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A nebulizer transforms liquid medication into mist, allowing it to be inhaled directly into the lungs. Nebulizer treatments can be used for immediate relief of symptoms, or for maintenance, to help control symptoms.
Breathing treatments through a nebulizer are particularly effective for delivering:
In order for a nebulizer to provide effective treatment, it must be used correctly. For instructions on proper use, read: Types of Breathing Treatments for COPD. If, after reading the instructions, you continue to have difficulty, make an appointment with your doctor for a demonstration.
Nebulizers are manufactured for either home or portable use. Cleaning and disinfecting your nebulizer on a regular basis will ensure you get the right amount of medication while preventing infection.
Be sure to keep an extra nebulizer cup and mask or mouthpiece on hand in case of emergencies. Clean your nebulizer in a dust-free/smoke-free area away from open windows as follows:
Keep the following in mind when storing your nebulizer:
“Nebulizers: Home and Portable.” WebMD. Last reviewed May 10, 2014.
by Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN