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Using Oxygen Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Living with pulmonary fibrosis made easier with oxygen therapy

Despite being on a number of medications and engaging in rehabilitative therapy for your pulmonary fibrosis, you’re still experiencing symptoms that are making it hard for you to enjoy your life. Have you ever considered the benefits of using oxygen therapy for better sleep, more energy, and improved health?

Pulmonary Fibrosis and Oxygen Deprivation

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that results in your normal healthy lung tissue being slowly replaced by scar tissue. In normal healthy lungs, the oxygen that you breathe in finds its way into the bloodstream, where it’s transported throughout the body.

Unfortunately, scar tissue, which is thick and stiff, isn’t able to help the lungs exchange oxygen very well. The consequence is your body and every cell that relies on oxygen to function is less able to get the oxygen it needs to be healthy and strong.

Symptoms of Oxygen Deprivation

The consequences of not getting enough oxygen can be serious:

  • Shortness of breath, especially when engaging in any type of activity
  • Chronic coughing
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Difficulty sleeping

You may be tempted to use over-the-counter aids to reduce your symptoms, such as using caffeine pills or cough suppressants, but there is a more effective option.

Oxygen Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis

In addition to medications and rehabilitative therapy, oxygen therapy can be an excellent treatment option for those suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. By using supplemental oxygen, you can raise the low levels of oxygen in your blood by increasing your body’s access to pure oxygen via an oxygen concentrator or a portable oxygen concentrator.

Although oxygen therapy won’t cure your pulmonary fibrosis, it can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your health. Remember, your body needs oxygen to function properly, and it will have a difficult time obtaining the oxygen it needs due to the scar tissue in your lungs. By using oxygen therapy, you’ll get a better sleep, have more energy, and protect the function of your heart and other organs.

Making Oxygen Therapy Convenient and Easy

Many people have hesitations about starting oxygen therapy because they just can’t imagine carting around a giant oxygen tank all day. Not only are these tanks an eyesore, but they’re also heavy and cumbersome.

Fortunately, with advances in technology, you no longer have to rely on unwieldy tanks to guarantee continual access to oxygen. Oxygen concentrators pull concentrated oxygen out of the air so the devices can be smaller, lighter, and easier to take with you no matter how far you must travel.

The bottom line is if you want to improve your life with pulmonary fibrosis then using oxygen therapy, in addition to prescribed medications and rehabilitative therapy, can improve your symptoms and your quality of life.

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