Lyme Disease in Humans Treatment2021-09-23T18:51:35+00:00

Treating Lyme Disease in Humans

Treating Lyme Disease in Humans

Lyme disease is a type of bacteria that infects people, making them very sick. Treating Lyme disease in humans is tricky because the symptoms come and go since toxins are left behind. To complicate matters, in 2013, scientists from the Mayo Clinic discovered another type of bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Antibiotics changed to kill multiple types of bacteria.

John’s Hopkins did a study that found even with antibiotic treatments, not all symptoms subside. While some antibiotics work at killing off bacteria, there are toxins and metals left behind in the body. Treatment is difficult because conditions can develop that are not treated with antibiotics.

For this reason, doctors have started treating patients with more than just antibiotics. It is becoming more common to recommend that patients use hyperbaric chamber therapy with medications to attack the bacteria and symptoms from multiple angles. This is especially important if the person has a type of bacteria that becomes resistance to traditional antibiotic therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits

The bacteria that cause Lyme disease in humans is anaerobic, like most bacteria. This means it does not use oxygen and dies off in a high oxygen environment. The way that hyperbaric therapy works is a person is put into a chamber that seals. The air pressure is increased and the air is made up of pure oxygen. With the added high pressure, blood oxygen levels are increased.

Since the bacteria that cause Lyme disease cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment, it dies off. Together with antibiotics, the bacteria are completely killed off and the toxins left behind are removed too. Lyme disease treatment in humans is more than just killing the bacteria though. This is when the hyperbaric oxygen therapy becomes even more beneficial.

People who contract Lyme disease often have lingering symptoms, including muscle and joint pain, chronic inflammation, and nerve damage. The earlier that someone seeks treatment for Lyme disease, the better. When the bacteria, metals, and toxins that accompany Lyme disease bacteria sits in the body for too long, the symptoms and conditions get worse.

Other benefits of highly oxygenated blood from hyperbaric oxygen treatments includes:

  • Stimulated tissue repair
  • Increased blood vessel repair
  • Restore energy levels
  • More white blood cells to boost the immune system
  • Repair and restore brain function
  • Heal damaged organs

Some patients are finding relief after suffering for years with these symptoms.

What to Expect During Treatment

When patients come in for a treatment, they are given a hospital gown to put on. They enter into the hyperbaric oxygen chamber and get comfortable. During the therapy, patients just relax and breathe the highly oxygenated air. They can watch television or listen to music while doing therapy to help pass the time.

Treatments can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Doctors will also recommend multiple visits, depending on the severity of symptoms.

As the hyperbaric oxygen therapy eliminates the bacteria and toxins, they will travel through the body. There are side effects that people will often experience, including inflammation, grogginess, headaches, and even a low fever. In the short term, many may feel like they are getting worse, but it does get better as the body gets rid of the toxins.

Overall, many people have seen an improvement in their Lyme disease symptoms while using hyperbaric chamber treatments.

THE AALTO DIFFERENCE

At Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group, we value scientific evidence and innovation, so we send our doctors to meetings held by the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, Hyperbaric Medicine International Society, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and the International Hyperbarics Association every year.

Starting Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy

If you are interested in trying hyperbaric chamber treatment, talk to your doctor or a clinic near you to see if you qualify. There are certain health conditions that can be aggravated or worsened through treatment, so it is important you give a thorough health history.

Have more questions? Give us a call today to learn how hyperbaric chamber therapy can work for you. We welcome questions and are happy to help you understand what to expect and how to prepare.

Legal Disclaimer

While the studies on the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy suggest promising results for a variety of medical conditions, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees for a specific outcome. HBOT may not be appropriate for every condition or ever individual.

The content information provided within this site are for educational and informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice.  Please consult with your treating medical physician before pursuing any form of therapy, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  In full support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, off-label Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is considered Investigational and Experimental.

If you are experiencing any kind of medical emergency, always call 911 or your doctor immediately.

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