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Oxygen Therapy - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Oxygen therapy refers to the supplemental oxygen that is given to people who have difficulty in breathing and due to an underlying condition that may not get the desired oxygen levels needed. Oxygen is mandatory for every activity to be performed in your body. A reduction in the oxygen intake can lead to severe complications, and if your brain is deprived of oxygen for a period, it can be fatal. Often a person can have a medical condition that restricts their oxygen intake or in some cases even if they intake; the body doesn’t absorb enough oxygen. Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and people who have pneumonia, asthma, heart conditions and lung diseases are more susceptible to less oxygen intake, and they would require assistance. The normal oxygen levels needed for your body is between 75 and 100 mmHg. Any person whose oxygen levels fall below these measures can be a suitable candidate for the oxygen therapy. Also, too much oxygen can also be harmful to your body. Your levels should not exceed 110mmHg. Do consult with your doctor about the condition you have and accordingly chart out the session where you can receive the oxygen therapy.

How is the treatment done?

There are different types by which the oxygen can be channeled and delivered to you. It depends on whether you have the treatments in a medical center or at a private place. The most common method is the nasal cannula, which consists of tubes that are fixed to your nostrils. The other methods may be the nonrebreather mask and the incubator facility for infants. There are different types of oxygen therapies used. The most common being the oxygen gas treatment. Oxygen is stored in portable cylinders and tanks and used as needed. A small portable oxygen tank can also be carried out with you. The liquid oxygen tank is the other method and is available in a more concentrated form. Both these types can be made portable. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is most innovative treatment and is widely accepted globally. In these methods, people breathe in pure oxygen in pressurized chambers. These types of treatment are mostly done in sessions and can be used to treat chronic infections and in some cases injury and wounds.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Oxygen therapy is administered to people who have a low oxygen intake and who cannot get enough oxygen on their own. So anyone who has a chronic condition in their lungs is a suitable candidate for oxygen therapy. The treatment is done as early as possible once the condition is diagnosed as intake of oxygen is mandatory for all your needs and day to day activities.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Not all persons who have a lung infection or oxygen deprivation need to take oxygen therapy. Your doctor would suggest taking these treatments when the oxygen levels in the blood fall below the permissible rates. You would be required to have a detailed consultation with your doctor about this.

Are there any side effects?

There are not exactly side effects but having oxygen therapy can change your lifestyle and your day to day patterns. You have to identify your work nature and the time you feel breathlessness and work accordingly to give oxygen to your body in these times. Not all the people would require oxygen at all the time. It depends on the condition and how far the person’s oxygen intake levels go.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The guidelines can depend on your condition and the type of oxygen intake mechanism you use. You have to ensure that the oxygen tanks are kept in an airy room with enough ventilation. Also, do not smoke or keep any flammable materials when the person takes an oxygen therapy. It would be mandatory to keep a fire extinguisher as a safety measure and install fire alarms in your house or premises.

How long does it take to recover?

The recovery period once again depends on the condition for which you are taking the oxygen therapy. For people with breathlessness and other symptoms, you might have to use this only when necessary. However, for people with serious ailments, these have to be continued for an extended period. Have regular visits with your doctor, and they can advise you as to when you can stop taking these treatments.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

In India, the treatment is done as sessions, and you have to undergo the treatment only in designated medical centers. There are only a handful of hospitals that offers portable oxygen therapy at home and work. The sessions can range from INR 1500 to INR 2000 per session. A person on an average has to take about 30 to 40 sessions to reap the benefits.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The permanency once again depends on the condition you are treated for. If you are having a chronic condition like asthma, pneumonia, lung disorders and respiratory disorders you might have to get back to the treatment after some time to increase the oxygen intake. But most of the people have reduced symptoms after undergoing these treatments, and there are high chances that their relief is permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

As an alternative, you can change your diet and can intake foods that are rich in antioxidants. They effectively cleanse your body and can clean the toxin levels accumulated. This can indirectly promote oxygen intake, and you can lead a secure life. Do check with your doctor before you change your diet and the types of food you can safely have.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Recovery Time: Medium Price Range: RS. 1500 - Rs. 2000 per session

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Oxygen Facial Therapy And it's Benefits!

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Dermatologist, Mumbai
Oxygen Facial Therapy And it's Benefits!

Oxygen is necessary to rejuvenate aging and dull skin. Oxygen facial therapy opens all clogged pores of your face through all the layers. It helps to reduce and eliminate problems like wrinkles, fine lines and acne. Oxygen facial therapy gets the skin on your face to breathe and makes it radiant. Following is the information you need to know to consider Oxygen facial therapy:

  1. The Oxygen levels tend to drop since the age of 25 and by 40 at least 50% of the skin's Oxygen retaining capacity gets impaired. When the skin lacks Oxygen the blood vessels get constricted and it adversely affects the skin's ability to function normally.
  2. Dull and aging skin can't be covered up with makeup or following skin care regimen after a certain point of time. Stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy lifestyles etc can take a toll on your skin.

