For those who need oxygen via a machine living with it sometimes is tough. You need to adapt to a way of life but also not let it hinder your well-being and what you can do.
Oxygen is your life and do not feel you are confined to staying at home as you are connected to a machine.
Oxygen therapy has come a long way but today the smallest and most versatile portable equipment is available. Medical oxygen allows patients the ability to go on holiday, travel, exercise and be on the move 24/7 as you increase your oxygen blood levels that help stop symptoms, breathing difficulties and prevent heart damage.
A few do’s and don’ts
Keep cylinders upright at all times whilst at home
Make sure you have working fire alarms and detectors in your home
Don’t use flammable liquids and keep away from heat such as gas hobs
Don’t let anyone smoke near you whilst you are using your oxygen
Here are the top reasons why medical oxygen helps to fight back if you have asthma. For those who suffer from asthma or similar breathing conditions using medical oxygen can help your symptoms and the lack of oxygen you experience throughout your daily life.
The biggest reason is that using medical oxygen means this gives you more oxygen into your lungs. This is the one thing you do need and the most important. Say yes to more oxygen in your lungs!
It means you can not be isolated and can travel, go outside and even explore the world. Medical oxygen can be supplied so that you can carry this portable device with you! Great news book your next adventure as your oxygen can be supplied to you at your destination – see here!
Lastly it helps regain your well-being and health. Be able to breathe again and maintain a good daily life means you will not only be able to do more but this will help you mentally with feeling happier, healthier and remove all those negative effects when feeling down or that there is no way out.
If you use a cannula make sure you clean it every couple of weeks. You can also use a mask as an option too which should be cleaned or changed after a month.
If your portable oxygen concentrator has an external filter, this may need to be rinsed out each week. Always check with your oxygen company for the exact recommendations as this may differ by model or brand of machine.
Stay warm when you are indoors if in a colder climate – keep your temperature at a good level so you do not feel cold and catch other problems whilst sitting at home.
Try and move if you are not going outside as much as the darker nights draw in. To keep mobile make sure you walk around your house and also try and do chair exercises these are great if you are not very mobile and also mean you can watch your favourite programme at the same time!
If you are now at home make sure if you are planning your summer trip away as you dream of your next dose of sunshine to check out and message our team at OxygenWorldwide
There are many medical reasons for why babies may need medical oxygen when going home such as difficulty catching breathe, apnea and many other airway problems that develop after birth.
Your baby may need a certain type of medical oxygen which may be an oxygen concentrator which can be used throughout the day or night and also allow you to travel.
As long as you have back up oxygen you will never run out.
Careful planning will ensure you can always rely on enough oxygen to last you whilst at home or travelling and keeping all of this attached to your pram whilst out of home and also in your baby’s room at night.
If your baby requires medical oxygen to help or aid breathing speak to your doctor’s to seek the best advice, equipment and what to do at home before you return to make it comfortable and safe for what your baby needs.
You can still travel the world, even when you need medical oxygen too. If you need oxygen for your holiday here are some popular questions you may be wondering:
Can you travel abroad with oxygen? If you need oxygen on your holiday, you will need to arrange oxygen at your destination before you travel. Contact OxygenWorldwide for quotes.
Can I take oxygen on a plane? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not allow travellers to carry their own oxygen aboard aircraft. You are advised that a Department of Transportation approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator is ok to use.
How much is a portable oxygen concentrator? Buying your own is expensive but to use whilst on holiday prices do vary but using experienced OyxgenWorlwide can obtain competitive quotes and have the knowledge of many locations across the globe.
How do you travel abroad with oxygen? Contact the airline you are travelling with first, make sure you have your prescription and also any doctors notes to take with you. Prepare and plan your requirements needed for the duration of the trip. Use OxygenWorldwide as the 24 hours service whilst on your trip allows for that extra care needed when abroad and possibly not your native language.
