How To Use A Nebulizer?

What is a Nebulizer?

A nebulizer machine turns liquid medicine into a mist which is then efficiently moved into your lungs. Patients suffering from asthma, COPD, or another respiratory disease commonly use the nebulizer which is also called a breathing treatment or nebulizer treatment. Using nebulizer is an easy and convenient way to breathe the medicine into your lungs. People suffering from asthma may prefer to use inhaler instead, which is usually just as effective. However, nebulizers are known to deliver medicine with less effort and are more user-friendly (especially for children) than an inhaler. Most nebulizers are small and portable, which makes them easy to carry and transport. Most nebulizers function by using air compressors, they are known as jet nebulizers. Another option includes ultrasonic nebulizer which uses sound vibrations to deliver the medicine. Ultrasonic nebulizers are quick and noise free which makes them more comfortable for users.

Why to use Nebulizers?

Nebulizer treatments are commonly used to treat the chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung infections (pneumonia) and severe allergic reactions. Nebulizer treatment can successfully alleviate symptoms of respiratory ailments such as inflammation of airway, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

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What are the Pros and Cons of using a Nebulizer?


  1. Nebulizers can be used by children and elders alike. They are easy to use and require minimum effort.
  2. It is possible to mix more than 1 medicine, and the mixture can all be given at the same time.
  3. It is possible to use high doses of medicines if it is prescribed by doctor.
  4. It is easy to learn how to use nebulizers. No special training, assistance or breathing techniques are required to use nebulizer.


  1. The jet nebulizers are noisy and needs an electrical power source to function. The alternatives are battery operated travel nebulizers and Ultrasonic nebulizers.
  2. In comparison to inhalers, the delivery of single dose by nebulizers takes a bit longer time.

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How to use a Nebulizer?

It is simple to use a nebulizer. Follow below steps to use the nebulizer-

  1. Before using the nebulizer, properly wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the risk of germs getting into your lungs.
  2. Keep the nebulizer machine on a hard surface. Make sure the air filter is clean. For safety, rinse the air filter with cold water and let it air dry. Plug the air filter in the nebulizer.
  3. Get your medicine ready, use a dropper or syringe to place the medicine in container. If the medicine is premixed, fill the nebulizer medicine container with your prescription.
  4. It might be suggested to add saline (salt water) to your medicine container. Sterile saline helps clear congestion, dust and debris while improving the ability to smell and gain clearer breathing. It is advisable to not use homemade saline solution in a nebulizer. You can buy CareFusion AirLife Modudose Unit Dose Saline, which is a unit dose vial for inhalation therapy. It can be used with any nebulizer and contains 0.9 percent sodium chloride. Close the medicine cup tightly and hold the mouthpiece straight up and down to avoid spills and wastage.
  5. Connect the medicine container to the nebulizer using the hose or tubing. Mask or mouthpiece should be connected to the top of the container.
  6. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between the teeth. Firmly close your lips around the mouthpiece. You can also place the nebulizer mask on your face, it is specially recommended for small children.
  7. Turn on the nebulizer and take slow deep breathes through your mouth. Keep the medicine container in an upright position. Breathe for about 15 minutes until the mist is gone.
  8. Turn the nebulizer machine off. Thoroughly wash the medicine container and mouthpiece with water and let it air dry.

How to Take Proper Care of Nebulizer?

Nebulizer medicine container and mouthpiece or mask must be cleaned with soap and hot water after each nebulizer treatment. You can let the nebulizer parts air dry or turn the nebulizer machine on after attaching the nebulizer pieces to dry them quickly. Store the dry pieces in a clean place. It is recommended to disinfect the nebulizer machine on alternate days after breathing treatment. You can use 1 part diluted white vinegar and 3 parts hot water and soak the nebulizer pieces (except for mask) in the mixture for 1 hour.

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When to Call the Doctor?

Immediately call 911 if you have difficulty in breathing, chest pain (chest pressure or tightness) or you feel dizzy after nebulizer treatment. Consult your doctor if you have side effects such as rash, fever, sore throat, stomach pain or headache after using the nebulizer. Talk to your doctor or health care provider to make sure the nebulizer treatment is safe and beneficial for you.


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