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Oxygen Therapy (Overview)

Some people with damaged lungs or damaged hearts cannot extract enough oxygen from normal air, so they need extra oxygen delivered through a mask or nasal cannulas. This is called oxygen therapy.


Oxygen Therapy (Overview)

Some people with damaged lungs or damaged hearts cannot extract enough oxygen from normal air, so they need extra oxygen delivered through a mask or nasal cannulas. This is called oxygen therapy.


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How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

O2: Affects the body by increasing the delivery of o2 to the tissues that need it. This is only effective when there is o2 deprivation state as in hypoxemia of many causes or sepsis or in some poisoning to reverse the occupation of the poison on the hemoglobin so o2 can be carried and delivered. It can kill anaerobic bacteria. In other cases, it is all without proof of need. O2 is kreb's cycle. ...Read more

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How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

How can  oxygen therapy affect the body system?

Helps it: If you need oxygen (i.e., your levels are low), then oxygen therapy is very good for the body. But, if your oxygen levels are already normal, then oxygen will likely not do anything. It may, in fact, be harmful. And...It is very expensive. ...Read more

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Do you have any opinoions or data on oxygen therapy?

Do you have any opinoions or data on oxygen therapy?

Prolongs life: In people who qualify for oxygen after a work up and deem to need oxygen, from COPD or other lung problems, it is the only medicine or treatment to prolong life. All the other treatments like steroids and bronchodilators are there improve the quality of life but don't prolong life. ...Read more

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How important is oxygen therapy to the bodys well-being?

How important is oxygen therapy to the bodys well-being?

O2: Oxygen is a necessary ingredient to sustain life. Oxygen is taken up by the red blood cells and the cells in the body utilize this oxygen for energy production. So oxygen therapy becomes extremely important whenever there is need. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: oxygen therapy?

Supplemental Oxygen: Some people with damaged lungs or damaged hearts cannot extract enough oxygen from normal air, so they need extra oxygen delivered through a mask or nasal cannulas. This is called oxygen therapy. ...Read more

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What is the benefits of oxygen therapy for c.P. Children ?

What is the benefits of oxygen therapy for c.P. Children ?

No research support: So far, I have not found research that supports the glowing testimonials I have read about use of hbo for cerebral palsy. *** hyperbaric oxygen for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised multicentre trial. Hbo-cp research group. Collet jp, vanasse m, marois p, amar m, goldberg j, lambert j, lassonde m, hardy p, fortin j, tremblay sd, montgomery d, lacroix j, robinson a, majnemer a. >>>. ...Read more

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Is there a significant fire hazard to doing oxygen therapy?

Yes: Yes absolutely! oxygen can be very hazardous especially to those who smoke and use a lit flame anywhere near a stream of flowing pure oxygen. I personally have seen patients that have failed to heed warnings and be burned very seriously by this. ...Read more

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My o2 sats went down to 81 percent. Will I have to go on oxygen therapy?

My o2 sats went down to 81 percent. Will I have to go on oxygen therapy?

Depends: What is your underlying problem? Did you check whether pulse oximetry is registering your o2 correctly? Generally if your o2sats are below 85% you will qualify for oxygen per medicare guidelines. Please go to your doctor get checked. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

Oxygen as a drug: Mostly related to delivery through nose including dryness/bloody noses. This can create free radicals so it can contribute to negative changes to the airway itself. ...Read more

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What benefits should I expect from oxygen therapy for stroke?

What benefits should I expect from oxygen therapy for stroke?

Hyperbarics: I assume you are referring to hyperbaric treatment. Some studies have shown that the high concentrations of oxygen that can only be achieved with hyperbarics can stimulate healing and regeneration after damage occurs to the nervous system. Some people have found improved cognition and improved functioning, and even some insurances are paying for this now. It's worth looking into.... ...Read more

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What is oxygen therapy and why is it used in treating diving accidents?

Oxygen for diving: Hyperbaric oxygen is used to "displace" nitrogen that accumulates in the blood during dives where you breath compressed air. Nitrogen is less readily dissolved in your blood, and can "bubble up" (open a bottle of soda or beer, and the co2 bubbles up- "carbonation"). Nitrogen bubbles in the blood cause "the bends" (e.g. Pe painful joint involvement, or serious brain involvement causing a stroke). ...Read more

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Hey docs, should my daughter have oxygen therapy for 75-77% oxygen sats?

Probably but...: You daughter needs o2 therapy depending upon the diagnosis.This is a question for the attending doctors.For example there are some congenital heart conditions where low o2 saturations aare the normal state of affairs. ...Read more

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Why would you use oxygen therapy in stroke?

See below: Oxygen therapy specifically to treat a stroke is not effective. The only reason to use oxygen therapy in the setting of a stroke is for a person with underlying lung or heart disease who is not absorbing enough oxygen in their blood. We can detect this with a device called a pulse oximeter. ...Read more

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Does oxygen therapy for cancer actually works ?

Does oxygen therapy for cancer actually works ?

No it doesnot: Oxygen therapies as unproven alternatives promoted as cures for cancer offered at clinics in mexico, the United States, and europe. Available scientific evidence does not support claims that oxygen therapies can cure cancer in humans. Visit: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/pharmacologicalandbiologicaltreatment/oxygen-therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is oxygen therapy for treating croup?

How effective is oxygen therapy for treating croup?

Cold mist helps: Croup it is caused by different kind of viruses. The symptoms varie from hoarse voice to a more severe form with fever and stridor, an inspiratory noise due to the swelling of the airway. Cold mist(with or without oxygen) can help, but for the more severe cases children might require racemic epinephrine nebulization and steroids. ...Read more

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How can I start oxygen therapy with hydrogen peroxide now?

Huh?: Oxygen is the air that we breath. Hydrogen peroxide the is that strong base or liquid used to clean wounds. ...Read more

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Can there be differences between hydrogen peroxide therapy and oxygen therapy?

Like Grand Canyon: Oxygen therapy is simply providing oxygen to a person who needs it due to oxygen need as during asthma, or COPD exacerbation or anyone who has low oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide is that liquid you use to clean wound and bubbles white stuff on the wound. ...Read more

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Could hyberbaric oxygen therapy help fix my brain?

There are some: specific indications for hyperbaric oxygen. There are clinics that give HBOT for conditions for which there is no good backing research. Please let us know what your condition is and will try to provide you with an accurate answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more