Summer breathing

Summer is here and especially in the UK this year there seems to be an increase in pollen and airborne allergies this summer. The sun is certainly appearing this year but so are the sneezes, itchy eyes, runny noses and also with this comes breathing difficulties.

If you feel short of breathe, cough more than usual or have a tight sensation in your chest this is usually a sign of allergy asthma.

If you are experiencing any symptoms visit your local GP to get diagnosed to receive the correct treatment.

Some allergy sufferers may struggle to breathe and need supplemental oxygen to help maintain a normal daily routine and life abilities such as walking outside or climbing the stairs at home.

If you are suffering this summer more than usual then book an appointment at your local surgery who can best recommend and enjoy summer whilst it is here. Lighter evenings and warmer weather encourages more walking, better diets and mentally being outside is proven it really helps with wellness.

If you do require any medical oxygen to travel abroad then use the contact form on this blog for further details.

Medical oxygen and travel

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Medical oxygen need is increasing across Europe and the world especially now with more respiratory problems since the pandemic. Whether travelling for pleasure or business these air travellers can have difficulty planning the trip. It has been common for travellers to not understand fully how to plan or for an airline to be slow in response.

Just remember:

  • Plan as far in advance as possibly
  • Contact your chosen airline to advise them of your requirements
  • When you book seats possibly try to be near the toilets and the aisle
  • You oxygen supplier at your destination is responsible for back ups and training
  • Make sure you leave enough time so the travel is not stressful or exhausting

OxygenWorldwide have been arranging medical oxygen for holiday for over 20 years so please feel free to discuss your requirements with the team here

5 steps to easy travel with oxygen

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These steps have been updated from a popular blog published in 2012.

The 5 steps to successful travel

#1 First start with speaking with your doctor so you are “fit to fly”. You will not be able to carry your own medical oxygen containers on-board with you, so you will have to use oxygen provided by the airlines for the duration of the flight.

#2 Secondly we would suggest you call the airline directly advance of your flight. Ask to speak with special services or the medical department to check requirements.

#3 Next, confirm that you meet the requirements of the carrier and that they can provide the flow of air you need and whether or not they will provide you with a nasal cannula or mask.

# 4 Confirm all of your arrangements by phone at least 48 hours before your flight boards and make sure to go over all of the rules and regulations that the airlines give you. Typically, the airlines will direct you to a website with rules for those traveling with medical oxygen or they will send you a pamphlet in the post.

# 5 Then of course if you are not travelling via aeroplane then these same steps apply if you are traveling by train or cruise ship. Coordinate with your common carrier beforehand to avoid headaches. If cruising, make sure to contact the company prior to purchasing tickets, since many cruise lines will not allow oxygen tanks on board.

If you would like assistance with arranging all your travel medical oxygen needs then please do contact Oxygen Worldwide today. Our team are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and also speak many languages.

Enjoy your travels!

Quick Facts for traveling with oxygen

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  • Speak to your GP or doctor so you can take a letter with you that explains your exact condition
  • During any flight make sure you move about to get your circulation going; you can do some simple foot movements in your seat or go for a little wander down the aisles
  • Keep your fluids up whilst traveling especially if going on a long trip
  • When you are at an airport you can ask for special assistance; especially if you find walking a struggle
  • Arrange your medical oxygen to be at your accommodation; allow enough time to do this – the sooner the better to confirm delivery and your exact requirements
  • Have a great holiday!!!

Holidays with oxygen therapy

This is possible. It does not have to be stressful and out you off from venturing further afield. Although you will need to organise and have more preparations it will all be worth it for exploring other countries, making memories and meeting up with others across the globe.

The main top tips from our experts are:

  1. Speak to your doctor first and make sure you are fit to fly
  2. Speak with your mode of transport company either the airline, ferry or train company with your requirements
  3. Contact the team at @oxygenworldwide either online or via telephone
  4. Arrangement for your destination can be arranged, organised and quoted from the OxygenWorldwide team who have been doing this for over 20 years
  5. There is also a 24 hour service so you have no worries whilst abroad
  6. Relax, pack and plan your itinerary for your trip
  7. Time to get excited!

I need oxygen for my holiday

holiday and medical oxygen

Firstly make sure you are well enough to travel and if you are unsure you should check with your doctor. Planning your holiday is exciting and do not let arranging medical oxygen put any downer to this feeling.

As long as you remember to choose wisely where you are traveling to and plan in enough time you will have a fantastic and stress-free time.

You can use the OXYGENWORLDWIDE request form to ask all questions and arrange your oxygen needs around the world. Go on what’s stopping you get planning!!

Contact Us today here

Airlines and their policies

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For those looking to jet set across the skies this summer you may be wondering about how they all have different policies when it comes to medical oxygen. Please check out our useful links area @oxygenworldwide where we have listed the top airline carriers.

Click below to take you straight to our website and read more regarding travel with medical oxygen.

https://www.oxygenworldwide.com/general/links.html

Do not forget to check specific requirement when prior to travelling and inform them of you needs. Most airlines will help you but you just need to plan this in advance and make them aware.

For help and advice call or email our team anytime for more information. Feel free to contact the team with any oxygen travel queries here.

How to plan your holiday with oxygen

How can I make travelling easier?

  • Make all travel plans in advance
  • Prepare for typical problems
  • Plan rest stops, snack breaks, stretches and short walks
  • Plan to travel at cooler times of the day or year, so less air conditioning is needed
  • Follow your home routine as much as possible
  • When making travel reservations (e.g. bus, airline, tours), be sure to notify the staff of your oxygen use, so they can accommodate your needs
  • Also make sure you look up any additional requirements for where you are travelling such as covid measures, paperwork or passenger forms in advance to save you trouble on route

For further information, quotes and advice when travelling abroad with medical oxygen contact our team at OxygenWorldwide on info@oxygenworldwide.com

Taken from one of our popular posts on tip for planning.

3 tips for you and your oxygen

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  1. Always plan ahead; whether you are going away for a short day trip or a long vacation. Always plan your oxygen needs in advance to allow time for suitable arrangements.
  2. Speak with others in forums or through specialists teams – these will give you good guides, tips and advice on the best services, hotels, at home tips with your medical oxygen.
  3. Don’t let it stop you. Always stay as active as you can at home and out and about. Portable medical oxygen allows patients to have a normal life and its so important for your mental wellbeing to see friends and enjoy your hobbies.

If you are travelling with oxygen or planning to at some point; feel free to see our range of resources and links over at OxygenWorldwide and speak to our specialist team for enquiries and advice. They have over 20 years experience of travel with oxygen across many countries.

Working with oxygen

working

Now the way we work is changing; many are back in the office but mostly at a hybrid or part-time level. Many of us are now turning our dining tables or spare bedrooms into offices. This means are are spending more and more hours of the day in the same posture and position and this in turn causes circulation to decrease and this can result in tense muscles.

Working all day and even at home can cause stress, but when you take a holiday how relaxed do you feel? You feel good right?! Imagine if this was made harder because you rely on oxygen to breathe too.

Oxygen is a vital element that helps us to remain healthy and young – Oxygen Worldwide provide that essential life-line with arranging medical oxygen to our population when travelling across seas and oceans and to feel that they can still see the world.

Oxygen Worldwide is specialised in the supply of medical oxygen when you have to travel with special needs. Look for more information about oxygen, delivery worldwide on our website or contact us.

Updated from previous article working 9 to five with oxygen