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

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Severe COPD can prevent you from getting enough air into your lungs. As a result, oxygen levels in your blood can get too low. Therapy increases these levels to help you stay active and healthy.

You breathe in oxygen through a mask or prongs in your nose. It can come from a big home unit, or a small tank you carry around with you. You might need oxygen all the time or only when you're active.

From: Treatments for COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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