For many people, the difficulty associated with breathing can be a source anxiety, especially for children. It is not uncommon to need and administer some type of treatment or preventative measure on a daily basis to assist with breathing. One of the most widely used and trusted sources of breathing treatments is the nebulizer.
A nebulizer is a piece of medical equipment that a person with asthma or other respiratory conditions can use to administer medication directly and quickly.
How does it work?
Pressurized air passes through the a tube, turning the liquid medicine into a mist. During for example an asthma attack or a respiratory infection, the mist may be easier to inhale than spray from an inhaler. For this reason, a nebulizer is a more effective way to deliver the medication than an inhaler, which requires you to take a deep breath.
Doctors typically prescribe nebulizers to people with one of the following lung disorders:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- cystic fibrosis
Sometimes, a doctor will prescribe a nebulizer for a child who has a respiratory infection, such as bronchiolitis.
Nebulizers can deliver short-acting (rescue) or long-acting (maintenance to prevent acute attacks) asthma medication therapy. Examples of medications used in nebulizers include:
HOW TO USE
In general, a nebulizer is very easy to use, with only a few basic steps:
- Add the medicine to the medicine cup, according to the doctor’s prescription.
- Assemble the top piece, tubing, mask, and mouthpiece.
- Attach the mask to the machine, according to the instructions.
- Turn the nebulizer on; they can be battery- or electrically powered.
- While using the nebulizer, hold the mouthpiece and medicine cup upright to help deliver all the medication.
- Take slow, deep breaths through the mouthpiece and inhale all the medicine.
Please speak with the doctor or call the manufacturer with any questions or concerns about the device.
Pros of nebulizers
- They are easier to use when you are having an asthma attack, since you don’t need to take deep breaths while using one.
- Multiple medications can be delivered at the same time.
- A nebulizer may be easier to use with young children.
- Portable and especially rechargeable Nebulizers can be taken anywhere and anytime.
For added convenience, many patients will be interested to know that portable nebulizers have evolved to such a degree that they can often fit in your purse or a compartment of your car. Utilizing a cigarette lighter or power-port adapter, or rechargeable batteries, portable nebulizers can free patients from worrying about what will happen if they are away from home. They will always have access to their nebulizer medicine and can easily replace nebulizer parts if something gets broken or misplaced away from home.
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