According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.
There are over 300,000 cases reported each year. Unfortunately, this disease remains difficult to identify and diagnose, which makes the definitive number of people affected difficult to ascertain. As listed by the CDC, symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. If Lyme disease is left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
The tick-borne bacteria (or spirochete) that causes Lyme disease is protected by the biofilm it creates to hide from the immune system, which results in its ability to lie dormant for years. Often, antibiotic intervention can fall short in providing symptomatic relief, however, the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in conjunction with traditional treatments may help to offer some relief.
The International Hyperbarics Association lists these as demonstrated benefits of HBOT for symptoms associated with Lyme disease:
Ameliorate Neurological Conditions With HBOT:
Enhances short-term memory
Reduces chronic fatigue
Ameliorates chronic headaches
Increase Mobility With HBOT:
Diminishes inflammatory-related arthritic pain
Lessens muscle discomfort
Improves walking distance
Amplifies energy levels
Enhance Antibacterial Effects With HBOT:
Induces angiogenesis to mobilize blood flow to affected tissue and bone
Augments antibiotic interventions by driving spirochete out of biofilms
Enhances white blood cell and immune system activity
Improves antibiotic cell wall penetration
Increases oxygen free radicals to combat the bacterial organism
For further questions or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 515-421-4002!
We also recommend checking out this video from Dr. Sonners of HBOT USA for further information:
International Hyperbarics Association. (2019). Lyme Disease & Hyperbarics [Brochure]. International Hyperbarics Association.
Lyme disease home | CDC. (2022, January 19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html