A nebulizer is a device that converts liquid into a fine mist that can be inhaled. Nebulization is the term used for treatment that involves administering medication through a nebulizer.
Because breathing in misted medication is easier than swallowing pills or taking other forms of respiratory therapy, it is often prescribed for children, infants and patients who have difficulty swallowing or sitting upright. It is a common type of treatment for airway inflammation caused by conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleep apnea. Nebulization may also be prescribed to treat allergic reactions that cause anaphylaxis – an acute swelling of the airways – as well as viral or fungal infections like pneumonia or bronchitis.
The initial nebulization treatment is often performed in a hospital or doctor’s office where the patient is taught how to continue treatments at home. Each treatment takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Here is what to expect:
Find nebulizer cups, masks and tubing sold individually as well as reusable and disposable nebulizer kits with mouthpieces or masks for adults and children in various sizes and styles. Also find tracheostomy masks and other breathing therapy supplies like spirometers, individual saline doses and more.