT, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Nearsightedness (myopia), which can last for weeks or months
  • Sinus damage, ruptured middle ear, or lung damage
  • Damage to the ear drum (tympanic membrane)
  • Oxygen toxicity, which can cause seizures , fluid in the lungs, or respiratory failure
  • Worsening symptoms or increased risk for lung problems in people with congestive heart failure or lung disease

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure. The safety of HBOT has not been tested on patients with seizure disorders.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Discomfort or pain in your sinuses or ears
  • Onset of seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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