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Should I Wear My Oxygen In The Shower
NO O2 tank OK conc.: The faa does not allow travelers to carry their own oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen aboard commercial aircraft. Instead, most patients can use a department of transportation approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator. Airlines landing in the United States are now required to allow use of these devices throughout the flight. ...Read more
Hypoxic drive: In most patients with advanced chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic hypoxia (low oxygen levels) stimulates their drive to breathe at a faster rate to provide enough oxygen (o2) to the body. Giving supplemental o2 takes away this hypoxic drive that maintains their minute ventilation, thereby risking them going into respiratory failure, especially if their disease is advanced & they have bad pft. ...Read more
Not usually: COPD is a problem with the ability of the lungs to expel air, which causes poor oxygenation. People with COPD are often treated with oxygen; however, if supplemental oxygen levels are too high it can cut off a person's ability to trigger their own breathing mechanism. If the disease is severe you actually may not be able to survive without the use of oxygen. ...Read more
Why is oxygen supplementation not suppose to be dialed up higher, with an obstructive lung disease patient?
Can stop breathing: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in response to low oxygen in their bloodstreams. If they are given too much oxygen, their systems think that they don't need to breathe and they can actually breathe less or stop breathing. This is a rare problem. Oxygen helps most emphysema patients. ...Read more
If the oxygen finger sensor showers good oxygen level. Does that mean your getting good oxygen to you brain as well?
YES: As long as the blood vessel to the brain are not blocked. T is a good measure of oxygenation to the whole body. I. ...Read more
All-cotton (100%)!: Cotton, being a natural fiber, is probably the most well-studied in the hyperbaric chamber. Compared to silk and synthetic fibers (which engender static electricity), cotton is considered the safest fiber in a _pressurized_ chamber containing 100% oxygen, waiting for a spark or heat to explode. We use special 100% cotton scrubs and static-free detergent for use in our chambers. ...Read more
If you wear a nose tube with oxygen when asleep, could this cause dry or sore throat? Can it cause dry mouth?
Yes, yes on both: Usually there is a water moisturizer along with the oxygen in the machine that you can turn on. If there isn't, ask for one that does. You do not want dry mouth because this condition can cause rampant tooth decay. Some medications will cause dry mouth. If this happens, ask your physician or dentist to prescribe biotene mouth rinse and saliva replacement. You must meticulously clean your teeth. ...Read more
Yes: See your dentist to check the fit of the denture. Best not to use the adhesive. The o2 will not harm it. ...Read more
Normal room air is 21% oxygen. That will not hurt you. Diving with 100% oxygen can cause some respiratory problems. Prematures on extra oxygen can develop serious eye problems. Hyperbaric oxygen, for a long time (maybe 12 hrs or more) can hurt you.
Most of these situations will not kill you.
Also severe fires are accelerated by excess oxygen, so smoking on oxygen has killed people. ...Read more
Oxygen toxicity: Hyperoxia likely exists whenever oxygen tension exceeds 21% of atmospheric pressure. It appears to produce cellular injury through increased production of reactive oxygen species, such as hydrogen peroxide, superoxide anion, and hydroxyl radical. Oxygen toxicity refers most commonly to resulting tracheobronchial injury and damage to the tissue of the lungs. ...Read more
2liter a volume, not: A dosage. Dosage=a quantity per unit time. 2 Liters/min oxygen flow by nasal cannula is a commonly used adjunctive oxygen flow for people with lung ventilation/perfusion problems: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Ventilation/perfusion_ratio. What counts is oxygen saturation of hemoglobin as percentage, not dosage. Too much oxygen, esp. Over days/weeks, is also toxic; yet uncommon without intubation. ...Read more
Many symptoms: If your oxygen level is very, very low, a person passes out and loses consciousness. But in less severe circumstances, a person might feel dizzy or short of breath. One might experience unusual fatigue - exhaustion with normally easy activity. The heart rate and breathing rate speed up to compensate for the lower level of oxygen. A person might feel "air hunger." get checked if any of this applies. ...Read more
A little low: Assuming you mean a "pulse ox" result, than 91% means that your are getting 91% oxygen saturation at the tips of your fingers. Normal is 97-100%. As a gauge, medicare guidelines will pay for oxygen if under 88%. If you have asthma or copd, this may be baseline for you? Check with your dr and follow up if your pule ox remains in the low 90's as you want to assure this is followed up on. ...Read more
Depends: What are your saturations? You should keep them around/above 90% then you are getting just enough and not too much. I strongly recommend investing in a pulse oximeter, as medicare does not pay for oxygen at night and as needed as we used to prescribe before. Now the only way you can get oxygen is if you get a prescription for 24/7. ...Read more
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