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A Nebuliser helps the patient to breathe in medicine through a mask or mouthpiece. It helps in the conversions of a solution of a drug into a fine spray. That way, you can easily breathe in the spray and take in the medicine. Nebulisers use compressed air, oxygen, and ultrasonic power to break the liquid medicine and then deliver the dose you need through the mask or mouthpiece into your body.
What is the importance of a nebuliser?
People with a lung condition may have difficulty ingesting medicine in the usual way. They may be better off inhaling the medications in order to prevent the clogging of their airways. This relieves them of symptoms and flare-ups. If you are suffering from any lung condition, then inhaling drug medication can relieve you of wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness. It also helps in controlling the build-up of phlegm and mucus.
Under most circumstances, patients normally use small and portable inhalers. However, in serious conditions, hospital staff use a nebuliser to prevent emergencies and treat infections.
Nebulisers are used in an emergency when the patient is struggling to breathe and need a high dose of relieving medicine. You can also need antibiotics to treat an infection. In that case, the staff provides you with a nebuliser. Also, you can use a nebuliser if your condition is severe, and inhalers might not be as effective as these machines. People with arthritis might also not be able to use inhalers to use a nebuliser instead. Nebulisers are also used by babies and small children.
Benefits of using a Nebuliser
Some of them are:
- Bronchiectasis: Patients might use a nebuliser to decrease bacterial infection. They can also use it to deliver your medicine in order to reduce the thickness of your phlegm, making it easier to catch it out.
- COPD: If you are a victim of severe flare-ups due to COPD, your doctors can prescribe you to use a nebuliser at home. In hospital checkups, of course, it is essential for you to receive the treatment with a nebuliser.
- Cystic fibrosis: In cystic fibrosis, a nebuliser is important as it helps to control the build-up of phlegm and mucus.
What medicines can be delivered by a nebuliser?
A number of medicines can be used to deliver via a nebuliser. Some of them are:
- Antibiotics for the treatment of infections
- Bronchodilators or drugs that open up the airways
- Hypertonic saline solutions that loosen the mucus and phlegm in the airways so that it is easier to catch it out
How to keep your nebuliser clean?
Here are some of the directions that you can follow for the proper cleaning of your nebuliser:
- Wash your hands
- Take apart the mask, chamber and mouthpiece
- Wash the individual parts with warm and soapy water
- Clean them with a dry towel and leave them to dry for a bit
- Piece them back together for proper use
In order to avoid any infections, do not use someone else’s nebuliser.