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Black mold infections

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Black Mold Infections

Black Mold is a fungal infestation that has become as notorious as a mycotoxin producer that can cause human mycotoxicosis. Stachybotrys chartarum is a species of mold that is extremely toxic to humans. It is often called black toxic mold or black mold.

The main symptoms from black toxic mold include problems with mental cognition, breathing, vision, internal organs, pain and/or discomfort. Since black toxic mold attacks and damages the immune system, this can lead to a wide range of symptoms. Severity of symptoms depends on the amount of mycotoxins in the environment and the length of exposure.
People who have weaker immune systems and autoimmune problems will be more affected by black toxic mold. Similarly, infants, children, elderly and people with chronic illnesses will usually have more severe symptoms. For a full list of symptoms please see page 2.
As a natural antibiotic, oxygen under pressure reduces and even eliminates fungal, bacterial and viral activity while concurrently strengthening the body and the body’s immune system.

Hyperbaric oxygen is effective as a primary therapy in reducing the neurotoxic effect of black mold and boosting the immune system response. Oxygen effect on improved microcirulation and toxin elimination in combination with antibiotics and antifungal medications will increases the penetration of antimicrobials to the infected tissues while reducing the negative side effects of antibiotics.

Benefits of HBO in infections:

  • OXYGEN IS NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC. Its effect increases with pressure
  • HBO oxygenates all tissues and fights bacterial, viral and fungal infections
  • HBO works well with antifungal medications increasing their potency and decreasing their side effects
  • HBO increases the function of all organs resulting to improved immune system and elimination of symptoms
  • HBO initiates release of stem cells up to 900% the normal amount which acts as a potent and long term anti-inflammatory agent
  • HBO initiates brain neo-vascularization important in improved brain activity and elimination of neurological symptoms
  • HBO decreases inflammation by clearing lactic acid and other inflammatory chemicals
  • Prophylactic HBO therapy restores the microcirculation and boosts the immune system therefore enabling the body to fight off future infections.

Treatment protocol:

Hyperbaric oxygen sessions are 90 minutes long at treatment depth of up to 2.4 ATA of pure oxygen. Number of sessions needed depends on the severity of the condition, and can be determined upon assessment by hyperbaric medicine professional. An average of 20 to 60 sessions is usually required to clear symptoms.

At BaroMedical, the screening of the clients and the progress of therapy are monitored with the most advanced equipment: laser Doppler blood flow, tissue oxygen monitor and digital camera.

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