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How should I use oxygen?

You should use oxygen exactly as directed by your doctor. Supplemental oxygen at your home can be given through a pronged nasal tube that you attach between your nostrils, through a mask or through a tube in your neck that delivers oxygen right into your windpipe. The oxygen is supplied by an oxygen tank, a liquid oxygen canister or an electric oxygen concentrator system that uses oxygen from the air. Portable oxygen sources are available so that you can still go about your daily life while using oxygen. Your doctor will prescribe a flow rate and tell you when to use your oxygen.

For hyperbaric oxygen therapy at a hospital, you will receive instructions from your healthcare provider and will be monitored during the process. Sessions usually last one or two hours. You sit or lie in a room with altered air pressure or in an individual unit, which may make your ears feel like they need to "pop."

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