With over 31 million people diagnosed with asthma in America alone, nebulizer machines are extremely vital for providing therapy and treatment. Nebulizer machines are even more vital for the 10 million plus children who are diagnosed with asthma. Asthma is the leading chronic illness of children in the United States and the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness. Therefore, having a nebulizer machine in the home, as well as a portable nebulizer machine that children, as well as adults, can use while on the go, is very important to have.
Nebulizer machines use compressed air to deliver asthma medicine as a wet aerosol – a fine mist that can be inhaled. The most common medications used in a nebulizer machine are bronchodilators, such as Albuterol, Salbutamol, and Fenoterol. These medications are used to help open up air passages. Nebulizer machines are also used to administer inhaled steroids and cromolyn.
Nebulizer machines have three main parts: a cup that holds the medication, a mouthpiece or mask attached to a T-elbow, and a thin, plastic tube that connects the mouthpiece to the compressor. There are home and hospital models of nebulizer breathing machines, as well as portable nebulizer machines.
Medical air compressors are used to drive air through the tubing to the nebulizer. The nebulizer then converts the liquid medication into a mist that can then be inhaled directly into the lungs. Medical air compressors typically come in two types: a stationary tabletop model that uses electricity from an 110V outlet in your home and a portable unit that uses a battery, or may operate from the cigarette lighter in your car.
Nebulizers are either disposable or non-disposable. Disposable nebulizers are typically used only for a few weeks because they are subject to breaking and the particle size is affected. The particle size of the mist is important because it determines where in the lung the medication will be deposited. Non-disposable nebulizers last from six months to a year without changing the particle size in the mist.
People with severe asthma are likely to have severe attacks that require the use of nebulizer breathing machines. For these people, having a nebulizer at home can help prevent frequent visits to a health-care provider or hospital. For infants and children, nebulizers deliver drugs to the lungs more effectively than inhalers do.
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