Oxygen therapy is the treatment of various conditions using medicinal oxygen. There may be a variety of reasons why you may choose oxygen therapy as a treatment option. Often, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients find oxygen therapy extremely helpful to deal with shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. However, oxygen therapy can help people in other ways. Keep reading to find out how oxygen therapy with Oxygen Solutions can help you!
Primarily, we should inform you that treatment via oxygen therapy requires an oxygen prescription prescribed by a doctor or oxygen specialists. Any of the following persons may be able to issue you an oxygen prescription to help with your conditions; Thoracic physicians, specialist physicians, oncologists, palliative care physicians, or respiratory nurse practitioners can help. For patients in rural and remote areas, a general practitioner or respiratory nurse can prescribe you for oxygen.
The reason why Oxygen Solutions Australia requires an oxygen prescription to issue oxygen solutions is that it concerns medicinal oxygen that requires it to be administered based on your personal requirements.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath can be caused by many conditions. However, in the event that it is caused by lack of oxygen reaching your bloodstream through your lungs, an oxygen solution can be helpful. If you are asthmatic or suffer from some form of lung disease, it’s best to speak to your doctor to find the best solution. Whilst some may suggest a nebuliser to help open up the airways, oxygen therapy may also be required for a certain time period.
If you suffer from a heart condition (such as chronic heart failure), it can be difficult to breathe and can tax your heart even more. Oxygen therapy is one way to help the process by getting oxygen into your lungs and bloodstream. By facilitating your breathing with oxygen therapy (via an oxygen concentrator), it can ease the workload of your heart. Based on your needs, your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy for various times of the day, or throughout the day including sleeping. Your doctor will also prescribe how much oxygen you should receive (based on blood test), and how much oxygen you should receive during various activities on a per minute basis (also known as flow rate).
If you suffer from cluster headaches, oxygen therapy can help with managing the symptoms but not preventing them. Speak to your doctor using oxygen therapy to help with your cluster headaches. For more insight into Cluster Headaches, please visit the Australian Cluster Headaches website.
Many of us suffer from sleeping issues such as sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is defined as the following.
“The most common form of Sleep Apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the walls or muscles of the upper airway (including the tongue, soft palate etc) relax in such a way that they collapse and block the airway during sleep. The subsequent interruption of air supply to the lungs is called an apnea.”- Healthy Sleep
For those who suffer from this, it’s important to get help from a respiratory physician as it can be dangerous if not administered properly. Make sure to find out more information on sleep disorders too!