Breathing Oxygen at Home

People who have respiratory disorders face difficulty in breathing oxygen properly. Oxygen Masks are required by such people. An oxygen mask consists of a storage tank to transfer oxygen to the lungs. Oxygen masks are of two kinds; full face mask and oral-nasal masks. A full-face mask covers the entire face whereas an oral-nasal masks only covers the nose and the mouth.

Oxygen is stored under high pressure in tanks. These oxygen tanks are available in large and portable sizes. The large tanks can be kept at home and the smaller tanks can be used for travelling. To breathe oxygen at home through these tanks, you need to have a nasal canula or an oxygen mask with you.

An oxygen mask is preferred by most people especially when oxygen is required in large amounts. If you are using an oxygen mask, you must keep in mind that:

-The mask has to be replaced in regular basis (after 14-28 days)

-If you are suffering from cold, cough or flu you must dispose your oxygen mask and get a new one.

The user often suffers from dryness around lips, mouth and nose due to the use of oxygen at home. It is advised to avoid dryness by using a water based lubricant or aloe-vera. Oil based lubricants must not be used.

Ask your healthcare provider about the right amount of oxygen that you should intake. Do not change your oxygen supply during use. The oxygen tank should be kept away from flames and open fire to avoid any mishap.