Is oxygen safe for long-term use?

Oxygen is safe for long-term use only if your doctor prescribes it. Long-term use of supplemental oxygen in people with chronic lung diseases is shown to be very beneficial, increasing life span, decreasing shortness of breath, reducing heart strain and improving sleep and exercise. Children with lung diseases who use oxygen therapy as they grow up may be better able to develop and grow at normal rates. If you are undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you may need dozens of sessions over a long period of time to treat your condition.

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