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Breathe Deep!! Choosing Your Nebulizer

Breathe Deep!! Choosing Your Nebulizer
Kevin Cleary

Sometimes when we have a hard time breathing our doctors may prescribe us medication to help open our airways. Congestion in our chests or lungs can be caused by many different reasons, such as bronchitis, asthma, or even allergies. While these medications your doctor prescribes can be taken orally, this means being absorbed into the bloodstream and delivering the medicine to where it’s needed. This takes time, so the use of a nebulizer to deliver this medicine directly to your airways and lungs can be more effective.

Who needs Nebulizers?

As it turns out, breathing is relatively important to us humans. When our breathing becomes compromised, even by the slightest amount, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Usually, our bodies deal with some kind of respiratory malady by coughing, but sometimes there can be reasons that require medication. Some of the reasons for nebulizers listed at include asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, or even the flu. These types of ailments all affect our airways making it difficult to get a full breath or feel like pressure on our chests.

How Does a Nebulizer Work?

The medication a doctor may prescribe for your breathing ailment may be in liquid form. As points out, a nebulizer changes this medication from a liquid form into a mist so that it may be easily inhaled directly into the lungs. By using a nebulizer, it easily delivers medication directly to the affected area. A nebulizer uses compressed air that is pressed through the liquid medicine creating an aerosol that is easily inhaled, making breathing the only skill needed.

By using either a mouthpiece or a mask, the user does not have to coordinate pressing and inhaling at the same time as an asthma inhaler. Once the mist begins just breathe normally and the proper dosage of medication is administered directly into your lungs. In order to deliver this medication, a nebulizer mouthpiece is necessary and is available in either a disposable or reusable style. Disposable nebulizers can be used 3-4 times before needing to be discarded, while a reusable nebulizer can be used for up to six months. Examples of disposable and reusable nebulizers are:

Both of these require careful cleaning for multiple uses and should be air-dried in order to avoid any possible contaminants (such as lint) from being inhaled as well as any possible negative effects on the medicine being delivered. A small child may balk at the idea of wearing a mask. If so, a nebulizer can still be effective by holding the mouthpiece directly under their nose so that when they inhale the medicated aerosol is breathed in directly.

Once the correct dosage of medication has been administered, the aerosol mist will disappear and the respiratory session is over. Below is a diagram of an example of a nebulizer mouthpiece:

Top Selling Pediatric Nebulizer Compressors

Many children may get prescribed medication, such as albuterol, to help with a respiratory problem. One way to make this respiratory therapy session kid-friendly is to use a nebulizer designed specifically for children. Our top takes in pediatric nebulizers are -

  • Jo Jo the Jellyfish - The ReliaMed Jo Jo the Jellyfish Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer Kit is child-friendly therefore making their treatment more enjoyable.
  • Beagle the Dog - Another way to encourage therapy compliance is the Drive Beagle Pediatric Nebulizer Compressor. Is there anything that makes a child smile more than a puppy? This will allow your child to have fun while taking their medicine.
  • Car - For kids that love cars, the Drive Checker Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer With Aerosol Mask appeals to children making medicine time, playtime!!
  • Train - Many children love trains, hence the Graham-Field John Bunn Neb-u-Tyke Train Pediatric Nebulizer Compressor. It comes complete with an accessory kit that includes interactive stickers for our little patients to customize their train.
  • Sami the Seal (Mask) - One child-friendly option is the Respironics Sami The Seal Children Mask for Sidestream Plus Nebulizer. It gives a friendly face to your child’s respiratory therapy.
  • To accommodate even the smallest of patients the Devilbiss VixOne Disposable Nebulizer with PediNeb Pediatric Nasal Aerosol Pacifier can reduce the apprehension they can experience. This produces an aerosol of 2.7 microns while allowing patients to receive treatment in their most comfortable position.
Respironics Sami The Seal Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer System Drive Beagle Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer Devilbiss VixOne Disposable Nebulizer With PediNeb Pediatric Nasal Aerosol Pacifier
Respironics Sami The Seal Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer System Drive Beagle Pediatric Compressor Nebulizer Devilbiss VixOne Disposable Nebulizer With PediNeb Pediatric Nasal Aerosol Pacifier

How to Choose Nebulizers for Adults

For older kids and adults the anxiety of using a nebulizer diminishes. Therefore, choosing a nebulizer can depend on its features and your needs. The Devilbiss Pulmo-Aide Compressor Nebulizer System comes with all the accessories you need to treat conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

For both adult and pediatric patients the Drive Pacifica Elite Compressor Nebulizer utilizes a compact design for portability and produces a particle size of 5 µm for fast treatment times. Another option for fast efficient drug delivery is the Respironics InnoSpire Elegance Compressor Nebulizer System, which features an active venturi system that provides air flow in addition to the compressor. This allows for faster drug delivery and shorter therapy times. As it turns out, we humans like to travel.

If you require a portable nebulizer the Devilbiss Traveler Nebulizer allows the user to continue their respiratory therapy anywhere they may be. With a rechargeable battery pack and even a car charger, there is nowhere you can’t treat your respiratory problems. The Respironics InnoSpire Mini Elite Compressor Nebulizer System offers the user the ability to take their therapy with them. It is available with a battery option, as well as a 12 V DC car charger. No matter the cause or reason, there are plenty of options that are available so we can breathe easily. For anyone that has questions, consult your doctor, nurse, or respiratory therapist so you can make the right choice for you.

DeVilbiss Traveler Portable Compressor Nebulizer System Respironics InnoSpire Mini Compressor Nebulizer System Drive Pacifica Elite Compressor Nebulizer
DeVilbiss Traveler Portable Compressor Nebulizer System Respironics InnoSpire Mini Compressor Nebulizer System Drive Pacifica Elite Compressor Nebulizer


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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