Preparing for Your Treatment

Illnesses & Medication During Therapy

If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

Before Treatment

You should also refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body. Before starting your treatment session, you will change into a 100% cotton garment provided by the center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the chamber. Learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

In the case of prescribed hyperbaric medicine, please do not wear or bring the following items into the chamber:

  • Make-up, nail polish, perfume, aftershave
  • Flammable materials
  • Wigs/hairpieces, hairspray and hair oils
  • Hearing aids
  • Alcohol or petroleum based products
  • Metallic items (such as jewelry, watches, and coins)
  • Ask your hyperbaric chamber technician about contact lens use