During HBO therapy, you breathe 100% pure oxygen while inside a clear, pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This “hyperbaric” (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and connective tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
If you or a loved one has a wound or a sore that is not healing, call a wound care specialist. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help.
HBO is most often used in combination with other treatments. It is a particularly effective treatment for healing the following: