The science of cluster headaches and how oxygen helps…


A rare type of headache that affects about 1 to 2 people in every 1,000

Migraine Trust
cluster headaches
  • Cluster headache is the only indication for oxygen therapy in the absence of hypoxia
  • During attacks patients are often restless, agitated, or both
  • Attacks typically last for 15 to 180 minutes untreated and have a frequency of 1 every other day for up to 8 attacks a day
  • Using inhaled high-flow oxygen is more likely to result in being pain-free after 15 minutes
  • Oxygen therapy can be administered at different flow rates
  • High flow oxygen is very effective in some patients in relieving symptoms of an acute cluster headache quickly and safely
  • Cluster headache bouts alternate with remission periods, when patients are pain free
  • In the majority of these patients, the headaches occur in clusters (bouts) with daily attacks for several weeks
  • Oxygen is one of the safest ways to treat cluster headache

5 tips for beating the January blues

Blow away those January Blues

Just because you may have a medical condition such as asthma, COPD, Bronchitis doesn’t meant you are more sceptical to the January Blues than others. Its that dark time of year when you can turn the blues into a positive whoever you are:

  1. Exercise helps the body and the mind and if you do this regularly it will increase your health and your energy as well as your well-being
  2. Try something new whether this is starting a new hobby, booking that dream holiday or visiting friends that you haven’t seen in a while.
  3. Eating a well-balanced diet can also help. regular meals throughout the day and also a balanced menu will help you feel better, help digestion and give you the correct nutrients and vitamins your body needs for fuel.
  4. Read more – reading helps to relax, de-stress and also gives you some calmful ‘you time’ to get lost in a good novel and re-focus your thoughts.
  5. Get outside – fresh air, daylight and walking will help you mentally and physically and help to blow away those cobwebs.

Asthma Attack back at you!

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Why is travelling with oxygen such a challenge and here’s how to do it…

Going on holiday mostly does require air travel and when you and many others need medical oxygen this needs to be made as accessible as ever, as we all live longer and also enjoy travel to much more this service is a necessity that should be provided. At first it can seem difficult, daunting and also where do you start?!

Providers such as OxygenWorldwide can help you! Do not worry the best thing is to make sure you have left enough:

  • Planning time
  • Planning time and
  • Planning time

As long as you contact our team with your destination, oxygen requirements and dates of travel we can help source, book and organise all your medical oxygen needs! 

Its relieves the stress from your end but we have built up over 20 years experience and relationships across over 40 countries worldwide.

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For those who know we have been helping people travel abroad for holidays, trips and to visit loved ones for a long time. We have built up some great relationships across the world which help us get you reliable services 24/7.

Thinking outside the box means you can trust us to get your enquiry proposal to be the best competitive quote for quality service.

We are also always on hand with any query whilst you are away to give you that security and back-up when travelling abroad.

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3 ways to help cluster headaches

Cluster headaches happen in periods and are one of the most painful type of headache with very intense pain – usually in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep. Here are some types of treatment that can help relieve cluster headaches:

  1. Oxygen – Using oxygen can help reduce and give relief of symptoms. Using this method of oxygen is safe and there are many portable oxygen concentrators available to hire or buy on the market. If you need to go on holiday then you can speak to OxygenWorldwide to help arrange what oxygen you need whilst abroad.

2. Triptans – This is an injection format to teat the headaches and used mainly for the less aggressive migraine. To start with you can go to your GP or specialist to learn how to inject to begin with. This method acts faster than for example inhaling with a nasal spray but you may feel more comfortable with a spray than an injection.

3. Local anesthetics – This method is a better form if you prefer to have something through the nose and can be used over the injection method.

Cluster headaches range in severeness so you would need to discuss all your options with your specialist to find out and discuss what is right for you. Sufferers need some form of relief as it is very painful and disruptive to your day-to-day life.

Oxygen and why babies may need help breathing.

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.

2 breathing exercises for COPD

breathing

Coping with COPD is hard but when you start to get stressed, worried or upset or even whilst you are exercising, this may cause even more trouble breathing especially if you work yourself into being upset and tense your whole body. This in turn will cause shortened breaths and difficulty breathing normally.

In order to try and help there are a couple of techniques that could be advised to try. These techniques help focus on your breathing and slow down the panic and tensing up which stops your body from being able to breathe properly.

  1. One is a belly breathing exercise which you should get more advise from your doctor about the correct technique but ultimately using your diaphragm more with it rising as you breathe in through your nose and lower as you breathe slowly out your mouth.
  2. The second is breathing through your nose and out through partially closed lips. This is a great exercise to use during exercise when you may feel short of breath. Breathe out slowly don’t rush as this aids to help you able to exercise for longer intervals.

Feel free to speak or comment on our blog as we have a community of readers who require oxygen every day and may be able to help you if you have any questions.

OxygenWorldwide allows you to travel worldwide with medical oxygen arranging the safe delivery at your destination for your trip.

The Brain and Breathing

Lots of research and articles by scientists explain just how breathing and how you breathe can connect to the brain and different parts when not our automatic action of breaths.

yoga and breathing

There are different types of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, trauma therapy, or various types of spiritual exercises which all involve focusing and regulating breathing but does controlling inhaling and exhaling have any profound effect on your behaviour? This is the question many researchers have been trying to discover. So far it has been researched that it can gain control and aid towards calmness and focusing more.

Focusing on breathing or doing breathing exercises could adapt the brain. This has potential in a range of jobs that require extreme focus. Athletes, for example, have long been known to improve performance statistics with their breathing.

These studies can be found via the study, conducted by my post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Jose Herrero, in collaboration with Dr. Ashesh Mehta, a renowned neurosurgeon at NorthShore University Hospital in Long Island. 

Breathing techniques to help relieve asthma

Firstly yoga is said to help with breathing problems including asthma for people that need medical oxygen to assist with their breathing. Yoga includes deep breathes through the nose is said to help. Going to a fully trained yoga instructor is said to help aid those with breathing difficulties.

Secondly meditation as this helps the body to relax and open up the airwaves avoiding tense, panic attacks and lack of oxygen to the lungs. Being relaxed also helps to sleep better and have a positive energy.

For those who want to travel more and explore OxygenWorldwide can help assist in your plans when going away and needing medical oxygen abroad.