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Is Oxygen a Medication?
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Oxygen is something we breathe in each and every day, but is oxygen a medication, too? It might be hard to adjust to the idea, but medical oxygen is indeed a medication. However, medical-grade oxygen can also be used incorrectly like any medicine, which can trigger negative side effects. As such, it is important to […]

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Acute Vs. Chronic: What’s the Difference?
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Have you found yourself wondering, “What is the difference between acute and chronic conditions?” Learning the difference between the two is essential to understanding how they impact your life and overall well-being. Let’s take a deep dive into how to tell the difference between acute vs. chronic illness, and why that difference matters for you. […]

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Everything You Need to Know About a Bronchoscopy
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If you have shown signs of lung problems or potential lung disease, you may be looking at a bronchoscopy. But what is a bronchoscopy and when is it indicated? Learning what this procedure is for, when it is used and what it can tell you about your lungs and airways can help you feel better […]

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Pulse Dose Technology
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A new prescription for oxygen therapy comes with all kinds of questions. As you begin to research different oxygen delivery devices, you will encounter a lot of terminology about the equipment itself and how it works. Learning what these new terms mean is essential to understanding how your oxygen equipment works, and knowing whether certain […]

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COPD Facts and Statistics

If you have been diagnosed with COPD, could potentially be at risk for this disease or know someone who could potentially be at risk, it can be helpful to learn more about it. Educating yourself and learning how to prevent the development of COPD, or the worsening of symptoms, can be profoundly beneficial to your […]

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Tips for Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

Did you know that most Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors?1  This percentage may be even higher if you have a chronic illness like COPD. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air pollutants such as radon, secondhand smoke, combustion pollutants, volatile organic compounds and mold may increase […]

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12 Signs You’re An Overwhelmed Caregiver

The term caregiver can mean many things. It could mean that you are caring for a newborn baby, or that you are caring for an aging or ill loved one. Sometimes the role of caregiver is temporary, because children grow up and older adults may get sick for a short period of time. But what […]

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Understanding Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious medical condition that occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs suddenly becomes blocked. If the blood clot is large enough, it can obstruct the flow of blood to the lungs which can be life-threatening. While obtaining prompt medical attention can greatly improve your chances for […]

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Lung Health After Quitting Smoking
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If you’re a smoker, you might feel like quitting is pointless because the damage to your lungs has already been done. However, there are always positives to quitting smoking. Wondering, “What happens to my lungs when I quit smoking?” You might be shocked at how quickly you’ll begin to see the positive effects of lung […]

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7 Tips for Relieving Seasonal Allergies
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Ah, spring is in the air and if you’re one of the millions of Americans with seasonal allergies, blooming lilac and budding rosebushes aren’t the only thing you have to look forward to this season. The unpleasant symptoms of seasonal allergies – itchy, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and congestion – can make you […]

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Seasonal Allergies While On Oxygen Therapy
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As the seasons change, new allergens bloom all around you, pestering your sinuses and breathing. Allergies tend to spell trouble for just about anyone, but they pose specific threats for people who require oxygen therapy to breathe comfortably. Have you ever wondered, “Can allergies make it hard to breathe?” The answer is yes, which is […]

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8 Ways to Rid Your Home of Allergens
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If you’re one of the millions of Americans with seasonal allergies, you may think that staying indoors during allergy season will protect you from allergens. Not true! The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that indoor allergens can be just as hazardous, making ridding your home of allergens an important priority. What are […]

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