Lyme disease is an infectious disease with a worldwide impact, caused by the tick-carried Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.1
Deer ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. If bitten by a deer tick that has the bacteria, a red rash will quickly appear and it’s often in a bull’s-eye pattern. The symptoms of Lyme are flu-like symptoms, joint pain, muscle weakness and brain fog. Lyme disease can cause significant disorders including neurodegenerative effects.
Late Stage Lyme Disease
If Lyme disease isn’t promptly or effectively treated in the first two stages, late disseminated Lyme occurs weeks, months or even years after the tick bite. The Lyme bacteria have spread throughout the body and many patients develop chronic arthritis as well as an increase in neurological and cardiac symptoms.2
• Arthritis in joints or near the point of infection
• Severe headaches or migraines
• Vertigo, dizziness
• Migrating pains that come and go in joints/tendons
• Stiff, aching neck
• Sleep disturbances, insomnia
• Disturbances in heart rhythm
• Mental fogginess, concentration issues
• Numbness in the arms, legs, hands or feet
• Problems following conversations and processing information
• Bone infections
• Severe fatigue2
HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)
The most common treatments for Lyme disease are antibiotics and herbal supplementation, but for many individuals suffering from the disease, alternative therapies are where they are looking to add on natural treatments. HBOT is one of the methods used to increase oxygen throughout the cells to destroy anaerobic bacteria, which can’t exist in an oxygenated area. It is also touted as having the ability to improve immune function and repair damaged tissues. Some believe that HBOT can kill Lyme bacteria, and many patients report feeling better after HBOT.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that delivers 100% oxygen to a patient’s pulmonary system while they are within a pressurized chamber. This saturation of oxygen allows high-
levels of life-sustaining oxygen to be delivered to the tissues and organs. This increase of the partial pressure of oxygen at the cellular level accelerates the healing processes and assists in the recovery from numerous indications.
Many patients have tried HBOT for various disorders and disease states, and the majority of them will give glowing reviews for disease reversal and regression. There are no guarantees and off-label use is at the person’s personal discretion. Individuals wanting to explore HBOT have the right to do so, although results are always based on a patient’s overall health, physical condition, and other medical factors.
Hyperbaric Centers of Florida is a premier hyperbaric treatment facility located in the Tampa Bay area. Their state-of-the-art hyperbaric clinic provides therapy to outpatients on a 7-day per week basis, closing only on major holidays.
Currently, There Are 15 FDA Approved HBOT Conditions:
• Air or Gas Embolism
• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• Compromised Skin Grafts or Flaps
• Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome
• Decompression Sickness (Bends)
• Diabetic & Other Non-healing Wounds
• Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
• Exceptional Anemia: Resulting of Bleeding
• Gas Gangrene
• Intracranial Abscess
• Radiation Injury
• Refractory Osteomyelitis
• Thermal Burns
• Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
*HBOT is used “off-label” for various disease states and disorders and HBOT may be ordered by a physician for off-label indications. Hyperbaric Centers of Florida makes no claims as to the efficacy for any indications other than the fifteen approved by FDA.
Common Off-Label Indications:
• Brain Injury
• Bells Palsy
• Cerebral Palsy
• Cosmetic Surgery
• Lyme Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Nerve Injuries
• Oral Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Severe Migraines
• Sports Injury
• Tendon Injuries
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Venomous snake and spider bites
To find out more, or to schedule your appointment today, please call Hyperbaric Centers of Florida at 813-788-3969.
1. A.C. Steere, “Lyme Disease” N Engl J Med, 321 (1989), pp. 586-596
2. Global Lyme Alliance, “Stages of Lyme Disease” Stamford CT, 2019, globallymealliance.org.