Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals in the United States are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Many of those afflicted will be prescribed oxygen as a treatment. Studies have shown that adults with chronic lung disease who receive long-term oxygen have improved quality of life and live longer than those not receiving oxygen therapy.
What is Oxygen Therapy?
Oxygen therapy is usually delivered as a gas via an oxygen source such as a cylinder or oxygen concentrator. The oxygen is breathed by the patient through a nasal cannula (nasal prongs) or through a mask that covers the mouth and nose. A nasal cannula is a two-pronged device inserted in the nostrils and is connected to the tubing carrying the oxygen. The tubing can rest on the ears or be attached to eyeglass frames.
Once your physician has made the determination that you should receive oxygen, he or she will test you to find the right amount of oxygen for your requirements. Oxygen therapy is prescribed to increase the level of oxygen in the blood and is based on the fact that all human cells, tissue and organs need oxygen to function properly. The lack of oxygen on the cellular level can lead to a vast array of maladies. The human body is receiving oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide constantly. When this vital process is interrupted, oxygen in the blood decreases, often requiring supplemental oxygen supply.
Long Term or Short Term Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen therapy is prescribed for patients one of two ways; short-term or long-term. Short-term oxygen therapy is for people who are recovering from acute lung disorders (such as pneumonia) that cause consistently low oxygen levels. Some people need oxygen only when they exert themselves physically. Individuals with chronic lung disease who require long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) often find that long-term oxygen use reduces strain on the heart, increasing survival rates.
What Oxygen Therapy Does For You
Receiving home oxygen therapy offers a number of substantial benefits for patients. For instance, sleep disruption due to low oxygen levels will be reduced by using supplemental oxygen. Oxygen therapy has also been known to help improve concentration and memory. Those suffering from oxygen starvation often feel weak and listless. Receiving oxygen increases energy levels and provides an overall feeling of well being. Clinicians often recommend a combination of supplemental oxygen and regular exercise to improve patient’s quality of life.
Additional Benefits of Oxygen Therapy:
- Headache relief
- Increased clarity
- Boosts immune system
- Relieves nausea
- Can prevent heart failure in people with severe lung disease
- Allows the bodies organs to carry out normal functions
Long-Term Benefits of Oxygen Therapy:
- Prolongs life by reducing heart strain
- Decreases shortness of breath
- Makes exercise more tolerable
- Results in fewer days of hospitalization
Some individuals fear oxygen therapy because they feel they may become permanently sedentary and lose their independence. In fact, most people discover that oxygen therapy actually improves their energy level and that today’s innovative portable oxygen concentrators allow for increased mobility and independence. In fact, some portable oxygen concentrators like the Inogen One and the SeQual Eclipse have been approved by the FAA for airline travel.
Oxygen therapy can help you to live longer and enjoy life more fully. If you have COPD symptoms, talk to your doctor and see if an oxygen concentrator is the right solution for you.
Once you have a prescription for oxygen therapy, fax it to at the OscarAir office fax: 1-843-795-5892 and click "Free Consultation" in the menu at the top to apply for a free consultation. The Oxygen Concentrator Team at OscarAir, Inc. will help you obtain an oxygen concentrator at the lowest possible cost to you.