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Treatment for asthma and other respiratory conditions involves more than seeking medical advice and formulating a treatment plan–it also requires you to make lifestyle choices to improve your health.
If you're ready to make changes to your living environment, there are many products that can help. Peak flow meters, steam inhalers, air purifiers, humidifiers, inhaler spacers, dietary supplements, and natural cleaning supplies can all promote a healthier lifestyle.
Before you purchase one of these supplemental products, consider the following shopping tips:
If your child has asthma, a treatment plan from your healthcare provider is important for reducing symptoms and improving health. Follow your doctor's treatment plan and use inhalers, nebulizers, and medications according to prescription orders. Find out about your child's asthma triggers and make time to reduce them to keep symptoms at bay. Here are some tips on reducing allergen and asthma triggers:
Asthma treatment for your child starts with a visit to your healthcare provider, who will help you establish a treatment program. Your child may be prescribed a nebulizer. Nebulizers change medicine into a liquid mist that can be inhaled directly into the airways. Nebulizers are thought to be more effective than inhalers in treating asthma in children. If asthma treatment is new for you, consider this information about possible treatments:
Air purifiers help remove contaminants such as mold, pollen, and allergens from the air. They're often recommended for individuals with breathing conditions or allergies to help manage symptoms. If you're considering buying an air purifier to improve air quality (and your health), keep the following tips in mind:
Inhaler spacers, or aerosol holding chambers, can be added to metered dose inhalers (MDIs or asthma inhalers). With an inhaler spacer, inhaled medicine goes into a holding chamber before reaching the lungs. This helps ensure that medication is delivered directly to the airways, rather than getting caught in the throat. Because using inhalers can be challenging for children, spacers are great for making sure that they get the medication they need.
Before using an inhaler spacer, keep the following information in mind:
With so many different types and brands out there, how do you know which is the best nebulizer for asthma? The answer is simply – there isn’t one. You have to buy the best asthma nebulizer for your needs.
A nebulizer treatment is used to open up the airways in the lungs of an asthmatic. When you aren’t breathing well, you want this to happen in the quickest and simplest way. The jet nebulizers are the most popular because they can deliver any type of medication, quickly and easily into your lungs. The ease of use and lack of medication restrictions make jet nebulizers the most popular type. Jet nebulizers are also the original nebulizer type; so many long term users often feel most comfortable using a machine like the one they are used to.
Some people are looking for a silent nebulizer and for those people, an ultrasonic nebulizer is the best choice. These nebulizers work best with thin, light medications because they use ultrasonic vibrations to aerosolize the medications. Thick medications, such as Pulmicort, can slow them down. Ultrasonic nebulizers do have a few medication restrictions so make sure to check with your pharmacist or healthcare provider before choosing an ultrasonic nebulizer.
Travel nebulizers are also very popular because they are small and extremely convenient. These are a good choice for a child’s nebulizer or for people who often are not home for their treatment. Many travel nebulizers have alternative power sources like a car adapter to make treatments “on-the-go” easy.
When you are looking for the best nebulizer for asthma, first discuss the options with your healthcare provider. There may be restrictions on the unit due to the medicine prescribed (ultrasonic machines aren’t compatible with all medication). Then you can consider the space you have available, the cost of the unit and where you will be using your nebulizer before you make your purchase.
When your child needs a nebulizer for asthma or allergies, trying to narrow down the options can be overwhelming. There are many different types and brands of nebulizers available in the market today, and the best choice for you will depend on several factors. Parameters such as your budget, portability needs and medical needs will dictate which choice is best for you.
Tabletop systems are:
Handheld, portable nebulizers provide:
The cost of an asthma nebulizer varies based on the brand, features, warranty, and durability. Many people find having two nebulizers, one tabletop for home and one portable for travel, provides the options for treatments no matter the location or situation. While there are many brands available, DeVilbiss, Respironics, and Pari systems typically receive the highest customer reviews.