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For many people with chronic lung diseases, oxygen therapy is a significant part of their treatment plan. When lung disease makes getting enough oxygen difficult, doctors may prescribe oxygen therapy for home use. Oxygen therapy helps you receive more oxygen so that you’re blood-oxygen levels improve. Oxygen is essential to a healthy functioning body. One complaint some people have with their oxygen therapy tubing and nasal cannula is that they have a strong smell. To help you, we’ve done some research and found some information about odor and chemical-free nasal cannulas that you’ll want to know.
What are nasal cannulas?
Nasal cannulas are the nasal prongs that connect to tubing and are used to deliver oxygen through the nose. A nasal cannula is made of a flexible tube that is placed under the nose with the two prongs that are placed inside the nostrils. Because nasal cannulas tend to be less intrusive, allowing people to eat and speak, they are usually a primary choice for oxygen delivery.
What makes the nasal cannulas have a smell?
Depending on what materials the nasal cannulas and oxygen tubing are made of will change the smell. With a wide variety of materials, such as flexible DEHP plastic, soft PVC plastic, vinyl and even non-latex rubber, finding the best options for you can be challenging. Typically, nasal cannulas that are made of plastic have a stronger smell than nasal cannulas made of other materials. However, all nasal cannulas will have a smell despite the materials used to create them. Some people who use oxygen therapy recommend airing out tubing and nasal cannulas prior to use.
Where can I learn more about where to buy nasal cannulas?
There are many options available to you, and it’s best to discuss these options with your doctor before trying them. Your doctor might have a recommendation of what brand he or she wants you to use, so remember to talk with your doctor.
Here are some products to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment:
Softech Plus Cannulas uses a soft, non-DEHP material and is suitable for use with people who are sensitive to latex. They have also made green colored tubing for easy visibility to prevent accidental tripping.
WilMarc Medical states that it specializes in DEHP-Free, PVC-Free and Phthalate-Free medical products.
Tonopath Medical, LLC, offers the Everest Silicone Nasal Cannula, which they state doesn’t have a plastic smell, is softer on pressure points and it stays soft at low temperatures.
What can I do to feel better?
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to buy and what to avoid. We hope that learning more about odor and chemical-free nasal cannulas helps you understand what’s available and what to discuss with your doctor. Along with your current treatment plan, which could include oxygen therapy, you may qualify for stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute. If you or a loved one has a chronic lung disease and would like more information about how stem cell treatment could improve your lung function and quality of life, contact us today by calling (800) 729-3065.