Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Respiratory Therapy

What conditions can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Originally this treatment was used to help divers who developed decompression sickness, commonly cal...
More Answers
How long do hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments last?
Lakeview HospitalLakeview Hospital
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy usually involves treatment every day, Monday through Friday, for two hours...
More Answers
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy help heal wounds?
Dr. George E. Karras, MDDr. George E. Karras, MD
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal wounds by allowing adequate levels of oxygen to be delivered to...
More Answers
Why doesn't supplemental oxygen prevent me from getting short of breath?
COPD FoundationCOPD Foundation
When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD), low oxygen levels are actually caused by the fai...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.