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Health Tip: Traveling With Oxygen

Take these precautions before you go

(HealthDay News) -- When traveling, people with lung problems who need supplemental oxygen need to plan for mobility -- how to get from one place to another between refills.

The American Lung Association (ALA) says that when traveling by plane, even people with lung disease who don't necessarily use oxygen at home may require in-flight oxygen. That's because the air pressure in a plane is lower during flight than on the ground. Be sure to clear your trip with your doctor before traveling.

You must contact the airline, rail, bus or cruise line to see if they have the necessary equipment, including electrical conversion if outside the United States.

When traveling by car or motor home, you have the freedom to carry your own portable oxygen equipment and to arrange for refills along the way. But remember to transport and store oxygen safely. The oxygen must be kept upright, away from heat and flame. Do not store it in the trunk where it can get very hot.

Also, because oxygen containers release small amounts periodically, keep a window partially open, regardless of the weather.

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