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Nebulizer machines convert liquid medication into a mist, which is then inhaled into the lungs through a mouthpiece or face mask. Nebulizers are often prescribed when inhalers are too difficult to use or ineffective for the patient’s treatment. Here is some basic information about the different styles of nebulizers
Types of Nebulizer Machines
Jet nebulizers: The most common of nebulizer machines, jet nebulizers use air compression to generate enough air to go through a short tube, into a nebulizer cup that holds the liquid medicine and converts the liquid into a mist for inhalation. Jet nebulizer machines are available at home, portable, and pediatric units just for kids. They are generally bigger and louder, and the medicine mist particles tend to vary in size. The machines are durable and typically less expensive to replace parts.
Ultrasonic-Vibrating Mesh nebulizers: These nebulizer machines use ultrasonic waves and are extremely quiet. The sound waves hit the liquid medicine and turn into a mist to be inhaled. These nebulizer machines are primarily portable units that are suitable for all age ranges. They are generally smaller and quieter with more consistent medical mist particle sizes. They provide faster treatment times as compared to jet nebulizers. These machines tend to be more expensive and while easy to clean and maintain, the parts may also be expensive to replace.
Portable Nebulizers: These nebulizers are ideal for patients who work, go to school, or are active and have to take their medication when not at home. Travelers love these nebulizers as they are significantly smaller than home nebulizers. Portable nebulizers can be either ultrasonic-mesh nebulizers or the more traditional jet nebulizer style. Portable nebulizers are battery-powered. Some units can have the option of a DC cord to be connected to a vehicle’s power source.
Just for Kids: These pediatric nebulizers have been designed with kids in mind. Some like the home machines have fun designs to help keep your child preoccupied while taking treatment. Others, such as the Philips Respironics InnoSpire Go, are small, whisper-quiet, and can be used with a mask so you do not have to constantly remind your child to only breathe in using his or her mouth. They are available for home use as well as portable. The portable nebulizers are ideal for kids who have school activities that can't be missed.
Home Nebulizers: These machines are the most commonly used type of nebulizer machines. While they have to be plugged into a wall outlet and are not portable, they have proven to be very reliable throughout the years. Another big advantage is the price as they are the least expensive type of nebulizer available.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nebulizer Machines
How To Use A Nebulizer Machine
Here are some basic instructions for using a Nebulizer:
- Place the nebulizer on a steady surface that can support the weight of the nebulizer
- Sanitize your hands before the start of the treatment
- Carefully measure and put the medication into the nebulizer cup
- Assemble the nebulizer cup and mask
- Connect the nebulizer tubing to the mask
- Connect the nebulizer and turn it on. You should see a light mist coming from the back of the tubing
- Take deep and slow breaths every 2-3 seconds before breathing it out.
- Continue the treatment until all the medication has disappeared. The nebulizer makes a sputtering noise when little medication is remaining.
Stop the treatment if you become dizzy or begin to feel shaky. Inform your healthcare provider or a doctor if the dizziness does not stop after nebulizer use.
Do I Need A Prescription To Buy A Nebulizer Machine?
Yes, you will need a prescription to buy a nebulizer. You can get a prescription from your doctor who is treating you for your respiratory disorder.
How Often Should You Use A Nebulizer Machine?
You need to use a nebulizer upon your prescribed amount. In general, nebulizers can be used up to 3 to 4 times a day upon requirement.
How Long Does A Nebulizer Machine Last?
Each nebulizer treatment takes from 5 minutes to 15 minutes. You breathe through the mask or mouthpiece that is connected to the nebulizer. The medicine is slowly turned into a mist which you can inhale by taking slow and deep breaths.
Can I Fly With My Portable Nebulizer Machine?
If you are planning to board an airplane with your portable nebulizer ensure that they are FAA approved. This certification allows you to use the nebulizer during flight.
When traveling with a portable nebulizer, you need to ensure that you use a carry case to protect it from dirt and damage. Moreover, inform the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) agents that you are carrying a nebulizer and prescribed medicine in your bag to avoid any delays.
At The Oxygen Concentrator Supplies Shop, we offer an array of nebulizers. If you are unsure about what product meets your needs or have any questions, contact us today so we can assist in reviewing your options.