We have spoken to teens just like you who use home oxygen therapy so just put your feet up, chill out and have a look through this info:
There is nothing stopping you heading out, having fun with your friends and going on dates.
If you’re out with friends tell them what to do if you start to feel poorly, that way if anything happens to you when you’re out with them, they’ll be able to do something to help. Store our Healthcare Helpline number – 0800 373580 – in your mobile, just in case you need it.
We give you a carry bag for your portable cylinder as we want to make sure that it can be carried easily and is secure when you’re out. If you can use something of your own which looks loads better – go ahead – use it to carry your cylinder, we’ve got no issue with that. The only thing we ask is that you make sure the cylinder is secure and not rolling or rattling around.
Make sure that any make up, facewash, moisturiser and spot creams you’re planning to use do not have any oil or petroleum-based products within them. Using any product that has oil or petroleum products in them on your skin where your oxygen touches can irritate the skin and cause dryness, redness or sores. If you’re having trouble finding something that both works without any oil or petroleum products in it, have a chat with the beauty specialists in a department store, a pharmacist or your GP.
In the summer it is essential that skin is protected from the sun by using a high factor suncream, but it is really important that any creams containing oils are petroleum products are not used anywhere on the skin. If you’re not sure which suncreams to use, you can check the ingredients shown on the bottle or speak to your pharmacist and explain the situation.
Never ever smoke whilst you’re using oxygen. Oxygen is a gas which when mixed with fire can make things burn superfast, loads faster than they will do normally – so don’t do it. Apart from that, it’s not likely to make you any better.
If your friends smoke, have a word and ask them to do it out of your way.