People can use oxygen therapy from lower dose, or non-medical grade oxygen concentrators, if they want to improve their health with extra oxygen. Those who need medical grade oxygen because of a medical issue that has been diagnosed by a pulmonary specialist, will of course, need to use a higher dose of oxygen. Medical grade oxygen must always be treated like any other kind of prescribed medication.
If you're having an increased difficulty breathing for longer than a month at a time, you might want to see your doctor to see what's going on. You might have a medical condition that needs to be treated with medications, including oxygen therapy.
You will need to be properly tested and diagnosed by a pulmonary specialist, to get a prescription for oxygen therapy. When you have a prescription, you can then purchase a medical grade oxygen concentrator, like the ones we sell here at American Medical.
Here are four of the main types of chronic diseases that often require long term use of oxygen therapy:
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis, the two of which are classified as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Chronic bronchitis causes the airways to restrict and become inflamed. Emphysema is characterized by the damage done to the tiny air sacks in the lungs, which work to transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide to or from the blood stream. Even though they are two different diseases, they are both classified as COPD, and are both often caused by years of smoking.
Lung cancer can make it more difficult to breathe, making it hard for your lungs to bring in enough oxygen to the rest of the body. Oxygen therapy is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms caused by lung cancer, but won't treat the lung cancer itself. It will help to make breathing more comfortable, and make you feel better overall, because you are again receiving enough oxygen.
Pulmonary fibrosis is characterized by scar tissue forming in the lungs, which makes it harder to breathe, therefore causing the oxygen levels in your bloodstream to drop, also know as hypoxemia. When this happens, you can be more lethargic and your vital organs begin to suffer. Oxygen therapy will help bring blood oxygen levels back to normal.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic glandular disease that can cause the lungs to produce excessive amounts of mucus, making it harder to breathe and bring in enough oxygen. Higher concentrations of oxygen breathed in will help to keep the body healthy and make breathing a little more comfortable.
How You Can Benefit From Oxygen Therapy
Your brain uses about 20% of the total oxygen you breathe in. Naturally, you can enjoy much better brain function after using oxygen therapy. You'll be able to remember things better and think more clearly. You also be able to sleep better, without waking up during the night with shortness of breath or discomfort. You'll have more energy, so you'll be able to get things done and stay active. Your whole body needs oxygen, so you'll be able to tell a difference in your overall healthy, not just in how well you can breathe.