About Oxygen Therapy
What is Oxygen Therapy?
Understanding Oxygen therapy
In order to function properly, our body needs adequate amount of oxygen. In normal circumstances, our lungs absorb oxygen from the air. But in case of certain medical conditions and complications, the body is not able to get even the required amounts of oxygen. Oxygen therapy is a unique treatment that provides the sufficient amount of oxygen that is required by the body for proper functioning.
What is oxygen therapy?
Our respiratory system comprises of airways and lungs. The airways are responsible for carrying oxygen-rich air to the lungs and removing carbon dioxide from the lungs. Air also enters the body through the nose and mouth. It travels through the voice box and goes down the windpipe. The windpipe divides into two tubes called bronchi, which are further divided into thousands of smaller, thinner tubes called bronchioles. These tubes have tiny, round air sacs called alveoli. When air reaches the air sacs, the oxygen that is present in the air passes through the air sac walls and enters the blood present in the capillaries-the tiny blood vessels that cover the air sacs.
This oxygen rich blood goes to the heart and the heart then pumps the oxygen rich blood to various organs in the body. Certain medical conditions, such as severe pneumonia, asthma, and COPD prevent oxygen from reaching the blood through the alveoli.
Oxygen therapy is a treatment in which a person is provided with extra oxygen. Oxygen is provided with the help of nasal prongs, a breathing tube or a mask. Usually, people who suffer from severe asthma, severe pneumonia, and respiratory disease syndrome or chronic diseases and infections are prescribed oxygen therapy. Doctors conduct arterial blood gas test and a pulse oximetry test to decide how much oxygen a person should be given during the oxygen therapy.
Who needs oxygen therapy?
People who suffer from the following acute and chronic health problems may need oxygen therapy
- Severe pneumonia
- Severe asthma
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD
- Late stage heart failure
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sleep apnea
Who is the best candidate?
Oxygen therapy can cause certain complications and side-effects, such as Dry or bloody nose Skin irritation Fatigue Headaches Nausea Fire risk due to use of oxygen at home or office If you experience any of the above problems, inform your health care provider. He would change the oxygen flow rate and time to treat the above complications and you may be able to enjoy the health benefits of oxygen therapy.
What is the Cost?
The cost of oxygen therapy would depend on many factors, such as the cost of oxygen in the area in which you are living, the cost of other equipment that you may need like concentrator, back up cylinder, traveller’s kit, delivery fees and supply cost and the fee charged by the health care provider. The amount of oxygen that you need would also determine the cost of the oxygen therapy. To get the exact price quote talk to your doctor. Cost could vary anywhere form $110-4250 per one hour. Choose a qualified and trained doctor to get oxygen therapy and follow the instructions regarding the use of oxygen therapy equipment to avoid any potential risk.