Are there any risks in using oxygen?

Although oxygen use is generally safe, there are some risks. Follow all of the directions your doctor or respiratory therapist gives you for home oxygen use. If you use too much or too little oxygen, you may cause harm to your body. Oxygen can be very flammable, so there shouldn't be any smoking where you store your tank or while you use oxygen. Keep a six-foot distance between your oxygen and open flames, and store your oxygen away from heat sources. Oxygen should be kept away from flammable products such as aerosol sprays.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has a risk of complications. Increased blood oxygen levels can lead to temporary nearsightedness. If levels increase too much, they may cause seizures. Pressure changes can lead to organ damage as well as middle- and inner-ear injuries, such as fluid leakage and rupture.

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