Oxygen therapy should always be treated as a prescription drug, since using too much or not enough can be dangerous. If you come across an offer for a “mini portable oxygen concentrator” at a very low price – much lower than one of the top of the line, prescription only portable oxygen concentrators – it’s most definitely not something you should be using. Getting an oxygen concentrator without a prescription is a bad idea, especially for people with COPD or another illness that requires oxygen therapy.
Some of the new mini oxygen concentrators are actually being marketed as a beauty product. They claim that the additional pure oxygen is good for the skin and hair, as well as for the rest of the body’s function. While taking in pure oxygen over a period of time can be beneficial, it can also be a double-edged sword.