Oxygen Therapy

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3. Oxygen Therapy

When you experience a fare-up and go to the hospital for treatment, oxygen therapy is often provided along with medication. Continuous oxygen therapy is also indicated in advanced stages of COPD and is used at home.

Oxygen therapy has been found to be effective in helping the lungs function better, and helping COPD patients stay more active. It may reduce your shortness of breath, improve your energy levels, help you sleep better, and even add years to your life.

A variety of devices are now available, including portable oxygen units that you carry around with you at all times. Generally speaking, oxygen therapy is considered safe, but can increase the risk of fire hazard. Make sure you follow the instructions from the home equipment provider.

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