What Does a Nebulizer Do for Asthma?

Asthma, Nebulizers
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When an asthma attack strikes, asthma sufferers reach for their nebulizer. While we typically think of inhalers as the solution for asthma, nebulizers are another option for many people who prefer fast relief. But what do nebulizers do to help treat asthma?

What is a Nebulizer?

Nebulizers are devices that turn liquid medicine into a mist. Unlike inhalers, which are manual in operation, nebulizers are battery or electrically powered. They come as tabletop units or portable units and use a mouthpiece to deliver vaporized medicine that is easily inhaled.

What Does a Nebulizer Do for Asthma?

Nebulizers turn asthma medication into a soothing mist that penetrates deep into the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways become inflamed and tight, causing difficulty breathing. Misted medication helps reduce the swelling and open up the airways to restore normal breathing. 

What Medicines Can Be Put in a Nebulizer for Asthma? 

  • Corticosteroids to fight inflammation (such as budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone, and triamcinolone)
  • Bronchodilators to open the airways (such as albuterol, formoterol, levalbuterol, and salmeterol)

How Often Can You Use a Nebulizer for Asthma?

Asthma patients may use their nebulizers on a regular basis to help prevent asthma attacks. By setting time aside to take misted medicine even when they are not experiencing symptoms, patients can help reduce and minimize attacks in the future. Consult with your physician to determine the best treatment schedule for you and your condition.

When an asthma attack occurs, nebulizers help with symptoms right away, usually within a period of 10 minutes. 

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