Westlake Village, CA (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- Nebulizer therapy is a treatment during which a fine mist of medication is inhaled down the tubes of your lungs. Breathing the medication directly into the lungs allows it to work faster and more effectively. Aerosol therapy assists a patient with respiratory difficulties to breathe easier and with less effort.
A nebulizer is an air compressor, often called a breathing machine, used to inhale liquid medicine. Nebulizers are commonly used by asthma patients for administering medication to the lungs, expanding the airways and creating freer breathing.
A nebulizer is also a treatment option for sinusitis. In most cases of sinusitis, antibiotics are prescribed. In a study posted in the American Journal of Rhinology , it was found that there is a 59% decrease in reoperation when serial antibiotic lavage is added to functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) for those with chronic sinusitis.
Most people don't want to deal with complicated equipments for their treatment, but using a nebulizer is not that hard. They are easy to use and simple to clean. Here's how:
1. Make sure you have all the parts of your nebulizer: a compressor, tube, cup and mouthpiece or mask. Medicine is also needed and should be administered according to your doctor's instructions.
2. Put the compressor on a flat or level surface. Make sure an electrical outlet is nearby to plug in your unit.
3. Pour your medicine into the nebulizer cup and attach the cup to mouthpiece or mask. A mask tends to work better for small children. It covers the mouth and nose with an elastic strap that expands and rests on the back of the head, much like a doctor's mask, although it's made of plastic instead of cloth.
4. Attach one end of the tube to the nebulizer cup. Attach the other end of the tube to the compressor or breathing machine.
5. Sitting upright, place the mask over the mouth and nose and secure it by adjusting the elastic strap on either side of the mask. If you're using a mouthpiece, hold it in place with your hand.
6. Turn on the compressor. Once on, you will see the vapors rising from the mask.
7. Keep the compressor on until the medicine in the nebulizer cup completely vaporizes. This may take about 10 minutes.
8. Turn off the compressor and remove the mask or mouthpiece.
9. To clean the nebulizer, turn it off and detach the cup from the tubing. Wash the mask or mouthpiece and cup in hot soapy water or soak it in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry. Store the compressor in a dry, dust-free environment.
Some things to keep in mind:
* You can tell when the nebulizer treatment is complete when no more vapors can be seen, when the nebulizer cup is empty or by listening to the compressor. There is a marked difference in the sound coming from the nebulizer once the cup empties.
* The tubing should be replaced every few weeks or according to the manufacturer's guidelines for optimal performance.
* Nebulizer components can be purchased at medical supply stores, online and at drugstores. There are variations to the steps mentioned above, but the underlying principles for the listed procedures should serve as a guide for any use of a nebulizer.
To see the complete study mentioned in this article, please refer to http://www.sinusdynamics.com/differential-deposition-of-aerosols.html.