A nebulizer is a piece of medical equipment that a person with asthma or another respiratory condition can use to administer medication directly and quickly to the lungs.
The nebulizer turns liquid medicine into a very fine mist that a person can inhale through a face mask or mouthpiece. Taking medicine this way allows it to go straight into the lungs and the respiratory system where it is needed.
Doctors typically prescribe nebulizers to people with one of the following lung disorders:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- cystic fibrosis
Before a person starts taking medicine with a nebulizer, a doctor or nurse will explain how the nebulizer works and answer any questions.
Each nebulizing machine operates a little differently. It is crucial to read the instructions for the particular device that the doctor has prescribed.
In general, a nebulizer is very easy to use, with only a few basic steps:
- Wash the hands.
- Add the medicine to the medicine cup, according to the doctor's prescription.
- Assemble the top piece, tubing, mask, and mouthpiece.
- Turn the nebulizer on; they can be battery- or electrically powered.
- Take slow, deep breaths through the mouthpiece and inhale all the medicine.
Please speak with the doctor or call the manufacturer with any questions or concerns about the device.