We’ve all heard about physical therapy, but have you heard of oxygen therapy? Many have confused the term oxygen therapy with the effects of an ACT system. What are the differences between what the ACT system does and oxygen therapy? Let us explain.
Oxygen therapy is a method for treating illnesses such as COPD by flowing 95% oxygen, through a nasal cannula. In most cases, supplemental oxygen is a safe option when prescribed by a doctor and used correctly. Oxygen therapy MUST be prescribed by a physician before using it.
Like any other medical treatment, there is a chance for potential side effects. It is important to take note of the potential side effect before starting oxygen therapy. Some of the side effects to note are:
- Fire Hazard – Oxygen itself is not a flammable gas, however, it does aid in combustion. Never use the oxygen near an open flame, heat source, furnace, or stove. Do not smoke while using oxygen and avoid personal care products that contain petroleum.
- Oxygen Toxicity – In some cases, people exposed to oxygen for a long period are at risk for oxygen toxicity. The symptoms of oxygen toxicity include airway irritation and shortness of breath. This normally does not affect people who are using oxygen therapy as prescribed. The more likely cause of oxygen toxicity is in people with extended exposure to oxygen for example people on a ventilator.
- Nasal Irritation – Due to the drying effect of oxygen therapy in the nasal canal skin dryness and irritation may occur.
So, you might ask, what is the difference is in an ACT system and the term oxygen therapy?
An ACT system pumps oxygen into your bedroom to simulate sea level. You are not receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula. With an ACT system, you are breathing additional oxygen in the comfort of your home without having to have an obtrusive object on your body. An ACT system does not require a physician’s prescription and is not considered a medical treatment.
ACT oxygenation system has no side effects. ACT’s oxygenation system is approved by NFPA certified engineers to ensure complete fire safety. With ACT’s system, there is no increased risk of fire. All air separation systems produce an oxygen-depleted air which must be managed properly. ACT’s is the only system to meet the CDC’s standard for safe oxygen levels everywhere in the system, so you can feel sure of your environment in any part of the house. ACT’s unique technology manages air exchange to keep the air fresh, removing stale air and providing clean fresh air that is always comfortable to breathe. ACT is the only technology that meets the federal government’s standard for indoor air quality. ACT systems filter the air to remove impurities. Then it is filtered again through a HEPA filter before being run through a molecular sieve. Your bedroom will have the highest quality air in the house.
The difference between an ACT system and a portable oxygen device is obvious. If you have a severe medical respiratory illness oxygen therapy prescribed by a doctor is what would suit you. If you are looking to relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness, sleep better, and have more energy for your mountain lifestyle, ACT would be the best option. Find out more about ACT at www.act-o2.com