Using A Nebulizer To Fight Flu Season

February 27, 2020 2 min read

Using A Nebulizer To Fight Flu Season

Fever, runny nose, cough, chills and fatigue, symptoms we know too well. Each year the Flu returns stronger than ever, evolved strains built to surpass prior immunities. Vaccinations help to prevent contracting it, but cannot always provide a guarantee.

The unpredictable nature of influenza makes it difficult to combat, and the 2019-2020 season has been a prime example of this. Epidemiologists believe that the early appearance of Influenza B Victoria-a strain that has been scarce in recent years- has been the driving force behind the severity of this year's outbreak. While data indicates that this season’s vaccine works well against other subtypes of the virus, influenza B Victoria appears to be holding its own.

Respiratory Relief

Battling the Flu can be long and painful, especially for those with asthma. Without the proper treatment the lungs could become infected, leading to a variety of other complications including an increase in asthma attacks, or the development of pneumonia.

Anebulizerworks to reduce inflammation of the lung, keeping airways clean and clear. Breathing becomes easier, and pain and/or irritation is significantly decreased. 

How It Works

In simple terms, the nebulizer machine provides a constant supply of compressed air that transports various medicines to be inhaled through a mouthpiece. Liquid medicine is turned into a mist that is quick and painless to administer. Medications that can be delivered using a nebulizer include sterile saline solutions, bronchodilators, and even antibiotics. These prevent the buildup of mucus and harmful bacteria, as well as relieve troubled breathing. 

With the unusually distressing behavior seen in the 2019-2020 influenza virus, a nebulizer is a simple way to combat symptoms that could make all the difference. 

As always, if you need help picking out a new nebulizer, call our staff at 1-888-550-2450 or review our nebulizer chart.  It is also a good idea to keep your current nebulizer clean and replace parts, such as filters and nebulizer sets regularly.