Hypoxemia is a condition in which the body is not getting enough oxygen. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart problems, and other conditions that affect the ability of the body to deliver oxygen to the tissues.
Symptoms of hypoxemia can include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, fatigue, and cyanosis (a blueish color to the skin, lips, and nails). In severe cases, hypoxemia can cause confusion, unconsciousness, and even death.
Treatment of hypoxemia may involve oxygen therapy, medications, or other treatments depending on the underlying cause. It is important to promptly seek medical attention if you suspect you may have hypoxemia.« Back to Glossary Index