Asthma is a chronic disease that causes breathing difficulty. It can develop due to many reasons including hereditary factors, being exposed to pollution or be induced by physical exercise. Childhood asthma in especially bears a brunt on the lives of those affected.
Asthma; what it does to your health
When having an asthma attack, your airway in flames causing difficulty for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. It has the potential of being life threatening. Lack of oxygen can also weaken your body and mind, causing drastic results over the long term.
Nebulizers are usually used to open up airways during asthma attacks but oxygen therapy is used as well as treatment for asthma patients. Oxygen therapy is used especially for patients with life-threatening asthma. Oxygen therapy is also used for many other complications associated with the respiratory system as well. Oxygen therapy should be received after consulting a doctor or an oxygen specialist. Oxygen therapy provides your lungs with extra oxygen cutting out the negative effects that depletion of oxygen supply can have on your body. It is also very useful to have an oxygen concentrator at hand for use during emergency asthma attacks.
Receiving oxygen therapy
Oxygen therapy can be received at home or at a hospital through oxygen concentrators or cylinders. Oxygen concentrators are more convenient for usage than cylinders. Oxygen Solutions provide a perfect collection of oxygen therapy equipment; including a range of oxygen concentrators and portable oxygen concentrators. It is much easier to own your own oxygen concentrator at home rather than traveling to hospital. Things to consider when buying an oxygen concentrator are its oxygen delivery, battery life, compactness, and warranty. To make sure you obtain a quality product it is advisable to purchase it through a trust able source such as Oxygen Solutions. It is also advisable to carry out regular performance checks on your home oxygen concentrator and fix any malfunctioning. Safety precautions such as not leaving your oxygen concentrator close to open fires are also important.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Portable oxygen concentrators are more convenient as they help you still be active and independent while receiving your oxygen treatment. If you suffer from exercise-induced asthma, the portable oxygen concentrator can accompany your walks and jogs. You can even carry it when you travel abroad. Most airlines and cruise ships allow oxygen concentrators abroad.
Benefits of oxygen therapy
Oxygen therapy will help prevent strokes during severe asthma attacks. It can also improve the quality of life, mental alertness, increase stamina and provide a better night’s sleep. So you can be both happier and healthier if you have an oxygen concentrator at home.