When you have received a COPD diagnosis, it is often followed by a prescription for medical grade oxygen.
You are left feeling overwhelmed with a wealth of new knowledge you must retain. With COPD you may have a need for supplemental medical grade oxygen. Medical grade oxygen treatment is typically delivered through a tube with two nasal prongs. This is better known as a nasal cannula.
Nasal cannulas are designed to be inserted into your nostrils and attached to your portable or home oxygen concentrator. Meaning they become dirty very quickly and regularly. So you need to make it a top priority to regularly replace and clean your nasal cannulas.
Reading COPD forums and blogs, there are countless patients saying something along the lines of “my oxygen provider tells me to only change my nasal cannula after I’ve had a respiratory infection, such as a cold.” Or “with regular cleaning you should only replace your nasal cannula 1-2 times a month.”
One of the symptoms of COPD is a persistent wet cough. Some coughing is part of the condition and is necessary to help keep passageways clear but there may be other factors that are contributing to your cough.
The days are getting a little bit longer and the weather is getting a little bit milder. Color is starting to appear on the ground and leaves are starting to sprout on the trees. Despite the fact that it's still cold in some parts of the country, there's no doubt that spring has sprung for 2018. Spring can be a beautiful time of year but for COPD patients, increased pollen and other allergens in the air means increased risk of exacerbation. A study conducted at prestigious, Johns Hopkins showed that those with COPD or other chronic respiratory conditions were at risk for exacerbation following a histamine, or allergy attack.