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A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist. You breathe in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine directly to your airways and lungs. You breathe in the medicine for a few minutes.
A nebulizer may be used to treat respiratory problems. These include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have asthma, it can be used with daily controller medicines or with quick-relief medicine during an attack or flare-up.
A nebulizer can make inhaling medicines easier. It may be very helpful if it is hard for you to breathe or use your inhalers.
Here are the steps for using a tabletop nebulizer:
Make sure that it is steady and will not tip, and then plug it in.
Hold each breath for about 2 seconds.
There will be no more mist coming out. This may take about 10 minutes.
Use warm, soapy water. Let it air dry. After every few uses, follow the product directions to disinfect the parts.
Current as of: November 14, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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