Frequently Asked Questions about Nebulizer Machines

March 14, 2014 | CPAP Shop News |

What is a Nebulizer Machine and What Does it Do?

These machines are typically used to treat the symptoms of asthma. The nebulizer is the mechanism used to deliver the medication in mist form to help alleviate these symptoms. The medication comes in liquid form which, when installed into the nebulizer machine, is converted into a mist which makes it easy to inhale. Sometimes referred to as a breathing treatment, is effective in infants and small children who need medication or anyone who struggles with asthma.

When Do You Need a Nebulizer? Do You Need a Prescription?

Nebulizers are prescribed by a doctor to anyone who needs to inhale medication usually to treat asthma. The medication can be used for immediate need or preventative maintenance. A prescription by a licensed doctor is required.

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How Do You Set Up and Use a System?

Putting together and using this device is a simple procedure. Firstly, you will need to connect the nebulizer mask to the nebulizer with the compressor tubing provided with the machine. Attach the premeasured medication into the fitting of the nebulizer. The medication is premeasured so you use the appropriate amount each time nebulizers are used. Once you are ready, place the mask securely on the face correcting for any leaks. It is important to take long deep breathes while inhaling the medication to allow it to settle in the lungs. The treatment should last as long as there is medication remaining.

What Do You Put in Nebulizers?

Medication prescribed by your doctor will be converted into a mist in order to inhale from the nebulizer. Two types of medication, Albuterol or Alupent, are used to relieve asthma attacks quickly by opening up the airways. These start to act immediately and last for up to four hours.

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How Do You Clean Nebulizer Machines?

Like any other piece of medical equipment, it is important to clean and disinfect after each use. Cleaning is simple and should be done with plain soapy warm water. Refrain from using strong or harsh detergents especially those with a scent. Simply disconnect the mask and tubing from the nebulizer. The mask, if not disposable, should be washed and let air dried. It is not necessary to clean the tubing daily. However, cleaning on a weekly basis is recommended. If you prefer to disinfect your nebulizer mask, use a 1/3 ratio of vinegar to water. Let the mask soak for 10 minutes and rinse well so not residue remains. Allow to air dry. Remember that having a proper cleaning regiment help to stave off any types of infection.

Do you have more questions about Nebulizer Machines, feel free to ask us via comments we will be happy to answer you.

Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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  • elle

    Can I set up my grandmother’s nebulizer tonight for her to use while I am at work tomorrow?

  • Tania

    Hello my name is Tania Daniels i have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and have trouble breathing and am very chesty i was wondering if you no of anybody in New Zealand who i can get help with a nebulizer machine please

  • yvonne l buckley

    why at times is foam formed in the nebulizer cup? And it takes too long for the liquid to mistify.

    • Chris Vasta

      If the nebulizer cup is not rinsed out after each use, the crystals from the saline solution can cause the cup to become clogged. This may be why the medication is taking longer to dispense. I would also recommend using a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts distilled water disinfect to some degree. The manufacturer recommends sanitizing after every other usage. They suggest soaking nebulizer parts (except the tubing and mask) for 60 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Alternatively, mix a solution using Control III® Nebulizer Disinfectant and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, then rinse thoroughly. Or if you wanted to you would be able to boil they items excluding the mask and tubing for 5 minutes to disinfect.

  • Teryn

    Are all nebulizers the same? Putting out the same amount of air? I have a respironics, I’m on my 2nd. I’ve never been impressed. Isn’t there something that works better? I have asthma, am on 3 inhalers, plus my nebulizer. All I want is a deep breath and to not wheeze.

  • Kathleen Brown

    What happens (where can you take it) to get it fixed?

    • Chris Vasta

      If your nebulizer is still within warranty you would want to reach out to the distributor you received the machine from. If that dose not apply you can try reaching out to The Repair Authority 1440-286-9810. Here is the link for that company:

  • Michelle

    How do u clean the system so more air comes out of it. Because I’m not getting hardly any air and insurance says to early for a new one

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Michelle. I am afraid there is no way to clean the machine so more air is delivered. The machine would have been set according to the sleep study. Perhaps bring it into the company where it was purchased from and ask them to test the machine. If your sleep apnea has gotten worse you may need a new sleep study.

  • Leanna base

    Why does the mist come out of the hole on the mouthpiece?

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Leanna. As the medication gets converted into mist, it comes out from the mouthpiece from which you inhale the medication. The body can absorb the medication better when it is in this form.

  • Lonnie Futrel

    Will my .Medicare cover a nebulizer machine

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Lonnie. We are not in-network with any insurance companies, so any purchase from us will be out-of-pocket. We do email you an itemized invoice you can use to submit for a reimbursement. We also accept HSA and FSA cards for any transaction; and we have a payment plan option available through Affirm. If you are interested in using your insurance you will have to reach out to your insurance company and they can put you in touch with a provider.

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