Many people with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) use supplemental oxygen at home. Unfortunately, it can cause dryness in the throat, nose, or mouth. It can also cause irritated skin and nose bleeds. When people in our online community and support group share their story and personal journey with PF, they often ask for more information on using supplemental oxygen more comfortably.
Here are some ways to manage these challenges:
- Use a humidifier or a nasal spray to avoid nose bleeds and to minimize injury to the inside of your nose; a humidifier bottle can also be attached to your oxygen concentrator to help add moisture into the oxygen
- Apply a thin coating of a moisturizing balm, sesame seed oil, or coconut oil to the inside of your nostrils with the tip of a cotton swab or a clean finger (moisturizing balms specifically made for dry nasal passages due to oxygen therapy are available in the market)
- Drink warm lemon tea with honey to help with dry mouth
In addition to these tips, there are also simple ways to increase oxygen levels in the air of your home. If you live in a warm climate or your house gets warm, you can visit this link to discover ideas for managing the heat.
To learn more about using supplemental oxygen, please visit these blogs:
- Night-time Supplemental Oxygen Use and Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Supplemental Oxygen Safety Tips
- Supplemental Oxygen: Tanks vs Concentrators