We all need oxygen. Every tissue and every cell in the body needs a constant supply of oxygen to function. Oxygen enters our lungs and passes it into the bloodstream. Hemoglobin in the red blood cells picks up the oxygen. It carries it to the body’s tissues and cells. There are different diseases that affect the efficiency of our lungs. It is difficult for oxygen to move into the bloodstream if there is an Inflammation and scarring.

How to determine if you need supplemental oxygen?

There are two ways to measure the amount of oxygen in our bloodstream.

  • Oximetry

This method is the most used. A light shines through your finger or earlobe using a small, clip-on device. It then measures the amount of light absorbed by the hemoglobin. The device measures the saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen molecules.  The oxygen saturation of the blood should be around 98 to 100 percent.

  • Arterial blood gas study

This procedure draws out blood from an artery using a needle and syringe. This is usually done in the wrist. The blood is then sent through an analyzer. The amount of oxygen gas dissolved in the blood is then measured. Arterial oxygen pressure is the result of this procedure. It should be around 80 to 100 mmHg.

Enough oxygen will keep the blood saturated enough. This will ensure that the cells and tissues do not lack oxygen to function well. Oxygen saturation should not fall below 89 percent. And the arterial oxygen pressure should not fall below 60 mmHg. You need supplemental oxygen when it does.

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Is supplemental oxygen beneficial for me?

Lack of enough oxygen will affect organs of the body. Especially the brain, heart, and kidneys. Supplemental oxygen keeps them healthy. It relieves fatigue and dizziness. You may also feel relief from shortness of breath and depression. Your sleep quality will also improve. You will be more alert and be in better mood.

How to know if I am using the right amount of supplemental oxygen?

Oxygen saturation determines the right amount of supplemental oxygen. A respiratory therapist will test your oxygen saturation. The procedure is while you are using your oxygen equipment. Measurements should include results while you are at rest and while you are asleep. As well as while you are walking. A saturation level of 90 percent means you have the right amount of supplemental oxygen.

Is oxygen addiction a possibility?

We all need a constant supply of oxygen to live. There is no such thing as becoming addicted to supplemental oxygen. You only need supplemental oxygen when you lack enough oxygen in your bloodstream. It will keep your organs and tissues healthy.

Does supplemental oxygen cause side effects?

Wear your oxygen as per instructions. Too much oxygen will result to headaches, confusion or increased sleepiness. Dryness and bleeding of the lining of the nose is often a result of setting your oxygen to 4 liters per minute or above. Attach a humidifier to your oxygen equipment to prevent this.

A healthy lifestyle will ensure you have enough oxygen in your bloodstream. You should also maintain a proper diet. Consult a doctor if you feel symptoms such as constant headaches and and drowsiness. As well as feeling tired quick. These may be indicators that you need supplemental oxygen.