Asthma Nebulizer …should you have one?

The most commonly prescribed method of getting medicine into your system for asthma is asthma inhalers.

Certain groups of people with asthma, including infants and young children, may not be able to take their asthma medication through an inhaler.  When an inhaler is not an option, there are asthma nebulizers to treat asthma.

Asthma nebulizers are machines that change liquid asthma medication into a mist that is breathed in through a face mask.  Asthma nebulizers most commonly consist of:

  • air compressors
  • nebulizer cup
  • tubing and mouth piece

In some instances, asthma nebulizers replace air compressors with sonic waves. The main function of the device stays the same – to deliver asthma medication directly to the lungs in a way that is easier to inhale than by using an inhaler.

Asthma medication and nebulizers must be prescribed by a physician in order to be purchased.  Instructions provided by a physician should be carefully followed.  Most commonly, someone will demonstrate how to use the device before you are left to operate it on your own.

Can You Use A Nebulizer Too Much?

Most often, the asthma medicine will come in liquid form, and should be carefully measured by using the nebulizer cup.  To operate an asthma nebulizer for a breathing treatment, you should do the following:

1.  First, you should accurately measure asthma medication into the nebulizer cup.

2.  Secondly, make sure the nebulizer cup is closed, and attach the face mask to the top.

3.  Next, connect the nebulizer cup to the air compressor using the provided tubing.

4.  After connecting the nebulizer cup to the air compressor, turn on the air compressor.

5.  Now, place the face mask over your face and breath in and out easily.  Continue breathing slowly and deeply until all of the medication in the nebulizer cup is gone.

A standard breathing treatment taken by using an asthma nebulizer commonly takes between seven and ten minutes in time.  While some asthma patients find the treatment time relaxing, others find it frustrating and tiresome.  If you find treatments using a nebulizer difficult, discuss other treatment options with your doctor.

Not only must asthma nebulizers be used properly in order to be effective, they must also be cleaned and maintained.  Cleaning the nebulizer cup after each treatment is essential, as well as the face mask.  Washing the cup and face piece with a mild detergent each night is recommended, as well as disinfect the equipment at least every three days.

By taking proper care of your asthma nebulizer, you are doing two things.  First, you are helping to prevent infection, due to dirty equipment.  Secondly, you are helping to ensure that the nebulizer is doing the job it is supposed to be doing. This in turn gives the asthma sufferer the best form of asthma control.