If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and plan to travel soon, you may want to bring an oxygen concentrator along on your trip. However, many oxygen concentrators on the market may be too large or bulky to store or transport on your trip, especially if you want to see the sights. A lightweight oxygen concentrator may be just what you need. Lightweight oxygen concentrators come in portable sizes that you may store inside a discreet carrying case. In addition, there are other features you may like, including touchscreen controls. Here are three features of the best lightweight oxygen concentrators for travelers.
1. Portable and Discreet Carry Cases
Light oxygen concentrators may come in portable and discreet carrying cases that mimic backpacks, purses and carrying totes. The adjustable straps may also come in different sizes, which you can place across your shoulders to evenly distribute the concentrators' weight. If you have privacy concerns about your breathing condition or suffer from body pain, a lightweight oxygen device may provide you with some relief from these problems.
The portable equipment may also be of use when you dine in fine restaurants, travel on tour buses or stand in large crowds. Although oxygen concentrators are made of strong materials, they may break or damage easily when jostled or pressed upon.
A smaller sized oxygen concentrator may keep these issues from occurring. You may easily reposition the concentrator to a safe location on your body without disrupting your flow of oxygen for your sinusitis.
2. Easy to Transport Travel Carts
If you don't like wearing your oxygen concentrator during your travels, ask your medical equipment supplier about traveling carts. There are a number of traveling carts equipped to transport lightweight oxygen concentrators discreetly and safely.
The carts may feature caster wheels that help you navigate tight corners, around furnishings and on different terrains. You may want to purchase a traveling cart with caster wheels that move easily over grass, gravel, rough pavement, and sand.
Traveling carts for small oxygen concentrators may feature long, highly-adjustable handles. Depending on the brand and style, the handles may come with hand grips that alleviate stress on your fingers during transport.
Also, ask your medical supply store for information on the different styles of traveling carts. Some popular carts have multiple pockets that you may use to store your hotel room's key, makeup or many other personal items. The pockets may come with zippers or self-grip straps that secure any additional sinus infection medications you need to take.
3. Touchscreen Controls and Advanced Features
Being able to read the oxygen levels on your concentrator is essential, especially if you stay out late during your travels. If you need to use your machine for emergency oxygen, the touchscreen controls allow you to adjust your doses quickly and effectively. This is very important if you or the machine is low on oxygen.
The concentrator's advanced features may keep you updated on critical areas, such as the area's humidity levels, temperature and air pressure. These conditions may affect how well you may feel on your travels because they may create pressure in your nasal cavity, head, face, and ears.
For example, your ears may build up with pressure when you change altitudes. Not only does this cause ear pain, it may create discomfort in your sinuses. In addition, you may experience a shortness of breath, headaches and dizziness when the environment changes around you. The display screen's advanced features may give you a chance to adjust your flow of oxygen to improve your symptoms.
If you would like to know more about using a lightweight oxygen concentrator in your travels, contact your medical supply store today.