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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 an inhaler.
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Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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