Oxygen therapy is a medical treatment. It must be prescribed by a doctor. For people with COPD, oxygen therapy can be a helpful part of their treatment plan.
The lungs work by bringing in the “good air” and getting rid of the “bad air.” You breathe in oxygen (O2) and it is passed into your blood through the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. From there it goes to every part of your body. When your tissues and muscles use oxygen, carbon dioxide (CO2) is made. It’s important to get rid of CO2, the waste product of breathing. Carbon dioxide goes through your blood and back to the lungs. You breathe out carbon dioxide.
Not everybody with COPD has a problem with getting enough oxygen into their blood and getting rid of enough carbon dioxide. If your type of COPD causes this, over time, your body becomes stressed and unhealthy.
Oxygen therapy can help! In fact, getting oxygen can prevent all those bad effects that happen when blood oxygen levels drop. Oxygen can reduce the strain on your heart. Oxygen can reduce shortness of breath. It will help you to stay more active and exercise longer and harder. It will help you think and remember better. And it will help you sleep better. Oxygen therapy CAN make a big difference in how you feel.
The prescription your doctor writes will include:
If you need oxygen for rest, exercise and/or sleep, and how much in liters per minute (lpm) for each activity.
How many hours a day oxygen should be used.
What type of oxygen system you should use.
To learn more about Oxygen Therapy, check the details with Longfian.