Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Hand Held Nebulizer

There are many preventive medicine to ease asthma symptoms, most popularly is an inhaler. One remedy that many asthma sufferers are not aware of though, is using a hand held nebulizer.

A hand held nebulizer is basically like an inhaler in that it spits out a subtle liquid vapor of medicine. The asthma sufferer wears a mask connected to the nebulizer and breathes in the fine vapor, which is distributed from the machine through plastic tubing and into a mouthpiece in the mask area.

Most times, oxygen or air pressure is used to deliver the fine vapor of medicine. However, for asthmatics who can’t use a metered-dose inhaler (i.e. people with acute, intense asthma, as well as young children and babies), an ultrasonic nebulizer is used.

How does the medicine in a hand held nebulizer work?

The medicine inhaled from the inhaler aids the asthma sufferer by loosening phlegm and mucous that is inside the lungs so that it will be coughed out easily. It also relaxes the muscles in the trachea (a.k.a. the windpipe, or your airway from mouth/nostrils to the lungs) to help air move about the lungs more freely.

Rather than receiving medicine in the mouth, breathing it right into the lungs is much more effective for rapid relief of asthma symptoms.

Hand held nebulizer treatments generally last between 15 and 20 minutes. It is generally performed on young children and infants, as most are not old enough to know how to operate an albuterol inhaler. Adults also use a hand held nebulizer when necessary as well.

Nevertheless, using a hand held nebulizer or an inhaler have some drawbacks. Using these two methods of easing asthma symptoms is effective, but the asthma is never permanently cured; it is only a temporary relieve.