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How can oxygen therapy help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If your breathing gets bad, oxygen can help make it easier. With COPD, your lungs don't absorb oxygen the way they should, so they can't get it to the rest of your body. That makes it harder for your body and your organs to do their jobs. When you use extra oxygen, breathing is easier and you're able to do more every day.

From: 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

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