Living with Oxygen

Read up on wellness and lifestyle advice for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Stay up to date on new medications, easy-to-follow special nutrition advice, and upcoming events. We want to help you be the healthiest you possible while living with COPD.
  • March is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Month – How Oxygen Therapy Can Help

    Having Chronic Fatigue syndrome means being excessively tired for more than 6 months at a time, and having to deal with pain such as joint pains and headaches. Imagine not being able to get through a whole day of work or school because you simple can't keep your eyes open, not matter how much sleep you get each night. It's like having a severe case of the flu that never ends, or never getting any sleep for two or three nights in a row.

    If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you don't have to imagine this, but you are looking for a way to get through a regular day. Besides the medications that you might have to take, you can most likely benefit from one hour of oxygen therapy each day. Talk to your doctor to see if he or she thinks you should give oxygen therapy a try.

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  • All About Spring Allergies and Ways to Prevent Them

    With spring on its way and cold and flu season on its way out, you might still have plenty to deal with in preventing breathing problems. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 36 million people in the United States suffer with hay fever – AKA allergic rhinitis – which can put a major damper on the onset of nice weather. We might be looking forward to more sun and the blooming of the trees and flowers, but must we suffer along with it?

    If you have COPD or another chronic lung condition, allergy season can actually be dangerous for you if you them. The symptoms of allergies can send you into an exacerbation, caused by drainage from your sinuses down into your lungs. Extra mucus and inflammation occurs, and your doctor may find it necessary to increase the dosage on your medication or prescribed oxygen.

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  • How Oxygen Can Repair Brain Damage

    We already know how important oxygen is to your whole body, but just how important is it? It's a fact that your brain only accounts for 3% of your body mass, but it uses about 20% of the oxygen you bring through your bloodstream. It needs to be able to do many things, so naturally, it needs plenty of oxygen. It's very appropriate to call oxygen “brain fuel”.

    When you are focusing on something, such as work or activities like reading or driving, your brain uses even more oxygen at one time. It makes you want to breathe much deeper – maybe it will help you figure out your budget for the coming month?

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  • Healthy Ways to Make Your House Smell Good Without Pollutants

    Maybe you've just gone to the store for something to freshen up the air in your home. Keeping windows closed over the winter can make a house start to smell a little musty or stale, so naturally you want to make it smell better for guests, as well as your own pleasure.

    You may have picked up some scented candles, which are perfectly safe as long as you keep them away from flammable materials, right? Unfortunately, most candles aren't as safe as you think. Scented sprays contain chemicals that can irritate your lungs and even cause exacerbations in people with COPD or other chronic lung diseases.

    People who do not have chronic lung diseases shouldn't be breathing the things in most home air fresheners, and they aren't good for the environment in general. Luckily, there are other things you can use as healthy alternatives to common home air fresheners.

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  • Things to Start During National Heart Month

    February is National Heart Month, and as you know, whatever happens to your lungs has a long term and short term effect on your ticker. All of the systems in your body work together (the endocrine system, immune system, nervous system, etc.) and all depend on each other to keep your body working and balanced, but your heart depends on your lungs to bring in the oxygen – a very important job. If your lungs aren't doing their job, everything else starts to suffer very quickly.

    During National Heart Month, the American Heart Association works to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's the leading cause of death or all types of cancer.

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  • Why Your Beauty Routine Might be Hurting Your Lungs

    You want to look good, of course. When you're happy with your appearance, it can boost your mood and make you feel good in general. As we know, things that seem good sometimes have hidden dangers and pit falls. Sometimes these problems don't outweigh the good effects, and it's just a matter of how much we want to subject ourselves to.

    If you have sensitive lungs, allergies or a chronic lung disease, however, there are a few things that you probably wouldn't want to use at all. If you still want to use them, there are some things you can do to limit your exposure, and some alternatives to your favorite products.

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  • Why Does My Doctor Say I Need Oxygen Therapy?

    Like any other prescription from your doctor, oxygen has been deemed necessary and is considered a medicine that you need to be taking to keep your body healthy. Your doctor has found out that the oxygen levels in your blood are much lower than they should be, either when you are at rest or moving and doing things.

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