How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy destroy harmful bacteria (Antimicrobial effect)
HBOT destroys harmful bacteria (Antimicrobial effect)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides direct bactericidal (substance that kills bacteria) and bacteriostatic (hampers the growth of bacteria) effects against bacteria due to the generation of oxygen free radicals. These free radicals are able to damage the membranes and make up of the bacteria rendering them ineffective or killing them. Anaerobic (without oxygen) organisms find an increased oxygen environment toxic and are unable to survive.