Are there any side effects with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Yes, there are a few but they are rare. The most common side effect is barotrauma in the ears and sinuses. This means you're unable to clear your ears or sinuses during a treatment and it causes pain. This can be avoided in most cases by using the same techniques you would use to clear your ears on a plane. If you have trouble when you fly, chances are you may experience discomfort with the pressurisation and depressurisation of the chamber. Using an ear plug product called 'ear planes' bought from the chemist should assist.
If you are claustrophobic you may struggle to complete a treatment.
Any other side effects not mentioned are extremely rare, and should be reported to the treating attendants immediately.
Patients are monitored throughout the treatment and if any side effects are experienced you will be brought back to normal atmospheric pressure immediately.