Advanced Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Care with HBOT

Combating Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs) are rapidly progressing nightmares. These flesh-eating bacteria devour tissue, releasing toxins that wreak havoc on the body. These infections are often caused by a combination of bacteria, and their rapid progression demands swift and aggressive treatment.

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How Does HBOT Help With Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections?

The Science Behind The Oxygen & Pressure

HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure inside a pressurized chamber. This seemingly simple act unleashes a multi-pronged attack against NSTI bacteria:

1. Oxygen Starvation: Like a weed deprived of sunlight, NSTI bacteria thrive in low-oxygen environments. HBOT floods the bloodstream with excess oxygen, creating a hostile environment for the bacteria to survive and reproduce.

2. Boosting the Body’s Defenses: HBOT is a great immune system booster. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and other immune factors, strengthening the body’s natural defenses to fight off the infection.

3. Reducing Toxin Production: NSTI bacteria release harmful toxins that damage tissue and worsen the infection. HBOT helps to neutralize these toxins, mitigating their destructive effects and promoting healing.

4. Improving Blood Flow: NSTI can restrict blood flow to the affected area, further hindering oxygen delivery and healing. HBOT improves blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the infected tissue, promoting repair and regeneration.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of HBOT in treating NSTI. A 2020 review of research concluded that HBOT significantly reduced amputation rates and improved survival outcomes for NSTI patients compared to those treated with standard antibiotics alone*. Another study published in 2019 highlighted HBOT’s ability to control the spread of infection and promote wound healing.**

How Do Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections Happen?

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Necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs), also known as “flesh-eating bacteria,” are terrifyingly fast-spreading infections that destroy tissue and can be life-threatening. But how do these seemingly harmless wounds turn into such monsters? Let’s delve into the gruesome journey of an NSTI:

Entry Point: Any break in the skin can act as a gateway for the bacteria. This includes:

  • Minor cuts and scrapes: While most heal without issue, some can become infected, especially if neglected or contaminated.
  • Puncture wounds: Deeper injuries, like stab or animal bites, provide easier access for bacteria.
  • Surgical wounds: Even sterile surgeries can become infected, especially if underlying conditions are present.
  • Burns: Damaged tissue is vulnerable to bacterial invasion.

Bacterial Alliance: While single bacteria can cause NSTI, it’s often a team effort. Different types of bacteria, including streptococci, staphylococci, and clostridia, work together in a synergistic relationship. They create a favorable environment for each other’s growth and produce harmful toxins that damage tissues.

Toxin Mayhem: The toxins released by the bacteria break down tissue, disrupt blood flow, and weaken the immune system, allowing the infection to spread rapidly. 

As the bacteria invade and destroy tissue, they release even more toxins, creating a vicious cycle of destruction. This rapid progression can lead to extensive tissue damage, involving not just skin and muscle but even bone, in a matter of hours or even days.

If left untreated, the toxins can enter the bloodstream, causing widespread inflammation and organ failure. This can lead to septic shock, a life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate.

Symptoms of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

NSTIs are medical emergencies. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are crucial to prevent serious complications and death. If you suspect an NSTI, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Severe Pain: Feels more painful than the wound’s severity
  • Rapidly Spreading Redness and Swelling: Warm to the touch
  • Gas Bubbles Under The Skin: A classic symptom of bacterial infection in a wound
  • Fever and Chills: Signs of widespread infection
  • Brownish Discharge From The Wound: Indicates tissue death


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Conditions Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Supports

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From chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions, to sleep disorders and plastic surgery recovery, our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is designed to navigate a wide array of health challenges, guiding you towards optimal wellness through targeted, individualized strategies.

What Medical Conditions Are Covered By My Health Insurance?

Currently, we do not accept insurance for HBOT.

FDA Approved Conditions
We Manage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recognizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for 14 medical conditions, all of which are generally covered.

Below, you will find links to resources pertaining to the FDA approved conditions and use cases for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. If you have any questions, schedule a consultation with our Hyperbaric Medical Doctor. 

Non-Insurance Covered Conditions We Manage

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) may also benefit many other conditions not yet approved by the FDA. 

Use of HBOT for over 60 medical conditions is approved by other countries around the world and supported by significant, long-standing research. Below is a list of non-covered conditions that have major researched benefits yet to be approved by insurance.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

From chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions, to sleep disorders and plastic surgery recovery, our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is designed to navigate a wide array of health challenges, guiding you towards optimal wellness through targeted, individualized strategies.

Generally, HBOT is considered safe when administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional in a reputable facility. However, it’s essential to understand both the potential benefits and risks before undergoing treatment.

Here’s a breakdown of safety considerations:

Minimal side effects: Most people experience only mild, temporary side effects like ear pressure, fatigue, and sinus discomfort. These usually resolve quickly on their own or with simple measures.

Non-invasive and painless: The treatment itself is comfortable and does not involve needles or surgery.

No drug interactions: HBOT doesn’t interact with medications unless specifically noted by your doctor.

The number of sessions required depends on the condition and individual response. Typically, a treatment plan involving multiple sessions over several weeks is needed. Speak to our Hyperbaric Medical Doctor to get guidance on if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you and your condition, and what you can expect in each of your sessions.

At our Hyperbaric Therapy Wellness Center in Hollywood! We provide expertly administered hyperbaric treatments overseen by Dr. Safa Maklad, a hyperbaric certified physician. We are committed to upholding stringent hyperbaric safety protocols and ensure the highest standards of care.

The office offers 100% cotton robes to wear during your treatment. During your consultation, we will thoroughly discuss the list of approved and restricted items for the chamber.

It’s best to have a light meal several hours beforehand to avoid nausea. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol within 24 hours of your session.

Staying hydrated beforehand can help your body absorb oxygen more efficiently. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise may also enhance treatment outcomes.

Some people experience increased energy and improved focus after a session. Others might feel tired or have slight muscle aches, which usually resolve within a day or two.

Treatment response varies depending on the condition being treated and individual factors. It’s crucial to follow our recommended treatment plan and discuss any noticeable changes or lack of progress after several sessions.

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