A nebulizer is a small machine that creates a mist out of liquid medication, allowing for quicker and easier absorption of medication into the lungs. Typically, nebulizers come in both electric or battery-run versions, and are either portable or meant to sit on a table and plug into a wall.
It is also used for the patients with runny nose or nasal stroke. A nebulizer delivers liquid medication via pressurized air. While individuals with asthma typically use both nebulizers and inhalers, occasionally, a nebulizer may be easier to use — especially when it comes to young children who may not have the proper technique for an inhaler.
A nebulizer is helpful for a variety of conditions, including:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Types of nebulizers[change | change source]
There are three main types of nebulizers:
- Jet nebulizers make an aerosol out of medications using a compressed gas (like air). These are the most common type of nebulizers.
- Ultrasonic nebulizers make an aerosol via high-frequency vibrations. These are more commonly used in hospitals and typically are not for personal use.
- Mesh nebulizers use a mesh cap with tiny holes that help dispense medication in a very efficient way. These nebulizers are newer and often more effective than jet nebulizers.