If you suffer from cluster headaches you will know the intense pain is so bad some women compare it to contractions during birth. There is quite a lot of help and advice out there and even though oxygen therapy is known to help relieve symptoms where you breathe pure oxygen through a face mask. There is a lot of good advice on how to help assist the affects of these periods of headaches.
Triggers are known to cause these episodes such as; alcohol, bright lights, coffee, flying or being at high altitudes or even heat such as a hot bath or being in hot weather can also trigger cluster headaches.
Ginger – drink ginger tea as this helps to reduce pain and this is a simple and easy way to help relieve symptoms
Avoid alcohol and cigarettes as this may actually increase the number of episodes you will have so best to avoid entirely
Vitamins – these help in a number of ways from the anti oxidants to reducing frequency, speak to your local health expert on what you should be taking each day
Exercising – increase your blood circulation and reduce your stress levels through exercising – so hit your local gym
Be outdoors – we know oxygen helps so getting outdoors will certainly help naturally
I need oxygen for my holiday you ask! Here are some tops things to remember to include when obtaining a quote for your next trip with medical oxygen.
Your chosen destination with your start and end dates for your holiday. Some countries may not be as easy to deliver to or in particular seasons but view our list here
Contact details including address and telephone number of the holiday destination
Name of the person accepting the delivery of the equipment
The type of oxygen equipment you would require
Your maximum oxygen usage in litres per minute and hours per day to calculate how much you will need
To send OxygenWorldwide team all the necessary information when travelling with oxygen use our Oxygen Request Form which will provide us with all the essential details we need in order to process an accurate quote for you for your holiday.
Travelling with oxygen by car or other forms of transportation may seem intimidating. With a little planning, it can be easy, and safely, done. Travelling with portable oxygen by Aeroplane, by Cruise ship, by Car, by Train can be done without any stress when you know how. Here are a list of popular destinations that people travel to for holidays.
What to Do…
DO allow time to make arrangements for your oxygen needs when travelling long distance, especially if it will be by plane. Each airline has their own policies and procedures for travelling with oxygen. If travelling by car or train, you might need to arrange both portable and a more long-lasting oxygen supply.
DO carry your portable tank only in the case supplied with it.
DO keep your oxygen delivery system out of the bright sunlight or other heat sources.
DO bring extra batteries to power your concentrator in case of emergency.
DO be aware that high altitudes, whether flying or just driving in the mountains, can increase your need for supplemental oxygen.
What not to Do…
DON’T overlook the fact that portable oxygen tanks can only carry a finite amount of oxygen.
DON’T put a portable tank inside a backpack or other carry bag.
DON’T place your tank, cylinder or portable concentrator in a car trunk or other tightly enclosed space.
January is the time where many of us take on new challenges, goals and motivate ourselves. It is always a fantastic opportunity to make sure we look after ourselves from diet and exercise to helping aid our wellbeing. Breathing and changing the patterns of this is said to help reduce stress and relieve anxiety or imporve enduarance physically.
The Healing Power of Breath, doctors Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg write about some techniques and methods that could if used help all of the above:
Pursed-lip breathing method – This is the easiest one to start with. With relaxed shoulders, take a normal breath in for about two counts. Then pucker your lips and exhale for about four counts. Repeat this pattern a few times.
4-7-8 method – In this technique, you exhale through your mouth and then close it and inhale through your nose for four counts. You hold the breath in for seven counts and then release it for eight counts. Repeat at least three times.
Belly-breathing method – Also known as ‘abdominal breathing.’ With your shoulders back, keep one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. As you breathe in deeply for about two seconds, your belly should stick out a bit. Feel the air expanding your stomach and then breathe out slowly through your lips.
All of the above helps to de-stress and breathe better for longer. Especially if you need supplemental oxygen every day and especially when you need to travel. Travel alone causes stress with co-ordinating the organisation and this is why you are not alone. Try some new exercises for your breathing and you may find you are not only heathier but happier too. If you need OxygenWorldwide’s services please do read our client testimonials as we care for all our customers around the world.