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Lyme Disease + Hyperbarics

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:

  • Decreases neuroinflammation

  • Enhances short-term memory

  • Reduces chronic fatigue

  • Improves concentration

  • Ameliorates chronic headaches

  • Lessens depression

  • Moderates insomnia

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.


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