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A breathing treatment machine, or nebulizer, is an air compressor that turns liquid medicine into mist to help treat asthma or respiratory infections. Breathing treatments use the same medications as an inhaler and may be easier to use with small children. Electric and battery operated versions are available and come in a portable size or a larger size.



How to Operate


Before using a nebulizer, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about any specific instructions they may have. It is also recommended that you read the manual that comes with the machine.

To begin using your nebulizer, follow these instructions:


  • Find a flat surface for your nebulizer and plug it in.
  • Ensure all of your equipment is free of germs and bacteria.
  • Place your medication in the container.
  • Attach the tube and mouthpiece to the nebulizer.
  • Turn it on and make sure it is misting.
  • Don the mouthpiece or mask and breath in slowly until the medicine is gone. This could take 5 to 15 minutes.


Child Using Nebulizer





Cleaning a Nebulizer


Cleaning Your Nebulizer


Taking good care of your nebulizer is essential for extending the life and effectiveness of your machine. Making sure all the components are sanitized properly after each use will help your nebulizer run more effectively and ensure you don't get sick from built up germs and bacteria. It's a good idea to regularly replace the tubing since it's impossible to completely clean the inside. Wash your mask or mouthpiece with hot soapy water and dry it out completely after each use. This helps keep everything clean and ready to use whenever you need it next.





Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Because you don't have to take deep breaths, nebulizers are easier to use when you are having an asthma attack. Due to their size, at home nebulizers are less mobile than inhalers.
Young children may have an easier time with nebulizers. Most of the time nebulizers need to be plugged into a wall outlet.
Several different types of medications can be delivered at once. The delivery of the liquid medicine may take longer than medication for an inhaler.








At home breathing treatments can sometimes be life saving, however, these treatments can also be preventative. Portable nebulizer machines are nice to have on the go in case you experience a sudden asthma attack. If you have any questions about nebulizers, Broadway Home Medical has experienced respiratory therapists who are very polite and professional. We are located in Wichita, Kansas so stop by and see us!