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.
Oxygen in its pure form can act as a corrosive agent. Receiving pure oxygen over a period of time when you don’t have to is also largely unnecessary. There are many other things someone can do for beauty, skin and hair health, such as eating healthy raw foods, drinking the recommended daily amount of water and getting 8 hours of sleep each night. These things alone will do wonders for your outer appearance.
Pure oxygen can actually cause more harm than good over time, as it caused oxidation and the heightened production of free radicals, which actually cause the effects of aging. Oxidation is what happens when an apple is cut and the inside begins to turn brown after it’s been exposed to the air, and is a process of decay.
Why a Mini Oxygen Concentrator Isn’t Good Enough if You Have COPD
If someone with Emphysema were to use one of these mini “vanity” oxygen concentrators, they wouldn’t be getting the amount of pure oxygen they need. Some of these mini concentrators can only put out around .3 LPM, which is often no where near enough for most people who need oxygen therapy for a chronic illness.
If your doctor prescribed oxygen therapy, it’s because you don’t have enough oxygen in your bloodstream without it. You’ve been prescribed a certain amount of oxygen for a specific duration because that is what it takes to bring up your blood oxygen level to where it needs to be. Using an oxygen concentrator that doesn’t put out the amount of oxygen that you need can be very dangerous, because your blood oxygen level will be too low, causing damage to all parts of your body and lead to death.
Even though these new mini oxygen concentrators are much cheaper, you shouldn’t depend on them for your prescribed oxygen therapy needs. If you can’t currently afford to buy an oxygen concentrator outright, one of our customer service reps can help you arrange a payment plan that you can manage, so you can have the oxygen you need.