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Using oxygen at home - what to ask your doctor

Oxygen - what to ask your doctor; What to ask your doctor about home oxygen; Hypoxia - oxygen at home

Because of problems with your lungs or heart, you will need to use oxygen in your home.

Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you use your oxygen.

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Questions

When should I use my oxygen?

Is it OK for me to change how much oxygen is flowing out of the tank or oxygen concentrator?

What should I do if I feel more short of breath?

Can my oxygen run out? How can I tell if the oxygen is running out?

Will I be able to take my oxygen with me when I go somewhere? How long will the oxygen last when I leave my home?

Do I need to worry about the electricity going off?

What can I do if my lips, mouth, or nose become dry? Is it safe to use petroleum jelly (Vaseline)?

How do I stay safe when I have oxygen in my home?

What do I do about getting oxygen when I travel on an airplane?

Related Information

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Pneumonia - adults (community acquired)
Bronchiolitis
Acute bronchitis
Lung surgery
Bronchiolitis - discharge
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - adults - discharge
Pneumonia in children - discharge
Interstitial lung disease - adults - discharge
Pneumonia in adults - discharge
COPD - control drugs
COPD - quick-relief drugs
Oxygen safety
Traveling with breathing problems

References

American Lung Association website. Supplemental oxygen. www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/diagnosing-and-treating/supplemental-oxygen.html. Updated October 3, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2019.

COPD Foundation website. Oxygen therapy. www.copdfoundation.org/Learn-More/I-am-a-Person-with-COPD/Oxygen.aspx. Accessed February 20, 2019.

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Review Date: 1/15/2019  

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