Home use of inhalers or oxygen cylinders to get rid of the effects of coronavirus, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing with little exercise, is unacceptable. This was warned by a pulmonologist, general director of the Lor-Asthma clinic, Sergei Puryasev, in an interview with Sputnik radio.
“Pure oxygen, roughly speaking, burns the lungs, because it is a powerful oxidant, it coagulates the lungs. This is a temporary emergency method, but not for permanent use,”he said, urging Russians to be careful with this method of treatment.
According to him, the criterion for the appointment of these funds is a low saturation indicator, that is, blood oxygen saturation. Thus, you can gain time, for example, to get to a hospital.
At the same time, pure oxygen may be needed at home to compensate for POS or symptoms of COVID-19 itself. “For critically ill patients who no longer need inpatient treatment, there is a special oxygen concentrator. They are given to patients in hospitals and clinics,”Puryasev added. At the same time, he noted that this is an expensive device, so it is prescribed by a doctor's decision for a while.
In November 2020, the infectious disease doctor Maria Myasnikova recommended lying on her stomach more during treatment for COVID-19, since this position increases the rate of blood oxygen saturation. “For convenience, you can put one pillow under the ribcage, and the other under the pelvis, so that the stomach sags a little. A person will be more comfortable in this way, the lungs will be straightened. It is difficult for overweight people to lie on their stomachs, we recommend lying on their side,”the specialist clarified. To speed up recovery, she recommended breathing exercises and eliminating serious physical activity.