Hyperoxygenation provided by hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) stimulates the immune system and white blood cells provides the oxygen they need to defend the body from bacteria and pathogenic organisms (especially anaerobic type), and makes effective functioning of some antibiotics like aminuglucoside, vancomycin and sulphonamides, which require optimal tissue oxygen levels to act on the infection.
Hyperbaric oxygen is also known by its natural capacity to kill anaerobic bacterias, and it also has a bacteriostatic (stops or control proliferation) on aerobic bacterias.
High levels of oxygen help to fight or control many viruses and fungus, that join some infections, or than can proliferate due to the use of medicines like antibiotics.
HBOT therapy can be complementary to other conventional medical procedures.
- Gas gangrene or clostridial myonecrosis (blocking the formation of clostridial toxins)
- Lyme disease (Borrelia Burgdorferi) and anaerobic coinfections, viruses and fungus
- Chronic infections by aerobic bacteria (bacteriostatic effect)
- Necrotizing infections bone and soft tissue
- Anaerobic bacteria (bactericidal)
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Acute necrotizing fasceítis
- Infected ulcers