Traveling with Oxygen

Everything you need to know about traveling with oxygen. Read up on advice about traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, as well as ways to make it even easier and more convenient. Get suggestions for where to go, and the best things to see on your travel adventures and read stories for inspiration about how you can stay active while getting the oxygen therapy you need.
  • How Home Oxygen Concentrators Help Prevent Mountain Sickness

    Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is still somewhat of a mystery to medical experts, but what they do know undeniably, is that it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. If you are planning a trip to a ski resort high in the mountains, or any other location that has an altitude about 6,000 feet above sea level, AMS can be a threat.

    There are a few different ways to prevent AMS is the first place, and everyone is different in how going to a high altitude affects them. One person might get it mildly while another gets violently ill. It can be especially dangerous to those with a chronic lung disease.

    Using a home oxygen concentrator might be the best way to prevent mountain sickness since it allows more oxygen to get into the blood stream. You might want to talk to your doctor about doing this, well before your trip to the mountains.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting the Grand Canyon with Oxygen

    There are few sights on earth more breathtaking than the Grand Canyon. No one should have to miss out on it, even if you need to use oxygen therapy every day. There are several different options for getting oxygen therapy on the go, including portable oxygen concentrators. Needing to use oxygen therapy everyday hasn't stop our friend Maryann from fully enjoying one of her favorite places in the world.

    "I was diagnosed with COPD a few years ago, and my doctor said that I need regular oxygen therapy. I got very depressed because I thought I wouldn't be able to travel anymore. When I pictured an oxygen machine, I pictured a big machine next to my bed that I would be trapped by for hours every day.

    I looked at my options and decided to try to get a portable oxygen concentrator since you can use it on an airplane, and I didn't want to have to mess with getting tanks refilled. It just seemed like the easier way to go. I'm really glad I made that decision. I love my Equinox!"

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  • Top 10 U.S. Summer Destinations for Seniors in 2015

    Getting out and seeing new a place is a great thing to do no matter how old you are. As we get older, we can find ourselves needing different kinds of fun, whether it's laid back and indoors, or more exciting in the outdoors. Seeing the sights and going to the places you've always wanted to go are important, because you only live once.

    If you want to travel but you're not sure where to go, we've compiled the top 10 U.S. Travel destinations for seniors. These locations are widely varied to cater to many different tastes, and you won't break the bank paying for these trips! Life is meant to be enjoyed, and the world is meant to be explored.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Branson, Missouri on Oxygen Therapy

    Branson is a great family destination for people with different tastes and styles, with a bit of a wild west twist. This town is located south of Springfield Missouri, close to the Arkansas border. It's location makes it more interesting because it's also not far from Kansas and Oklahoma.

    Branson can be a very exciting place, and you have a wonderful guide to the place, who knows it very well. Ken is a happy user of a portable oxygen concentrator to help treat his emphysema, and he has lived in Branson for most of his life.

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  • High Altitude Hiking – How Oxygen Therapy Will Help Reach the Summit

    The higher you travel above sea level, the thinner the air gets, and this can become a big problem for some people. If you want to do some high altitude hiking with your friends, there are some precautions you will need to take, especially if you have a lung or heart condition.

    Those with COPD, asthma, congestive heart failure and other heart problems would definitely benefit from the use of portable oxygen therapy, if you are going up into high altitudes. Also, if you are not used to being in higher altitudes, and you travel higher too quickly, you can suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness.

    Mild altitude sickness is very common in people who have a healthy heart and lungs. Even experts cannot always predict who will get it and who won't, but if you have a condition that prevents you from getting enough oxygen into your bloodstream, even at sea level, you will definitely have a hard time.

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  • The Lifechoice Activox 4L and a Comfortable Oxygen Therapy Experience

    Whether you're new to oxygen therapy, or if you've been using medical oxygen for many years, you have likely experienced one major problem – the discomfort that follows a flow of air being pushed in your airways. This discomfort is described as being a light irritation in the back of the throat, or a dry feeling in the nasal passages, going down into the throat.

    Thankfully, there have been innovations in oxygen therapy to fix this problem. The newest unit with two great comfort features known "Auto Mode" and "PULSE WAVE" technology is the Lifechoice Activox 4L mobile concentrator.

    They both work together to make sure the oxygen you're getting isn't just getting pushed into your airways before you're ready for it. The main cause of airway dryness and discomfort is too much air being delivered at once, and often not exactly when it is needed.

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  • Winter Driving Safety Tips for Those With COPD

    Winter can be a dangerous time for everyone. If you hit a patch of ice and slide off the road, or if your car breaks down, things can quickly get perilous because of the cold temperatures.

    For those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, it can be even more dangerous. However, there are some precautions you can take for winter driving safety.

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  • Airline Guidelines for Flying with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    It's important that you are able to use your portable oxygen concentrator wherever you go and all models are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for use on a commercial flight to or from the United States.

    However, you will still need to do some planning ahead to make sure you don't run into any issues on your flight. Even though a portable oxygen concentrator is already FAA approved all airlines have a few requirements you will need to meet before your flight.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Las Vegas While on Oxygen

    Have you been wanted to go to Las Vegas, but you don't think you can because you need to use oxygen therapy? It's definitely possible, and you shouldn't let that hold you back from going to the places you want to go. Maybe you've heard your friends talking about it and it sounds like a lot of fun. It's not just all about gambling either. There is a big variety of things to do and see for anyone in your family, from the youngest to the oldest.

    If you have to go using oxygen therapy and you're not sure what to do or what to expect in Las Vegas, you can take the word on that from oxygen therapy patient and Las Vegas native Jaime Q. She's been using oxygen therapy for going on 4 years, and has a lot to say about her home city. Jaime is one of the best people to talk to about anything having to do with using a portable oxygen concentrator while seeing what there is to see in this city.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Southern California on Oxygen Therapy

    Having a portable oxygen concentrator opens up so many travel opportunities, that you can go virtually anywhere. One of the most exciting and diverse places you can go is the whole southern part of the great state of California. Short of taking a dip in the ocean, your portable oxygen concentrator will give you the freedom to explore.

    Southern California is so big with so many different places, how do you even see all the things that it has to offer? You get someone who is familiar with the area to tell you about the best of the best and the things that you just have to see first. That someone today, is Janine F., a native of Carlsbad, a city on the coast. Janine has also been using oxygen therapy for a little over 5 years.

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