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A Beginner’s Guide To Using A Nebulizer


Nebulizers are commonly prescribed to those with respiratory conditions or disorders, including asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions are often characterized by symptoms such as swelling of the airway, coughing, and shortness of breath, which can be alleviated using nebulizer treatments.

Understanding How Nebulizers Work

A nebulizer is a machine that transforms liquid medication into a fine spray or mist that is inhaled into your lungs via a mask or mouthpiece. The medication might be an antibiotic, sterile saline solution, or a bronchodilator, depending on your specific condition. Nebulizers are easy to use and are suited for users of every age. Also, different types of medication can be administered simultaneously in large doses. However, some nebulizers are noisy and larger in size, with a long treatment time. 

Patient Solutions sells a portable, quiet, and lightweight Sunset Mini Mesh Nebulizer that nebulizes commonly prescribed medications in any setting. It fits easily into a handbag or backpack, allowing users to administer breathing treatments on the go.

Using a Nebulizer

Nebulizers are generally easy to use. You will most likely be briefed by your doctor or healthcare provider on the function and instructions. Here are the basic steps:

    • Wash your hands with soap and water. 
    • Set the machine down on a hard surface. Examine the air filter to determine if it is clean. If it is filthy, rinse it using cold water and let it air dry. Plug in the machine.
    • Get the medicine ready. Premixed medication can be opened and placed into the nebulizer’s medicine container. If you need to mix your medications, use a dropper or syringe to add the right prescribed dosage into the container.
    • Add saline to your medicine container if necessary. Regular sterile saline purchased from a pharmacy, and not homemade saline solution, should be used.
    • Use the tubing to connect the medicine container to the machine. The mask or mouthpiece should be attached to the top of the container.
    • Switch on the nebulizer and take deep, slow breaths using the mouthpiece, with your lips closed around it, or the face mask. Ensure that the medicine container is kept in an upright position during the entire treatment process.
  • The treatment would have commenced when all the medication has been used up or mist is no longer being emitted. 

Taking Care of Your Nebulizer

Nebulizers must undergo proper cleaning after each use. The parts, with the exception of the machine and tubing, should be washed with dish soap and sterile warm water, and left to dry before storing. The parts can also be attached to the machine and switched on to speed up the drying process. Nebulizer parts should also be disinfected every few days or so depending on manufacturer instructions by being soaked in a cleaning solution. 

Get A Nebulizer from Patient Solutions

New to nebulizers? Patient Solutions is the place to go for nebulizers and other types of respiratory medical equipment. We provide a wide range of high-quality medical equipment and supplies to clients in the military, both past and present, as well as their families, throughout the continental United States.