Hyperbaric Treatment Help Heal Frostbite Injuries

Hyperbaric Treatment Help Heal Frostbite Injuries

This article explains how Hyper Baric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), is used to treat Frost Bite.

In these frigid temperatures, frostbite is a major danger to our skin, but now there’s a solution: oxygen!

At Healing with Hyperbarics in North Suburban Northbrook, they’ve added frostbite to the menu. Inside, tubular hyperbaric chambers are lined up and humming along. Patients sitting inside them rest, watch a little TV and take in oxygen pumped in from a giant tank sitting in the parking lot.

“Oxygen has a lot of healing properties. It reduces inflammation, which occurs with many different medical conditions – burns, infections and that inflammation can destroy tissue and cells,” said Dr. Janet Tomezsko of Healing with Hyperbarics.

The air we typically breathe is 21 percent oxygen, and inside a hyperbaric chamber, it’s 100 and pressurized.

“Almost like they are scuba diving. They are down underneath sea level in terms of pressure,” Dr. Tomezsko said.