Benefits of Oxygen facial therapy

  1. Oxygen facial therapy can increase the benefits of other topical application of skin care products exponentially
  2. It increases the elasticity of the skin along with the strength of collagen
  3. It increases the number of red blood cells
  4. It makes your skin more supple and radiant
  5. It acts as a stimulator for the immune system
  6. Aids in restricting capillary damage and increases blood flow
  7. Increases the ability of the skin to heal
  8. Gives you an even skin tone
  9. Diminishes inflammation and reddish appearance of the skin
  10. Helps to heal wounds on the skin 

    If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist and ask a free question.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 36 years old female. Is oxygen facial therapy useful? Also Please tell price of it.

General Physician, Mumbai
Facial therapy depends on the type of skin and any lesions present and so cost to be told after clinical examination.
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What is ozone or oxygen therapy. Is it safe & no side-effect. Is it possible to get cured of muscular dystrophy by ozone therapy.

MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Surat
Muscular dystrophy has no available treatment at present. Ozone is not a modality of treatment for muscular dystroply. It is a genetic disease. Till date no treatment is available for cure. But people can live with the disease with some limitations.

Can Chronic Mercury Poisoning Patient can seek treatment at which places and does his symptoms go out by how many sessions of chelation therapy and the price will be how much? If there any use of Hyper basic Oxygen Therapy for chronic mercury poisoning?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Chelation therapy for acute inorganic mercury poisoning can be done with DMSA, 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS), D-penicillamine (DPCN), or dimercaprol (BAL).

I (59) COPD Patient working in Bank. Detected since 2011. My oxygen saturation level is going down. How to improve oxygen?

DNB(Respiratory Diseases), MBBS
Pulmonologist, Jabalpur
Take regularly the bronchodilator inhalers, a variety of them are available now. If still the oxygen level is less with optimum treatment then you may have to take supplemental oxygen therapy. But most important is to stop smoking, if you do so.
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I am having continuous hairfall since last two years. There are few very small blisters on my scalp which breaks as I comb. I have tried many shampoos and tried massage of coconut oil with lemon twice a week but no help. I feel there is dandruff gathered in my scalp. Should I try oxygen therapy or any other scalp therapies? What should I use to cleanse my hairs on regular basis?

Homeopath, Kolkata
Thank you for writing to us. Please note the following for your condition: the head should be massaged slowly with oil or shampoo while bathing or cleaning hairs resulting blood circulation becomes fast and the skin of the head is protected from dryness. Shampoo should be used only two times a week. Hairs should be washed with curd for removing dandruff. Spicy or fried foodstuffs should not be eaten. Excessive cream or jell should not be applied on hairs.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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ECMO - Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
I am Dr. Kewal Krishan. I am a cardiac surgeon at max hospital, Saket. I am director of heart transplant ventricular assist device program. We have a separate vertical. Its only vertical in this country.

A spate department for heart transplant ventricle assist device and ECMO. When I was trained in US at MIO clinic and mount san in New York and then I came back to India and we started this ECMO program. ECMO is a Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. When your patient is on ventilator in ICU and they are told that we don t have any other option. When your lungs are completely diseased because of swine flu or other pneumonia or some any reason. The ventilator despise 100% settings of ventilator a full ventrilatory support, they are not being oxygenated, the organs will dead and the patient will die. So what we do is we put these patients are referred to us to put the patient on ECMO. ECMO is basically takes out 5 litters of blood in a minute from the body and puts back the oxygenated blood. Weather your lungs are working or not for a few days we can be use this. This thing, this thing, this particular therapy can be used up to 28 days to 36 days and what we do is we put the patient on ECMO, the ventilator settings we keep to the down level so the hearts, the lungs they get, they take rest. And it can be used either for heart or for lungs or for both the organs and once the patients get better we wean the ECMO and we put the patient, we remove the ECMO and patient goes home safely. We have done so far 52 ECMOs . so probably this is the maximum number in the country. We have referral number center for ECMO in this north India and, and our results are close to, to the international results, 60 to 70% results. I am talking of those patients those who otherwise would have died had they not put on ECMO. So believe me it s a very important tools to save many lives. If your patient is on ventilator and Dr. says now there is no chance for survival you should first, I think you should concern, consult for weather their patient can be put on ECMO and save their life. And that s the way we save many lives because of far acute conditions.

