Westlake Village, CA (PressExposure) April 20, 2009 -- There are different types of sinusitis as there are also different methods of treatment for each kind. One of the most effective treatment methods available is the use of nebulized medication. Be it antibiotics, antihistamines, corticosteroids and the like.
A study reports that there is clinical improvement over standard therapy with smaller particle (mean, 3.2 _m) nebulization in patients with acute infections in the setting of chronic sinusitis ( Christopher Hilton, M.D., et al, Differential Deposition of Aerosols in the Maxillary Sinus of Human Cadavers by Particle Size). The study showed superior efficiency of deposition with smaller particle sizes compared with the larger particle size.
Nebulizer therapy is a treatment during which a fine mist of medication is inhaled into your nose, sinuses and/or lungs. Breathing the medication directly allows it to work faster and more effectively. Aerosol therapy assists a patient with respiratory difficulties to breathe easier and with less effort. Most frequently, a respiratory medication called a bronchodilator is used with the treatment.
Many patients are apprehensive in taking nebulizer treatment because of the misconception that the device is hard to use. It is actually easy to operate a nebulizer if you just take the time to get to know your equipment and its parts. Operation of the equipment relies on every part of the nebulizer.
For proper care and operation of equipment, just keep the following in mind:
Air Compressor - this plugs into a grounded outlet and placed on hard, flat surface.
Filters - your machine will have either a disposable or a washable filter. The filter should be washed or replaced each month or as needed. To wash, simply run under water and dry thoroughly. If your machine uses disposable filters, simply replace filter with a clean one.
Nebulizer Kit - Keep a spare nebulizer kit available at all times. The supply tubing attaches the compressor to the nebulizer cup. Treatment will be given either using a mouthpiece or a mask. The mouthpiece will attach to the âTâ piece and the âTâ piece fits snuggly onto the nebulizer cup. The mask attaches directly to the nebulizer cup. Do not occlude the holes of the facemask. Straps should be removed from masks for patients less than 2 years old
Cleaning of Machine - The outside of the compressor can be wiped with a damp cloth. Never submerge compressor in liquid. If your compressor fails to operate, plug it into a different electrical wall outlet. If your machine still fails to work, try your spare nebulizer kit.
Cleaning your nebulizer kit - Clean daily by disassembling kit and washing in soapy water (do not wash supply tubing). Rinse thoroughly. It is recommended this kit be disinfected daily. Most kits come with a disinfecting solution. If you don't have this, you can soak cleaned kit (except supply tubing) in 1 cup white vinegar and 3 cups water for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and allow drying on paper towel or clean cloth. Place in clean plastic bag until next treatment.
Medications â Have these reviewed and follow exact instructions from your pharmacist and/or respiratory therapist, particularly for frequency, dosage, side effects, etc.
To read the complete study on Differential Deposition of Aerosols in the Maxillary Sinus, please refer to http://www.sinusdynamics.com/differential-deposition-of-aerosols.html.