Compressor Nebulizers Offer Convenient and Portable Asthma Relief
There has been a steady rise in asthma-related symptoms. In fact, the American Lung Association has reported that asthma prevalence has risen from 34 cases/1000 people in the general population in 1982 to 56 cases/1000 in 1994. This is a 56% increase in just 31 years. Of course, this does not bode well for young people who tend to be the most vulnerable. Although there are many theories as to why there has been an increase in asthma rates, there is not a unanimous consensus on the primary cause. Genetics, of course, is always a consideration. Environmental factors, such as pollution and toxic chemicals, do seem to be one primary culprit. However, an important aspect to remember is that a person does not “grow out of” asthma and there is no cure.
As anyone with asthma knows, an asthma attack can be a frightening experience since breathing is restricted. Asthma restricts breathing by narrowing the bronchial tubes. Inflammation is the most obvious and common factor causing asthma. As bronchial tubes become inflamed, the walls thicken, which reduces normal breathing. It’s like tightening a belt around your lungs, restricting airflow, and causing a shortage of breath, wheezing and/or coughing. Tightening of the muscles around the bronchial tubes, or bronchospasms, also contribute to the impact of asthma during an attack.
Reducing the triggers that cause asthma is the first defense in fighting the disease. Secondly, medication is necessary to help reduce the symptoms of asthma. There are many different types of medication, and you and your doctor should determine the best choice for you. Inhalers are a perfect choice for mobility purposes and a quick dose to alleviate symptoms. A nebulizer is another one of the primary tools that delivers medication to asthma sufferers. They act quickly in alleviating the symptoms and provide peace of mind. There are a few different types of nebulizers to choose from that range from the portable and convenient to a stand-alone unit.
Home nebulizers have been the standard for many years. These are stand-alone units that typically are larger, sit on a table, and plug directly into an outlet. Although they tend to be slightly less expensive, they are not as convenient or mobile as portable nebulizers. In today’s world, convenience and mobility are essential. Portable nebulizers have really become the standard choice among nebulizer users. Portable nebulizers are conveniently small and lightweight; some nearly as small as a smartphone. They can easily fit within a briefcase, backpack, or purse and can be brought to any location they are needed. Portable nebulizers are also battery operated and typically run on rechargeable batteries for true convenience and independence.
Another choice that needs to be made is between a compressor and ultrasonic nebulizer. Compressor nebs have typically been home models that are large and cumbersome. However, recent technology has dramatically reduced the size of compressor nebs. For example, the Philips Respironics InnoSpire compressor nebulizer is quite small and compact. At slightly over 3 lbs. and compact (4x6x6), it provides fast and efficient delivery.
Respironics InnoSpire Essence Compressor
Ultrasonic or Micro nebulizers are even more compact, lightweight, and offer the ultimate portability. Jet nebulizer technology provides short asthma relief – usually about 1/3 of the time of a portable neb. It delivers the medicine in an undiluted form, which shortens the necessary treatment. Philips Respironics Micro Elite jet nebulizer is a perfect example of the convenience offered by these units. Handheld and weighing only 1 pound with its battery installed, the MicroElite provides people at work or on the go a highly functional and effective treatment option, which can be stored in a pocket.
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