If you, or someone you know, has severe COPD or another chronic lung disease that results in low blood oxygen levels, you may be a candidate for oxygen therapy. We’ve put together some common questions and answers to give you more information on how oxygen therapy could be beneficial to your health and well-being.
What is oxygen treatment?
Oxygen treatment helps to increase the amount of oxygen that flows into your lungs and bloodstream – If you have severe COPD or if your blood oxygen level is low, your doctor may prescribe oxygen treatment to help you breathe better.
How does oxygen treatment work?
Oxygen can be delivered into your body in several ways including oxygen concentrators, oxygen-gas cylinders and liquid-oxygen devices. All of these options are portable and can be delivered during the course of your normal day. There is no need to be confined to a hospital or your home in order to receive treatment.
Are there any risks associated with oxygen therapy?
Generally, there is little to no risk associated with oxygen therapy if you follow the instructions provided by your doctor. However, oxygen is a fire hazard so it is extremely important to follow safety instructions and avoid smoking, open flame or anything that is or may be flammable.
Is oxygen therapy right for me?
The best way to determine if oxygen therapy is right for you is to talk with your doctor – He or she will be able to run several tests to determine if or when your blood oxygen levels drop and help you choose the best delivery method for your lifestyle. Some COPD patients may need oxygen therapy for many hours a day, while others may only need it during exercise, sleep or travel.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of oxygen therapy for COPD patients, talk with your doctor right away.