Thank you very much and if you can, you can go more on detail on this you go on my website, or you can go to Lybrate website.
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PRP Therapy For Hair Loss!
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Hi I am doctor Sandesh Gupta, dermatologist and hair treatment Doctor. Aaj m aapko hair treatment ki bahut he khaas or effective treatment k baare m btauda jisko hum kehte hain PRP.

agr hum hair treatment ki baat Karen to bhaut saare hair treatment k bhaut sari cheeze hair treatment use krte hai .bhaut sare factor hote hain hair treatment k lie or cause or bahut sari uski treatment PRP ek Aisa treatment hai jisko hum kisi v conventional treatment k Saath add kr skte hai. Even homeopathy treatment k Saath v PRP kr skte hai Ayurvedic treatment k Saath bhi hum PRP kr skte hain or kisi v disease k Saath PRP therapy de skte hain.

PRP kya hota hai?

PRP is plated rich plasma. isme blood m se hum 10ml blood lete hai patient ka or blood leke uska plated rich plasma banate hain. iss plasma m Jo platelets ki concentration hoti hai usually 8 to 10 times jyada hoti or ye platelets Jo hoti hai iske anadr bahut sari work factor hoti hai energy ka source hote hai oxygen carrying capacity iski jyada hoti hai to ye jaise he patient ki skin m isko incorporate krte hai to ye andar jati h or hair follicles pe react krti or apne Saath bhaut sare factors le jaati hai jisse hum hair ko repair kr skte hai restore kr skte hai remake kr skte hai ab kuki ye patients ka apna he blood hota hai its patients own blood to isme jb wapis scalp m dalte hai to kisi v tarah ki immune reaction ya side effect hone k chances isme nhi rehte hai.

ab hum isko kaise banate hai ye batata hu apko hum patient ka 10ml plasma lete hai usko double centrifuge technique se ek khaas tarah ki tubes m blood lia jata hai or isme hum double centrifuge technique se isko centrifuge krte hai or centrifuge v normal nahi hota ye ek particular temperature pe centrifuge Kia jata hai or centrifuge krne k baad hum isme se 2 to 3ml plasma banate hai. Ye plasma platelet rich v hota hai ek plasma platelet poor hota hai to hum platelet rich plasma ko separate krte hai isme milate hain. Usko firse rakh fir hum patients k scalp m plasma ko Inject krte hai isme hum derma ruler ki madad se ye derma ruler hota hai isme bahut sari needles hoti hai or in needels ko hum iske upar chalate hai or upar se plated plasma ki drops dalte rehte hai to in hole se Jo holes hum isse create krte hai usme thousands of hole bnte hai unke through is plated plasma ko incorporate krte h yehi kaam hum simple needles se v kr skte hai lekin thoda sa painful hota h isme pain k chances bhaut kum ho jaate hai is steps se hum 30 30 days m at least 6 to 8 times plated plasma therapy de skte hain.

conventional treatment k Saath Jo bhi usually 6 to 8 months ka hota hai ye bhi hum 6 to 8 times kr skte hai to isse hum patient ko bhaut accha condition m phauncha sakte hai kuki normal Jo kaam hum krte hai conventional medicine se usse jitne growth aati h usually usse 20 se 30% growth aati h additional 20 30% growth hum isse le skte hai unn baalo m jahan par phle se follicles hain or jahan follicles damage hai ya kum develope hue hai ye tha PRP k baare m easyfy version kya hota hai kaise hota hai bhaut sari myth thi PRP k baare m

Toh isse hum PRP k baare m bhaut saare doubts clear kr skte hai incase of any queries & any further questions you can contact me on Lybrate website.
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Oxygen Jet Peel Facial
Hi, I am Dr. Nivedita Dadu. I am a dermatologist at Chronology Skin Clinic. The URL for Scientology is Today I will be discussing about Oxygen jet peel facial. This is a revolutionary approach that utilizes the properties of jet technology influencing oxygen and saline into the skin cells using or specially designed microjet handpiece. Unlike chemical peels, oxypeels work by biologically exfoliating your dead cells, thereby imparting oxygen into the basal layer of the skin where new skin cells are being generated. This is followed by spontaneous delivery of ripening cocktails anti-ageing collapse boosters or anti acne or serums depending on your skin concerns.

The benefits of oxy peel jet facials includes;

Our dislodging and exfoliating the dry damaged and dead skin cells unclogging your pores removing the dirt and makeup that may build up on the skin surface over time.
Rejuvenating the skin that has been exposed to pollutants smokes and other toxins that stops the cells of their oxygen.
Control your skin's sebum production which is the main cause for acne.
Removes the film of bacteria on the surface of the skin. Hydrating the skin oxygenating the skin and thereby improving the microcirculation of the skin.
A treatment of oxygen feel facial is a 15-minute procedure and it is painless non-invasive comfortable with no downtime. It includes moisturization of the skin followed by microdermabrasion to remove your day. This is followed by oxygen infusion into the skin along with saline serum jetting with whitening anti aging and anti acne serum which are electro politically penetrated into the skin to enhance their penetration and this is followed by a face pack. At the end of the session you can expect a supple and plump skin which is nourished and rejuvenated.

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