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can i check my oxygen levels at home without any equipment so i don't have to keep going to the hospital every time?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Get Pulse Oximeter: There are simple pulse oximetry that are geared to consumers which fit over your finger and measure oxygen in the blood and are amazingly affordable.

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What is oxygen treatment?

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Put oxygen in nose: Is is giving oxygen to someone who doesn't have the ability to keep the right amount in their blood due to improper exchange from the lungs to the blood.
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Can I just take "hit" of oxygen when I need it?

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No: A 'hit' of oxygen will do nothing for you if in fact your body needs oxygen. Once a condition has caused lung damage or heart damage to the point where supplemental oxygen is needed, then the oxygen is needed more or less all the time. Sometimes there is a temporary need for oxygen, such as with in pneumonia, but this requires oxygen until the infection clears.
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Is it safe to breathe pure oxygen?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Yes and No: Breathing 100% oxygen can be harmful over time. Symptoms may include disorientation, breathing problems, and vision changes. Prolonged high oxygen doses cause damage to cell membranes and can cause seizures. However, sometimes breathing pure oxygen is necessary for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning or in adult respiratory distress syndrome (ards).
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Can you treat Parkinson's with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Who cannot use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
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The following:: Must not - people with a collapsed lung or are using medications that impair wound healing (cisplatin, sulfamylon), affect the lungs (bleomycin) or other (doxorubicin, disulfiram). Might not - those with asthma, claustrophobia, copd, pregnancy, an epidural pain pump, a pacemaker, seizure disorder, upper respiratory infection, high fever, eustachian tube dysfunction, or congenital spherocytosis.

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