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Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

11 Apr 2016
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 17 Comments
Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Using supplemental oxygen as part of a treatment plan is common for many people who have a chronic lung disease, such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis. However, if you use oxygen therapy regularly, you could notice increased dryness in your throat, nose or mouth. Supplemental oxygen use can cause severe dryness, irritated skin and even nose bleeds. Here are some simple tips to prevent dryness from oxygen therapy.

What is oxygen therapy?

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Having a chronic lung disease makes getting enough oxygen difficult. Oxygen therapy can help people with chronic lung diseases receive sufficient oxygen to get through the day.

Oxygen is delivered through nasal prongs or cannulas, a mask or a breathing tube. People who require frequent supplemental oxygen are usually prescribed a portable oxygen tank or a machine for use at home.

Preventing Nose Bleeds

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Because of the constant flow of air, people using oxygen therapy can have nose bleeds. The skin inside of your nose is delicate and can become irritated, so a small bump with the side of the nasal cannula can break the skin. Some people who use a high flow of oxygen through a face mask can also have nose bleeds.

You can prevent nose bleeds caused from using supplemental oxygen by keeping your nostrils moist. You can try using a humidifier, a nasal moisturizer or a nasal spray. If you’re having frequent nose bleeds, it’s important to tell your doctor and ask what he or she recommends for you.

Preventing Dry Mouth and Throat

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Even though many oxygen concentrators have a built-in humidifier, people on supplemental oxygen often experience dry mouth and throat in addition to a dry nose. Using a humidifier can help moisten the air you’re breathing. Use only distilled water in your humidifier, and keep humidifiers, supplemental oxygen tubing and nasal cannulas clean.

Where can I find nasal moisturizers and humidifiers?

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Your doctor is likely to know local medical supply stores that carry nasal moisturizers and humidifiers approved for oxygen therapy, so ask about which products to use and how to use those products safely. Always check with your doctor before modifying your treatment plan. These products can be found at a local store or ordered on Amazon.

Here are some products to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment:

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

Moisturizers

Ayr Gel Saline Nasal Gel

Cann-Ease Nasal Moisturizer

RoEzIt Dermal Care for Oxygen Patients

Humidifiers

Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Are there other options for people with lung disease?

Tips to Prevent Dryness from Oxygen Therapy

We hope these tips to prevent dryness from oxygen therapy help you breathe easier. In combination with your treatment plan, supplemental oxygen, pulmonary rehabilitation and alternative treatment options such as stem cell therapy, there are ways to help you live the life you want to live. If you or a loved one has a chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about possible stem cell treatment options at the Lung Institute, feel free to contact us today at (800) 729-3065.

17 Comments

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  2. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Gary,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, most doctors aren’t going to recommend anything that is not considered traditional medicine, especially when the treatment is not yet covered by insurance. Generally, doctors practice traditional medicine and are very statistical. Even though there are many advancements in the field of regenerative medicine, many doctors are still skeptical. However, we are hopeful that in the future stem cell treatment will be covered by insurance. Keep in mind that this process can take time though.

    The Mayo Clinic has a Center for Regenerative Medicine–one of many types of centers within the Mayo Clinic. You can read about their Center for Regenerative Medicine as well as their focus areas, including regenerative medicine applications for chronic lung diseases, by clicking here, and share this information with your doctors. Also, feel free to read and share our most recent findings with your doctors by clicking here, and remember that we are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators today. We hope this helps you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Gary Ellis

    2 months ago

    gary ellis
    been seeing 3 doctors: they all say stem cell applications for lung disease is a scam! one doctor said if Mayo Clinic is using it he would look into the process more??

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  6. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Pauline,

    Unfortunately, at this time, most doctors aren’t going to recommend anything that is not considered traditional medicine, especially when the treatment is not yet covered by insurance. Generally, doctors practice traditional medicine and are very statistical. Even though there are many advancements in the field of regenerative medicine, many doctors are still skeptical. However, we are hopeful that in the future stem cell treatment will be covered by insurance. Keep in mind that this process can take time though. Also, feel free to share our most recent findings with your doctors, and remember that we are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators today. We hope this helps you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Delma,

    Thanks for your comment and for keeping in touch with us. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about possible stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. delma mcglashan

    8 months ago

    I have been in touch with you before and would still like to know if there is any help out there or if you have started taking insurance.

  9. Pauline

    8 months ago

    why won’t our doctors talk to us about stem cell, all they ever say is your wasting your money

  10. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Valerie,

    The Lung Institute aims to help people with chronic lung diseases breathe easier and feel better overall. Many of our patients report improvement following stem cell treatment with us. In our most recent white paper about our stem cell treatment results, we discuss how 82 percent of our patients report an increase in quality of life after stem cell treatment, and 60 percent of those who took a pulmonary function test reported an increase in lung function. We would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell therapy one-on-one, so feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. valerie brown

    8 months ago

    I contacted a place that does stem cell therapy and oxygen rooms they answered by saying this treatment does not help copd.

  12. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Barbara,

    Thanks for your comment. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you, and feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 if you ever have any questions. We would be happy to answer your questions.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Barbara

    8 months ago

    I’m saving my money to have stem therapy. My pulmanalogist said not to waste my money but I just have the feeling this will help me

  14. sh

    8 months ago

    Thanks for your comments, Mr. Albert. We’re glad to hear you’ve inquired about stem cell treatment, and we look forward to helping you to breathe better in the future. Thank you and all our veteran warriors for your selfless service to our country.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  15. HENRY ALBERT

    8 months ago

    AFTER 20 X IN THE HOSP 20X MY CONDITION OF EMPHYSIMA HAS WORSENED IM SITTIN AT HOME WITH AN O2 HOSE UP MY NOSE AND CRANKED FULL BLAST!! IM A 60 YR OLD COMBAT VET EXPOSED TO DEPLETED URANIUM AND SARIN GAS FROM THE 91 GULF WAR!! IVE APPLIED FOR STEM CELL ON HERE MINUTES AGO AND I HOPE THEY HELP ME AS WERE GETTING ZERO HELP FOR GULF WAR ILLNESS FROM OUR NORTHPORT VETS HOSP!! THEY THREW US UNDER THE BUS LIKE OUR VIETNAM BROTHERS AND AGENT ORANGE!! PLEASE AKNOWLEDGE OUR SACRIFISES AND ILLNESSES AS OUR GOVT HAS DONE ANOTHER GOOD JOB COVERING THINGS UP!! MOST PROBLY HAVENT HEARD OF GWI GULF WAR ILLNESS!! PLEASE PRAY FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES!! THANX SSG USED TO BE HENRY ALBERT

  16. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Donald,

    We’re glad that you found our article helpful. We’ll keep writing on a variety of topics so that we can help more people. Thanks for your comment.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  17. Donald Seamans

    8 months ago

    God bless you for your good work.

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