Misunderstandings of Oxygen Therapy for COPD

With the advent of an aging society, the incidence of chronic diseases is getting higher and higher, which seriously affects human health. COPD is one of the most common chronic diseases. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, COPD will become the third leading cause of death in the world.

COPD is a chronic airway inflammatory disease that often occurs in middle-aged and elderly people. It usually develops from chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which can cause great harm to the body.

In addition to medication control, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also need oxygen therapy. In the process of oxygen therapy, related misunderstandings must be avoided in order to better alleviate the symptoms of patients.

1. “Long-term oxygen therapy will affect the body”

  Oxygen therapy for COPD patients can ensure that there is sufficient oxygen in the lungs, which helps to improve the patient’s respiratory function. However, many patients believe that oxygen is an external gas. Long-term oxygen inhalation can cause damage to the body and cause lung damage. Damage, leading to oxygen poisoning.

  In fact, oxygen therapy for patients with COPD can improve the ventilation function of the lungs and help relieve the symptoms of oppression.

2. “Long-term oxygen inhalation is prone to addiction”

  Many COPD patients believe that long-term oxygen inhalation will lead to oxygen addiction, and once they have inhaled oxygen, they cannot do without oxygen.

  There is no data to show that long-term oxygen inhalation can become addictive. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cannot do without oxygen. The fundamental reason is poor lung function and inability to carry out normal ventilation. They must breathe in oxygen to maintain breathing. Long-term hypoxia will lead to a sharp decline in lung function.

3. “No need to breathe oxygen without panting”

 The biggest misunderstanding of COPD patients during oxygen therapy is that they don’t need oxygen if they don’t have panting. This practice will affect the body.

  The main purpose of oxygen therapy is to alleviate the patient’s symptoms, prevent the disease from getting worse, relieve lung function, and prevent lung function decline. Therefore, for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, whether it is during the onset or stable period, whether there is wheezing or not, it must be treated with oxygen to ensure sufficient oxygen in the lungs.

4. “No need to inhale oxygen during the day”

  Many patients think that there is sufficient oxygen during the day and only need to inhale oxygen at night.

  Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease must ensure more than 15 hours a day for oxygen therapy. It is far from enough to treat only at night, so oxygen must be inhaled during the day to ensure the effect of oxygen therapy.

5. “Patients do not need to take medicine if they take oxygen therapy”

  In clinical practice, many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease think that they do not need to use drugs for treatment as long as they inhale oxygen.

  In fact, such an approach will affect the body. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory disease of the airway, which requires medication to control symptoms, and requires oxygen therapy combined with medication to fundamentally relieve the suffering of patients.

Patients with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease must receive standardized treatment as soon as possible. Oxygen therapy is one of the very important links. It cannot be ignored and must be treated with caution to ensure sufficient oxygen in the lungs. At the same time, patients with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease must also have a sufficient understanding of oxygen therapy and actively cooperate with doctors for treatment.


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