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Oxygen Therapy

Updated on September 9, 2010

The body requires oxygen to survive, making energy for each part of the body, to thrive. Two types of Oxygen therapy are oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy introduces oxygen into the body to rejuvenate areas not receiving enough oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses high pressured oxygen to treat serious infections and wounds.

There are different methods or tools used to introduce oxygen into the body using oxygen therapy. Tools for oxygen therapy are a breathing tube, mask, nasal prongs and/or a portable oxygen tank. For the hyperbaric oxygen therapy method, a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is used.

The amount and time of oxygen therapy sessions vary depending on the type of oxygen therapy and cause for treatment. If an individual is being treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy for decompression sickness they can expect to only have one or two sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy but if someone is recovering from radiation damage or particular forms of bacterial infections, they could expect to have more than 30 sessions.  Each session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can last from 1½ to 2 hours, including pressurization and depressurization time.

 The types of illnesses and ailments that oxygen therapy is considered to be beneficial for are air and gas embolism, bone infections, brain infections, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, gas gangrene, radiation injuries, sinus infections, skin grafts, soft tissue infections and wounds.



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