When the lungs are unable to meet the body’s demand for oxygen, oxygen concentration in the blood drops and less oxygen is delivered to the cells and tissues. Because supplemental oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in the blood, using it satisfies the body’s demand for it.
MYTH #1-THE BELIEF THAT THE MORE YOU USE OXYGEN, THE MORE YOU WILL BECOME ADDICTED TO IT.
Addiction to alcohol or addictive drugs, like narcotics, is characterized by compulsive use, craving, loss of control and continued use. Supplemental oxygen is not like a narcotic; using it does not create an increased need for it. Although oxygen saturation may drop when supplemental oxygen is discontinued, it doesn’t mean you’re hooked on it; it only means that you’re unable to get enough oxygen from the air you breathe and you need a higher concentration of oxygen to maintain health and quality of life, and to prevent further complications.
MYTH #2 – OXYGEN ALWAYS RELIEVES SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
Truth – In many instances, supplemental oxygen does relieve shortness of breath; in many cases it doesn’t. This is particularly true of COPD patients who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Persistent inactivity leads to muscle weakness and fatigue and impairs the body’s ability to utilize oxygen. When weak, tired muscles are called upon to perform any type of physical activity, shortness of breath worsens, sometimes to such a degree that supplemental oxygen can’t relieve it. A regular exercise program can interrupt this vicious cycle and is an important part of managing the disease.
MYTH #3 – ALL PEOPLE WITH COPD EVENTUALLY NEED OXYGEN.
Truth – Wrong again! COPD is a progressive disease in and of itself; smoking makes the progression that much faster. As smoking continues, more lung tissue is destroyed, lung function worsens and the risk of needing supplemental oxygen increases. Smoking cessation prevents excessive lung function decline in COPD and in some cases, even normalizes it.
If smoking cessation occurs before lung damage is too extensive, supplemental oxygen may not be necessary, even in the presence of COPD.
Exercise is also an important component of COPD treatment
. Many patients claim that implementing a daily exercise routine decreased their need for supplemental oxygen to such a degree, that they didn’t need it anymore.
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A great method of easing COPD symptoms and mucus build-up is by getting salt therapy
at home with our Portable salt cave inhaler
. Himalayan salt crystals are placed between the porcelain filters of the device. When you inhale, the moisture of the passing air absorbs micron-size salt particles that then pass into your respiratory system.
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Breathe Easy, My Friends!!!