How To Use A Compressor Nebulizer For Asthma

How To Use A Compressor Nebulizer For Asthma

What Is a Compressor Nebulizer?

If you need a nebulizer at home, you will need a compressor nebulizer system. These devices are powered by electricity or a battery. They draw in room air and compress it. This creates a flow of air that can be used to generate misted medicine that goes deep into the lungs. Compressor nebulizers come in various forms and designs to meet the needs of those who have specific lung therapy needs, including those with asthma, bronchitis, or COPD.

Types of Medication Used in a Compressor Nebulizer System

Various medications can be used in a compressor nebulizer system, depending on the respiratory illness being treated. Medicines include:

  • Bronchodilators, which are drugs that help to open up the airway.
  • Medical-grade saline (saltwater) solutions which help  break up mucus in the lungs.
  • Steroids, which are often prescribed to treat the inflammation that can develop with lung diseases, such as COPD.
  • Antibiotics which are used to help treat or prevent infections in the respiratory system.

How Does a Compressor Nebulizer Work?

A compressor nebulizer is easy to use without additional medical assistance. Here a few steps to follow for a compressor nebulizer treatment:

  1. Add your prescribed medicine to the medicine cup.
  2. Make sure the tubing is attached and the compressor nebulizer has power, either from batteries or an outlet.
  3. Put on the mouthpiece or mask.
  4. Switch the compressor nebulizer to the on position when you are ready for a treatment.
  5. Breathe deeply and slowly until the medication cup is empty.

How To Use a Compressor Nebulizer for Asthma

Follow the same steps above when using your compressor nebulizer to treat your asthma. You can also take additional steps to ensure healthy use of your compressor nebulizer for asthma.

  • Be sure to always check your medicine before filling the medicine cup to be sure it is the proper medication.
  • Always keep your compressor nebulizer clean, especially the medicine cup, your mask or mouthpiece and the tubing.
  • Replace the tubing and mask or mouthpiece based on manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Try to conduct your treatments in a peaceful, quiet place where you can relax.

What Is the Best Compressor Nebulizer?

One of the best compressor nebulizers on the market is the Philips Innospire Essence Compressor Nebulizer System.

  • This home system offers treatments in as little as 5-8 minutes
  • The device is easy to keep clean and sanitized
  • The innovative jet design maintains consistent and high-quality misted medication
  • The Venturi system drives air along with misted medication so you can breathe in more aerosolized particles per inhalation
  • The device is lightweight, making it perfect for travel


Things to Avoid in Nebulization Therapy with The Compressor Nebulizer

Take these precautions when using your compressor nebulizer:

Do not use your nebulizer while sleeping - It is difficult for the misted medication to do its work if you are asleep and not breathing deeply.

Do not loosen your mask or mouthpiece - Loose-fitting masks or mouthpieces allow the misted medicine to escape into the air rather than be inhaled.

Do not sterilize nebulizer parts with heat - Some parts may be sensitive to heat and are damageable.

Things Not to Avoid in Nebulization Therapy with The Compressor Nebulizer

Here are some tips to make use of your compressor nebulizer more effective:

Breathe through your mouth - When using the compressor nebulizer try not to breathe through your nose to ensure effective inhalation, especially if treating bronchitis. The only exception is when you are treating ear infections or sinusitis. In these instances, it is better to breathe through your nose.

Keep your nebulizer clean - A dirty compressor nebulizer can lead to bacterial infections.

How To Clean and Maintain a Compressor Nebulizer

 Follow these steps to keep a clean and sanitized compressor nebulizer.

  1. Wipe down the outside of the device with a damp cloth
  2. Replace any filters as needed
  3. Clean your medicine cup, mask, or mouthpiece with warm, soapy water after each use
  4. Replace the mask and or mouthpiece and your hose when they show wear
  5. Always follow manufacturer guidelines for a cleaning schedule and parts replacement schedule

Where Can I Buy a Compressor Nebulizer for Asthma?

You can find compressor nebulizers for asthma at most medical retail stores. For convenience you can also shop online. The CPAP Shop offers a wide range of nebulizers including compressor nebulizers and accessories. Our expert staff can help you select a nebulizer that fits your needs.

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.