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Can you have too much oxygen?
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RE: Can you have too much oxygen?
(09-01-2019, 10:34 AM)S.L. Ping Beauty Wrote: Because of the altitude where I live, I am on O2  in addition to the CPAP. Prescribed level is 2 LPM.

... But is there any downside to turning it up? ...

Is there any harm in too much oxygen?

Yes, definitely, too much oxygen can be very harmful.
Here is an article which explains that many patients have been permanently harmed by too much supplemental oxygen:
[font=verdana, sans-serif, arial]https://www.ems1.com/columnists/mike-mcevoy/articles/1308955-Can-oxygen-hurt/
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RE: Can you have too much oxygen?
(09-02-2019, 08:53 PM)vsheline Wrote:
(09-01-2019, 10:34 AM)S.L. Ping Beauty Wrote: Because of the altitude where I live, I am on O2  in addition to the CPAP. Prescribed level is 2 LPM.

... But is there any downside to turning it up? ...

Is there any harm in too much oxygen?


Yes, definitely, too much oxygen can be very harmful.

Here is an article which explains that many patients have been permanently harmed by too much supplemental oxygen:

https://www.ems1.com/columnists/mike-mcevoy/articles/1308955-Can-oxygen-hurt/


Take care,
— Vaughn

Thanks Vaughn for reference to that very informative article. Too much of many otherwise helpful things can be dangerous. Everybody knows that adequate water consumption is good for us but too much water can be detrimental, leading to water intoxication for one thing. If we suspect that supplemental oxygen or more than the prescribed amount of supplemental oxygen is needed we should monitor our SpO2 for several nights before changing anything. A wrist pulse oximeter will help to understand what is going on. Seek medical advice before making any significant changes.
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