You may ask, I often use a household oxygen concentrator for oxygen inhalation, will I become dependent on oxygen inhalation? In particular, the elderly will worry that they will become dependent on oxygen after inhaling oxygen, which will be detrimental to their health! Here we will explain to you the question of whether oxygen inhalation will produce dependence or not. Please do not worry.
First of all, even if you regularly use a household oxygen concentrator to inhale oxygen, you will not become dependent on oxygen inhalation. The reasons will be explained in detail below. These are not what we said, they are all well-documented and summarized.
In medicine, the term "dependence" is used exclusively for drug dependence, also known as: "drug habituation" or "drug addiction", which refers to the development of a drug, especially one that acts on the nervous system mental or (and) physical dependence on the drug; self-imposed long-term chronic or periodic use of the addictive drug by the patient in order to seek the psychological effect after taking the drug and avoid the pain caused by the withdrawal of the drug.
(1) Mental dependence: refers to the patient's abnormal thirst for the addictive drug, so as to obtain the abnormal pleasure after taking the drug.
(2) Physiological dependence: refers to the fact that after the patient takes a certain drug repeatedly, a certain pathophysiological change occurs in the central nervous system, so that the drug needs to persist in the body to avoid special withdrawal symptoms caused by drug withdrawal.
In oxygen therapy, no drugs enter the human body at all, and what supplements the human body is only the oxygen that has been continuously ingested throughout life. Supplemental oxygen inhalation only directly increases the oxygen content of arterial blood, improves the hypoxic state of the human body, restores and promotes the virtuous cycle of the metabolic process, and relieves the pain of hypoxia symptoms. Therefore, pregnant women, people suffering from hypoxia, and emergency patients will recommend oxygen.
Oxygen inhalation directly increases the oxygen content of arterial blood, rather than acting on a certain part of the body to indirectly improve hypoxia; it is only increasing the oxygen that the body has been ingesting throughout life, and there are no substances that are unfamiliar to the body, need to adapt, and need to be analyzed; thus It only improves rather than changes the body's natural physiological state and biochemical environment; this is fundamentally different from taking drugs or taking drugs, which are not substances that the human body has been ingesting all the time. Dependence leads to addiction. However, people who take oxygen health care will not feel discomfort after stopping oxygen inhalation, but after a long time of stopping oxygen inhalation, some of the original symptoms may recur. Therefore, oxygen inhalation will not be dependent.
Oxygen inhalation is also oxygen therapy. Regular oxygen therapy has a health care effect on the body. Oxygen is not a medicine at all. It exists in nature and is an element necessary for human survival. When we use a home oxygen concentrator to inhale oxygen, we only increase the concentration of oxygen we inhale, thereby increasing the oxygen content of the arteries, improving the hypoxic condition of our body, restoring or promoting the body's metabolism to a certain extent, and establishing a better virtuous cycle and relieve the pain caused by hypoxia.
Now you know that oxygen won't create dependence.