Gas Gangrene is a rapidly spreading, yet rare condition that can become life threating if not treated immediately. So what is Gas Gangrene? Gas Gangrene is prompted by a bacterial infection called Clostridium that destroys tissues within the body. This kind of virus thrives on an anaerobic environment and causes toxins to form within the tissue, cells, and blood vessels of a person’s body. A majority of these infections result from open wounds related to surgery or injury when exposed to bacteria. Non-traumatic gas gangrene, which is a rare form of gas gangrene, can develop when blood flow to the bodies tissues are exposed allowing bacteria to slither its way on in. People who have peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, and diabetes mellitus are at a higher risk of contracting this illness gas gangrene.
Symptoms of gas gangrene frequently include the following:
- Air under the skin
- Pain and swelling in the area around the wound
- Pale skin that quickly turns gray, dark red, purple, or black
- blisters with foul odor and discharge
- extreme perspiration (sweating)
- Accelerated heart rate
- Jaundice is a late sign (Yellow skin and eyes)
Here is how Hyperbaric Oxygen helps treat Gas Gangrene
As stated above, since Clostridia are anaerobic, thriving in low-oxygen environments, HBOT is it’s nemesis and saturates the body with 100 percent pure oxygen, and helps stop the production of toxins and bacteria from replicating and spreading throughout the body’s blood and blood plasma, coming to the defense of the body’s tissue. By increasing the the amount of oxygen needed into the blood stream, new blood vessels can develop in the affected areas, therefore, improving the effectiveness of antibiotics and the bodies protective system and immune system response. This level of high oxygen entering our body saturates the blood and promotes the healing of compromised tissue and the regeneration of dead tissue. It’s also necessary to note that the effects of HBOT result only from inhaling 100 percent pure oxygen via a chamber and not by directly applying oxygen to the wound itself.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, and you are recovering from surgery or an injury, please call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.
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