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Oxygen Therapy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen therapy is the delivery of extra oxygen to the lungs. It is done to increase the level of available oxygen in your body.

Lung Respiration
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Oxygen therapy is needed when you cannot get enough oxygen into your body from breathing air normally. It is most often needed because of a health condition or injury. Some common reasons that people need oxygen therapy include:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Other long term lung conditions

Possible Complications

Oxygen therapy is very safe, but there is a risk of explosion. It is important to keep the oxygen supply away from open flames. Also, you should not smoke. No one else should smoke around you while you are having oxygen therapy.

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain
  • Gray/blue tint around eyes, lips, and gums
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite

In case of emergency, CALL 911.