How does a nebulizer work? Learn the advantages of having it at home!

Article updated in December 2023

The nebulizer is a medical device used to transform liquid medications into vapor, which can be inhaled directly into the lungs. Having a good nebulizer at home is essential, particularly if there are children in the household. The use of this device provides greater well-being and helps to alleviate the symptoms of major respiratory diseases.

Indeed, this is a very effective device in the treatment of certain respiratory diseases. As the medication is inhaled, it acts more quickly and directly on the respiratory system, allowing for more immediate relief. When it comes to more vulnerable groups, such as children and the elderly, this device is a helpful aid in improving and facilitating comfortable, effective, and peaceful breathing.

Therefore, we dedicate today’s article to the nebulizer. Discover the importance of having a nebulizer at home and learn about all the benefits of this device in treating respiratory diseases – both in children and adults.

How does a Nebulizer Work?

In a simple way, nebulizers are devices that use nebulization technology to convert liquid solutions (such as saline or saline with medication) into vapor, composed of particles of the medication. Now, this process facilitates the inhalation of the medication by the patient – which, in certain cases, is very relevant in the treatment of the disease, as it allows the treatment to act directly on the respiratory system.

Therefore, it is an equipment that, with the appropriate accessories, can be used by anyone, including babies. Indeed, this device is highly sought after by parents of young children, as the nebulizer shows greater acceptance in administering the treatment, especially when it is prolonged, in addition to being more comfortable and effective.

Benefits of the Nebulizer

In general, it can be said that nebulization aims to treat diseases and clean the airways, preventing worsening of symptoms and the evolution to other clinical pictures. In the case of use in children, the important benefits can be highlighted:

  • Greater comfort and adherence to treatment

Because it is a simple piece of equipment, it can be used safely and comfortably at home. Since some children need to repeat the treatment several times a day, this is a very positive point and makes it easier for the little ones, who do not leave their environment. In addition, trips to the emergency room or other health points will be avoided.

  • Ease of use:

The latest nebulizers are very quiet. It means that the treatment/ignoring can be done while the child sleeps, making the whole process easier and ensuring that it is properly completed.

  • Efficacy:

Nebulization is an effective treatment, providing rapid symptom relief, for various respiratory diseases such as sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.

  • Versatility:

The nebulizer can be quite versatile, as nebulizations can be done with or without medication. In other words, you can even use this equipment to reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion, which is so common in children.

  • Prevention:

Misting with saline helps clear the nasal passages: an important aid in the case of young children who may not yet know how to blow their noses or reject the use of sprays such as sea water. This is very important to prevent asthma attacks or other more serious lung infections.

How to use a Nebulizer?

Using a nebulizer is not a difficult task. However, it is necessary to ensure some basic conditions for the effective administration of the medication. Namely:

  • Ensure hygiene throughout the entire process;
  • Prepare the medication according to the healthcare professional’s instructions;
  • Make sure all parts are correctly assembled;
  • Fit the face mask or mouthpiece to the patient;
  • Initiate the nebulization process, encouraging the patient to breathe normally – inhalation should be slow and steady to allow proper absorption of the medication;
  • Monitor the patient during the treatment;
  • Finish the treatment once the medication has been fully administered;
  • Disassemble all parts and wash them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

What maintenance care should be taken with the nebulizer?

Proper maintenance of the nebulizer is crucial to ensure its effective performance, also preventing bacterial and viral contaminations. Therefore, we provide some essential maintenance and cleaning care to preserve your nebulizer:

  • Be diligent in washing after each use;
  • Ensure regular disinfection;
  • Replace worn-out parts;
  • Store the nebulizer in a dust-free, clean, and dry place. Humidity favors the growth of bacteria.
  • If your nebulizer uses filters, replace them.
  • Use only suitable solutions for the nebulizer. Inadequate solutions can damage the device and compromise the effectiveness of the treatment.

What to consider when choosing a nebulizer?

Firstly, when choosing a nebulizer, you should follow the recommendation of your doctor and/or healthcare professional. However, pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Quality of the material and size of the mask, which must be suitable for children;
  • Nebulization rate (the higher the rate, the less time it takes to administer the drug or serum);
  • Noise during operation.

We have various types of nebulizers. Get to know some of our nebulizers and choose the one that best suits your needs and those of your family.

Nebulizer 3-in-1 (for adults and children)

Three functions in one device: nebulizer, secretion aspirator, and nasal washing system. That’s the Rossmax Nebulizer | Aspirator | Nasal Irrigator, enabling treatment for the entire nasal area and the periphery of the lungs, addressing respiratory issues easily and effectively. This device features a dual valve system that separates the nebulization and aspiration/washing systems, yet it’s entirely intuitive, with indicators to assist in understanding how to correctly use each part.
The nebulizer is quiet and equipped with a system that reduces vibrations. The nasal washing system also allows cleaning of nasal cavities and the nasopharynx, while the nasal aspirator removes mucus to relieve nasal congestion and reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

Rossmax Nebulizer | Aspirator | Nasal Irrigator

Intensive Use Nebulizers

Nebulizador Compair NE -C28P Omron

Currently, models like the Omron Compair NE-C28P Nebulizer are considered highly efficient for combining short inhalation times and ensuring the proper medication distribution through Virtual Valve Technology (V.V.T.). It is also a piece of equipment that adjusts to the breathing rhythm of each user. Thanks to its easy usability, this nebulizer is suitable for both adults and children.

NB500 Rossmax Nebulizer

The NB500 Rossmax Compressor Nebulizer is the best and most effective in its functions compared to its competitors. This is because it features an innovative technology that allows adjusting the medication flow through the built-in adjustable valve in the cup, to meet the needs of each user and the characteristics of each medication (more or less viscous). It is the best inhaler for patients with asthma or other COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) conditions.

Baby Nebulizer

The DuoBaby Compressor Nebulizer, exclusively designed for use in babies, functions as both a nebulizer and a secretion aspirator. In other words, this equipment is used to relieve nasal congestion and treat respiratory diseases, suitable for upper and lower airway conditions. This nebulizer offers a dual and effective solution for respiratory treatment in babies.

Omron DuoBaby Compressor Nebulizer

Portable Nebulizer (for adults and children)

In the case of prolonged respiratory conditions, it’s very useful to have a nebulizer on hand for when unexpected situations occur. The MicroAir U100 Portable Nebulizer fills that gap: a device whose size allows it to be carried in any bag or purse. It’s virtually silent and with just one button, enabling discreet use anywhere and at any time. The device can be used in any position – even lying down – making it an effective way to have medication always within reach.

The Omron MicroAir U100 Portable Nebulizer

Can the nebulizer be used by adults?

Although it is indeed very useful in the treatment of pediatric respiratory diseases, the nebulizer is an extremely versatile tool that can also be used by adults. In the case of adults, the nebulizer is usually prescribed to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) conditions. This device is particularly useful when a quick and effective delivery of medication directly to the lungs is required.

Nebulizer: an essential aid to have at home.

At Loja Ortopédica, we have a wide selection of Nebulizers. to facilitate yours and your family’s recovery from respiratory illnesses. Always seek advice, of course, with help of a healthcare professional.

Our specialized professionals are always available to help and advise you. Get in touch with us!

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