The Patient's Guide to Oxygen Therapy

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Receiving a respiratory disease diagnosis can be life-changing. These conditions are common and often debilitating to those who suffer from them. Fortunately, oxygen therapy is an effective treatment option that can help control the symptoms of respiratory illness.

Continue reading to learn more about oxygen therapy, including how it works, who may benefit from it, and best practices for treatment.
Oxygen Therapy Guidelines

In order to make the most of your oxygen therapy and stay safe during treatment:  

  • Keep away from open flames
  • Keep your liter flow at the prescribed level
  • Clean your oxygen tubing with a damp cloth regularly, and replace as needed 
  • Clean your concentrator filter weekly, if applicable
  • Check your concentrator alarm weekly
    TIP: Turn it off, then back on to listen for alarm
  • Do not smoke while using oxygen
 
The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is not just about treating your respiratory condition. Providing your body with the oxygen it needs can help you become a happier, healthier person. Here are some of the added benefits of oxygen therapy:

  • Breathe easier — When you follow your treatment, it can reduce feelings of breathlessness throughout the day.
  • More active — Whether it is exercising or just getting out of the house to run errands, oxygen therapy may help you return to doing the things you enjoy.
  • Increased energy — Fatigue is one of the common symptoms of low oxygen levels. When your body receives more oxygen, it can circulate it throughout your body and may increase your energy levels.
  • Better sleep — If you have low oxygen levels, you may experience difficulty sleeping. Your practitioner may also recommend sleep therapy or supplemental oxygen during the night, depending on your condition. 
 
Conclusion:
If you have a respiratory condition that disrupts your life, oxygen therapy may help you reclaim a sense of normalcy. With a variety of devices available that you can use at home or in a medical facility, you can find a treatment plan to fit your needs. Rather than letting your condition limit your daily activities, talk to your practitioner or clinical team about your options. The solution to regaining your healthcare-related quality of life could be just a conversation away.
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