The treatment for hypoxia depends on the underlying cause. The cause might be a one-time event or it could be an ongoing condition. Treatments might include: Inhaled steroids that can open up your airways to treat asthma or other lung disease. Medications that help to reduce excess fluid on the lungs (diuretics). Continuous positive airways pressure mask (CPAP) to treat sleep apnea. BiLevel positive airway pressure (often known under the trade name BiPAP®) to treat COPD or and some kinds of sleep apnea. Supplemental oxygen to treat ongoing (chronic) hypoxia. An oxygen delivery device is attached to your nose with a mask or tubes to increase the amount of oxygen getting into your lungs and down to your alveoli. Mechanical ventilation in a hospital, in circumstances of severe acute hypoxia (sudden onset). How do I manage the symptoms of hypoxia? If you experience symptoms like confusion, rapid heart rate or breathing, or if you notice your nails, lips, or skin appear bluish, you should seek medical attention immediately. Hypoxia should be treated right away to prevent permanent organ damage. COPD and other medical conditions may cause chronic hypoxia with less severe symptoms. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about managing your specific condition to reduce your symptoms and the risk of your oxygen levels dropping too low.