Lyme Disease

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Diesease

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There are an estimated 150,000 people afflicted with Lyme Disease in the United States. The CDC speculates that because the condition mimics so many other illnesses, the actual number of people with Lyme disease may be 5 to 10 times higher than those reported.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted to humans by infected deer ticks. Short-term sufferers of Lyme report symptoms including bull’s-eye rash, fever, flu-like symptoms, migraines, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and are accompanied by immune system dysfunction, nervous system dysfunction, cognitive disorders, sleep disturbance, personality changes, and cardiac problems. A large number of cases are misdiagnosed and quickly develop into a more serious condition known as late disseminated Lyme. This condition comprises many debilitating symptoms and has been considered difficult to treat in the medical community.

Due to the vast range of symptoms present in Lyme, patients are often misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression or even arthritis. In addition, there is not one diagnosis and proper treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments infuse the body with oxygen, increasing oxygen levels by up to 1000% in body tissues through the increased pressure. The bacterium that causes Lyme are considered microaerophilic, needing small amounts of oxygen to survive, but dies in the presence of abundant oxygen. Because the chambers pressurize the atmosphere, HBOT acts as a detoxifier as well. By forcing oxygen into the tissues through the pressure, toxins, chemicals and other impurities are forced out. Patients may experience a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction after initial hyperbaric oxygen treatment.