How Do You Use a Nebulizer?


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MedlinePlus explains a nebulizer must be thoroughly cleaned before each breathing treatment. Attach one end of the hose to the compressor nozzle, fill the medicine cup with the correct medication, attach the hose to the nebulizer, activate the machine, breathe in the mist through your mouth and turn off the machine. Nebulizers deliver liquid medicine to the lungs in mist form to patients with asthma and COPD.

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First, place the compressor machine on a flat surface where it is unobstructed. National Jewish Health indicates you must ensure the power cord easily reaches an outlet and that you can hit the on/off switch conveniently. Wash your hands before touching the nebulizer's internal parts.

MedlinePlus instructs you to add the medicine to a clean nebulizer before tightening the plastic assembly. Many nebulizers screw closed or clamp shut. Attach one end of the hose to the machine and to the nebulizer. Turn on the misting machine, and then a mist escapes from the end of the mouthpiece. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth, and keep your lips firmly around the end so all the medicine goes in your lungs. It is important to only breathe through your mouth, not your nose, until all the medicine is consumed.

MedlinePlus explains the process normally takes between 10 and 15 minutes. After the medicine is delivered, thoroughly wash the nebulizer kit with water, and air dry the device until the next breathing treatment.

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