Lyme Disease is an ailment caused by the bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. This highly infectious disease originated in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. Its symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of other diseases, which is why it is also called “the great imitator.” Moreover, it is very common in the United States and Europe.
This disease is transmitted to humans through a tick bite, usually from a black-legged deer tick. To be able to transfer the infection, the tick has to be on the skin for 36 hours or more. However, most patients usually do not remember getting a tick bite after getting diagnosed.
Nevertheless, people who live in woodlands or those who spend a lot of time in forested areas and people who bring their domesticated animals along with them in wooded areas are prone to catching this disease.
How Can HBOT Help Lyme Disease Patients?
The bacteria that cause Lyme disease are anaerobic, which means they cannot survive in environments that have high levels of oxygen. Thus, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) is highly effective in treating this disease.
The HBOT is a type of Lyme disease treatment that instills 100% oxygen into a pressurized environment. Through this process, oxygen can enter the body in a way that effectively terminates the bacteria from the system. Although Lyme disease therapy often starts with antibiotics, a lot of physicians have already resorted to utilizing the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. Some even prescribe antibiotics and HBOT at the same time for more effectiveness.
Furthermore, the HBOT does not only kill the disease-causing bacteria. Its high levels of oxygen also help in alleviating symptoms that remain constant even after the infection is gone. Symptoms such as nerve damage, cognitive issues, chronic muscle, and joint pain often disappear after undergoing the treatment.
Some of the most notable effects of HBOT include:
- Stem cell production. Increased oxygen levels in the blood stimulate the production of stem cells, which minimizes joint pain brought about by Lyme disease
- Improved blood flow. The treatment reduces muscle inflammation by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels that allow the passage of oxygen-rich blood to reach inflamed muscles.
- Recovery of damaged organs. The eyes, heart, and liver are often affected in some severe cases. Increased levels of oxygen help in healing these organs so they could go back to normal functioning.
While the HBOT is highly effective as a treatment, patients may experience some side effects like sleepiness, light fever, and headaches. Muscle pain also increases, and cognitive issues may worsen. However, patients report improvement in symptoms after the disappearance of these side effects.
Truly, HBOT is a very promising Lyme disease treatment. For patients who have severe symptoms and for those who are looking for long-term treatment, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment is definitely the way to go.