WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS TO HBOT?
Some preexisting conditions or concurrent therapies can present contraindications to HBO.
Upper respiratory infections and chronic sinusitis make it difficult for the patient to clear his/her ears. Often decongestants are used to open the sinuses.
HBO treatment is absolutely contraindicated for patients with pneumothorax, or collapse lung, and caution is used with HBO treatment if a patient has a history of spontaneous pneumothorax.
HBO is not recommended for patients who have active cancerous conditions on certain chemotherapy agents.
- If a woman is pregnant, HBO is not recommended for precautionary reasons, except in life-threatening emergencies.