A nebulizer turns your asthma medicine into a mist. It is easy and pleasant to breathe the medicine into your lungs this way. If you use a nebulizer, your asthma medicines will come in liquid form.
With a nebulizer, medicine goes into your lungs when you take slow, deep breaths for 10 to 15 minutes.
It takes some time to keep your nebulizer clean and working properly.
These are the basic steps to set up and use your nebulizer:
- Connect the hose to an air compressor.
- Fill the medicine cup with your prescription.
- Attach the hose and mouthpiece to the medicine cup.
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth. Breathe through your mouth until all the medicine is used. (Most times, this takes 10 to 15 minutes). Some people use a nose clip to help them breathe only through their mouth. Small children usually do better if they wear a mask.
- Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with part water/part vinegar, and air dry until your next treatment. Do not wash the tubing.