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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  • Brandi Shearer

    Which nebulizer has the strongest motor to do 2 treatments at one time. I am looking for one that could run for about 20-30 minutes.

  • Vanessa Braddy

    How fast can I get me one of these like monday nebrizier. Need one like right now set

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Vanessa. Our warehouse is back on track with getting orders shipped out. The shipping time frame would depend on which shipping option you pick.

  • Leslie Hatcher

    Impressive amount is misinformation here. Nebulizer machines and tubing do not require a prescription but patients are often told otherwise by pharmacies who do not carry them for retail sale. The medications will require an rx, assuming you want to aerosolize a medication. Nebulizers can be used to aerosolize therapeutic tinctures and just plain saline solution. If you are having trouble purchasing a nebulizer or tubing in your area, look online . Amazon and a long list of other retailers sell nebulizer machines and tubing, and do so legally. As a medicine provider/ prescriber, I am continually faced with misinformation being offered to my patients from pharmacies. This puts people in harm’s way.


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