For young children not yet used to nebulizer treatments, the experience can sometimes be scary. But there are several pediatric nebulizers designed to be kid-friendly and keep your child occupied during his or her treatment. Here are some of our most popular models.
Grant from Santa Ana wrote in saying, “I have to take regular nebulizer treatments for my asthma. What’s the difference between a tabletop nebulizer machine and a handheld nebulizer? Is there one you’d recommend over the other?”
Josh from Missouri wrote in asking, “Do nebulisers need to be cleaned/sterilized? How often should I do this?”
Typically, it is recommended that you do a quick cleaning of your nebulizer (part that holds the medicine) after each use and sterilize it once a week. The cleaning is simple and shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes.
Occasionally, we’ll get asked what the difference is between a nebulizer and a vaporizer. Or between a nebulizer and a humidifier. Though they all have to do with respiratory care, they all work differently and serve different purposes.
Both nebulizers and inhalers give you medicine, but through different delivery methods. An inhaler sprays a quick burst of medicine. A nebulizer creates a mist that is breathed in through a face mask or mouth piece. Both devices have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Most nebulizer treatments are predominantly inhaled through the mouth using a mouthpiece or mask. Another way to administer the treatment exists, however, using a nasal adapter to direct the aerosol into the upper airways. While use is not typical, intranasal delivery of nebulized medication has shown higher success rates when used to treat nasal allergies and rhino sinusitis (congestion, postnasal drip, pressure and pain on face and forehead).
Maintaining the compressor and nebulizer kits you use to receive your nebulizer treatments is vital to keep receiving the most effective treatments possible. These compressors are not difficult to maintain, and the benefits far outweigh the time/effort spent to keep your nebulizer machine running in top condition.
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Replacing the filter on your nebulizer machine is the most important aspect of nebulizer maintenance. It's even more important than replacing your neb set, since without the filtered air coming from the compressor, you can't take a nebulizer treatment. Replacing your nebulizer machine's filter is easy, and should be performed regularly.