People who need oxygen therapy are already susceptible to many pulmonary infections, sicknesses and diseases. Avoiding bronchitis with an oxygen concentrator is important.
Tips to Avoid Bronchitis with an Oxygen Concentrator
To avoid bronchitis while using an oxygen concentrator, you should follow these simple rules:
- Get vaccinated for the flu every season.
- Keep your cannula and oxygen equipment clean at all times.
- Avoid dry mouth and nose with a humidifier. You can attach a humidifier to your portable oxygen concentrator or use one at home.
- Use nasal moisturizer, especially in dry winter months.
- Avoid all cigarette smoke including second hand smoke.
- Visit your doctor if you feel any bronchial symptoms.
- If you get a cold, get plenty of rest and take all the medication you are prescribed.
- Acute bronchitis is contagious so avoid others who have acute bronchitis.
If you fear that your oxygen concentrator accessories are contaminated, reach out to an online portable oxygen concentrator seller and replace your accessories as soon as possible; especially your cannula.
Symptoms of acute bronchitis include:
- Persistent cough (which will not go away without treatment)
- Green/yellow mucus
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing and raspy breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Sore throat
- Low-grade fever (less than 102°F)
- Mild headaches or body aches
What Causes Bronchitis
Acute bronchitis usually beings with a common cold and is contagious. You can get bronchitis from someone you believe has a cold. People who use oxygen concentrators are susceptible to acute bronchitis and should be careful to avoid anyone with a cold.
Cigarette smoking is the main cause of chronic bronchitis though exposure to other inhalants over a prolonged period of time can also cause chronic bronchitis.
Treatment for Bronchitis with An Oxygen Concentrator
Immediately visit your doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed above or if you have a cold that lasts for longer than 2 days.
You will be prescribed the appropriate anti biotics and your physician will recommend increasing your oxygen therapy to counter act your symptoms and ensure that you are receiving the correct amount of oxygen you need.