Like almost all respiratory diseases, the recent COVID-19 illness also affects your lungs by causing inflammation and breathing problems. In more severe cases, the respiratory distress is acute and may even result in serious complications such as pneumonia and long-term lung injury and damage.
This is where the importance of a nebulizer comes in. It is a piece of medical equipment that allows quicker dispersion and absorption of medication in the lungs through a mask or mouthpiece.
Though nebulizers gained popularity during the pandemic, it is not a new invention. They have been around since the 1930s and have been used to ease patients suffering from a variety of conditions such as:
Anyone including children, the elderly, and pregnant women can use a nebulizer machine either on their own or with assistance.
With their increased use, nebulizer machine prices have also become quite affordable.
To ensure that your medication is effectively delivered and to manage and maintain your condition, there are three main types of nebulizers
This is the most common type of nebulizer that makes converts the medication into tiny particles (aerosols) using compressed gas. Jet nebulizers are mostly used at home for personal use.
In this type of nebulizer, the medication is converted into smaller particles or aerosols through high-frequency vibrations. Ultrasonic nebulizers are usually not for personal use and are mostly used in clinics and hospitals.
Mesh nebulizers are a newer version and are considered to be more effective than jet nebulizers. This type uses a mesh cap with minuscule holes that deliver the medicine directly to your lungs.
Usually, all the different types of nebulizers are available in battery-run or electric versions. The ones running on batteries are portable nebulizers and can be carried from one room to the other and used while you are travelling.
One of the most important things to keep in mind before starting the use of a nebulizer is that you should use it only after a doctor’s prescription. Using it on your own may result in adverse effects on your health.
Whatever be the condition, the breathing treatment received through a nebulizer will be effective only when you follow the correct procedure.
Here is how to use a nebulizer properly:
Here are a few things to keep in mind while using a nebulizer:
Caring for your nebulizer is critical for preventing infections. Cleaning this equipment is pretty easy and can be done in no time.
Here is how to keep your nebulizer free of dirt and bacteria:
Nebulizers have transformed the way patients with respiratory problems can manage and improve their condition. For your breathing treatment to be effective and to get the most out of it, make sure to follow all the instructions of your healthcare provider and the equipment manufacturer.
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