Users' questions

What is oxygen poisoning?

What is oxygen poisoning?

Oxygen toxicity is lung damage that happens from breathing in too much extra (supplemental) oxygen. It’s also called oxygen poisoning. It can cause coughing and trouble breathing. In severe cases it can even cause death.

Can you get too much oxygen from a machine?

Can you get too much oxygen from a machine? It is possible to get too much oxygen from an oxygen concentrator machine. However, this is quite rare when oxygen concentrators are used as directed and prescribed. All supplemental oxygen requires a prescription from a doctor, who carefully chooses your oxygen prescription.

What are the long term effects of being on oxygen?

While using oxygen longterm is generally safe, it does come with some side effects. The most common side effect of using long-term supplemental oxygen is nasal dryness and skin irritation, primarily in the places where the cannula and tubing touches the face.

How can you tell if you are getting too much oxygen?

Other pulmonary symptoms of too much oxygen include fever, rattling on the inhale, a tickling or burning sensation on the inhale, coughing up blood and labored breathing. Extreme cases may result in permanent scarring (fibrosis) of the lung tissue that is irreversible.

When to use a nasal cannula for oxygen therapy?

Choosing a nasal cannula as your primary oxygen delivery solution assures you’ll get the right amount of oxygen while maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. Nasal cannulas are the right choice for you if your condition is stable and your health care provider determines you need low-flow oxygen therapy at low to medium concentrations.

Can you attach an oxygen tube to an O2 ear Buddy?

With O2 Ear Buddies, nasal cannulas and oxygen tubes bypass the back of the ears, instantly eliminating a VERY sore spot for many oxygen users. Each durable and lightweight O2 Ear Buddy is made of medical grade plastic and can be attached to a hat, headband, visor or wig and are easily transferable.

What happens to your skin when you wear a cannula?

Skin irritation – untreated skin irritation may lead to skin breakdown, which is often unsightly and painful. If you begin to notice skin changes while wearing your nasal cannula, it may be that your device isn’t fitted properly.

What are the dangers of long term use of nasal cannulas?

Namely, long-term use has been linked to lung damage, eye damage (resulting from pressure buildup), and a condition called pulmonary oxygen toxicity, in which too much oxygen exists in the body and may result in damage to airways. 5  Oxygen is also highly flammable, so care must be taken to avoid encountering cigarettes, candles, stoves, etc.