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Using a Nebulizer for Bronchitis

Using a Nebulizer for Bronchitis
Akanksha Nigam

Having a cough can be very painful. The constant coughing and the struggle to clear mucous from the lungs can be exhausting. One of the common causes of cough is bronchitis, an inflammation in the lining of the bronchi or the tubes that carry air to the lungs. People suffering from bronchitis often cough up thicker, discolored mucus.

Bronchitis is a symptom of COPD and can be acute or chronic. 

The underlying cause of acute bronchitis could be a cold or flu. Viral or bacterial infections settle in the lungs and develop into bronchitis.

The initial symptoms of acute bronchitis are sore throat and congestion, with the eventual development of a dry cough which can happen to adults and children. Other symptoms, like mild headache or body aches, fever, and chest discomfort, usually disappear within 3 to 10 days, but a cough can last for a long time.

If you have repeated episodes of bronchitis, it may be chronic bronchitis. This happens when exposed to environmental toxins like dust, pollen, and other contaminants and is very common in smokers. Chronic bronchitis can be treated using nebulizers, but there is no cure for it.

How do Nebulizers Treat Bronchitis? 

Over-the-counter medicines and other home remedies for allergies may not be enough to treat bronchitis, and your doctor might prescribe an inhalable medication.

These medicines relax and widen the bronchi muscles, drain mucus from the lungs, reduce tightness in the chest, and increase airflow. Generally, inhalers are used to take these medicines. However, an inhaler requires strong, coordinated breaths and therefore may not be good for some.

A nebulizer is a small machine that converts liquid medicine into smaller mist particles that are easy to breathe and is an easier alternative to inhaler spacer  It delivers medicine directly into the lungs via pressurized air. You sit with the nebulizer machine and use a mouthpiece or a mask (nebulizer supplies) to breathe the medicine deep into your lungs. The treatment usually takes just a few minutes and can be done 3 to 4 times daily.

A nebulizer comes equipped with a mask, medicine cup, mouthpiece, tubing, and compressor. It is considered very easy to use, requiring minimum cognitive abilities and no manual dexterity, and can be used at home. 

Nebulizer therapy is necessary when a patient is not breathing fully and deeply since it does not require forceful inhalation.

Where to buy Nebulizers?

HPFY carries a wide range of nebulizers and compressors for respiratory treatments. Some of our best sellers are:

1. Philips Respironics InnoSpire Essence Nebulizer System

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An economical and effective choice for treating respiratory problems. It provides consistent aerosol medication delivery quickly and offers long-lasting relief. The SideStream nebulizer with Active Venturi System gives additional airflow for faster drug delivery.

Features of Philips Respironics InnoSpire Essence Nebulizer System

  • Sleek and attractive design
  • Easy-to-attach tubing for arthritic patients
  • Quick and fast treatment
  • Lightweight and FSA approved
Philips Respironics InnoSpire Essence Nebulizer System



2. Pari Trek S Portable Compressor Nebulizer Aerosol System

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Get fast and effective treatments on the go! It delivers fast and efficient aerosol treatments anytime and anywhere. It has a Pari LC Sprint Reusable Nebulizer for consistent particle size for optimal medication delivery and ensures minimum wastage.

Features of Pari Trek S Portable Compressor Nebulizer Aerosol System

  • Battery lasts for up to 8 treatments
  • Extremely quiet piston pump compressor
  • Carrying case included
  • Portable, compact, and light-weight
Pari Trek S Portable Compressor Nebulizer Aerosol System



3. Drive Disposable Nebulizer Kit

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Improve your breathing ability for a healthy life with this nebulizer kit. It can be used 3 to 4 times a day and provides 80% of particles in the respirable range. The nebulizer mouthpiece allows the user to inhale the medication effectively and enhances the functioning of the lungs.

Features of Drive Disposable Nebulizer Kit

  • Easy-to-use, portable, and disposable
  • Fast nebulization times
  • Greater particle density
  • Easy-to-clean
Drive Disposable Nebulizer Kit



4. Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor

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Get respiratory treatment in under 5 minutes with this compact and lightweight nebulizer. It breaks down the medication into consistent, smaller particles, ensuring targeted delivery to the lungs.

Features of Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor

Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor



5. Respironics Sidestream Reusable Nebulizer

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Ease your breathing problem with this nebulizer. It uses the Venturi system to provide optimal airflow and speed up the treatment time. It has an efficient drug delivery where 80% of medication output volume is below 5 microns in size.

Features of Respironics Sidestream Reusable Nebulizer

Respironics Sidestream Reusable Nebulizer



Nebulizers are an effective way to use inhalation medication to treat bronchitis. They do not restrict mobility and deliver medicines directly to the lungs. They also provide options to use a mouthpiece or a mask, whichever is preferred. Although this type of therapy cannot cure bronchitis, a nebulizer can help maintain and improve the state of the illness. Always consult your doctor if you feel any unusual symptoms while using inhalation therapy.

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Akanksha Nigam has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. With a Masters Degree in Finance, she began her Marketing career in the banking industry. However, her interest in human ...

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