Lyme Disease and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
With Lyme disease being the number one vector-borne illness (i.e., transmitted by mosquitos, fleas, or ticks) in the United States (3), approximately 30,000 cases are being reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year (2).
Due to the nature of this bacterial illness, conventional medicine has not been providing viable solutions for patients suffering with Lyme disease. This has caused patients with Lyme to look outside of what is offered through the traditional medical system and into alternative therapies in order to seek relief.
The Lyme bacteria are shaped like a screws which burrow into various tissues throughout the body. After a delayed period, these bacteria begin to wreak all sorts of havoc including, but not limited to, fatigue, arthritis, encephalopathy, and neurological problems.
When treated within the first six months of infection, patients usually respond well to antibiotics; however, the Lyme bacteria can lay dormant for up to ten months; after which, they become increasingly difficult to kill.
This is when patients begin searching for alternative answers including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
According to several studies, the Lyme bacteria have difficulty surviving in highly oxygenated environments (1).
In our experience at Advanced Hyperbarics, we have seen the quality of life improve for patients with Lyme disease while they are undergoing HBOT, especially when HBOT is used in conjunction with other therapies.
Things to Keep in Mind:
Lyme is transferred to humans through the bite of infected ticks (commonly referred as deer ticks)
Deer do not carry the Lyme bacteria
When working or spending time outdoors, always check for tick bites
If a tick or tick bite is found (sometimes shaped as a “bullseye”), seek medical attention.
- The Robert M. Lombard Hyperbaric Oxygenation Medical Center, Inc. Lyme Disease and Treatment with HBOT. Retrieved from: https://hboxygen.freeyellow.com/id36.html
- CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/humancases.html . Accessed September 2019.
- EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency). 2016. Climate Change Indicators in the United States: Lyme Disease. Retrieved from: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-02/documents/print_lyme_2016.pdf