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What do I need to know about oxygen therapy for stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Fire is a serious risk when you have oxygen around. Keep these things in mind:

  • Avoid lotions and creams with petroleum jelly. Stick with water-based ones instead.
  • Be careful near heat sources, like stoves and heaters.
  • Don't smoke while taking oxygen or anywhere near the tank.
  • Stay away from open flames, such as matches and candles.

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2020

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2020

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