What is a Nebulizer treatment?
Respiratory diseases and conditions, such as Asthma, COPD, and bronchitis, constrict the lung tubes and can make breathing very difficult. A Nebulizer is a medical device used to treat these problems directly by administering medicine to the respiratory tract via inhalation. Functioning in a manner similar to that of an Inhaler, a Nebulizer delivers medication in the form of mist. It is inhaled through a mouthpiece and delivered directly to the respiratory tract. An inhaler is a hand held “puffer” that administers the same type of medicine, but is harder to coordinate. The Nebulizer gets the medicine to the lungs with minimal effort or technique while if you don’t use an inhaler correctly, it will not be effective.
People who suffer from Respiratory conditions or diseases normally experience symptoms such as: rapid shallow breathing, wheezing, chest tightness and discomfort, and dry hacking cough. These symptoms are often caused by constriction of the tubes in the lungs causing wheezing. Nebulizer treatments are often a fast-acting solution to patients with wheezing as the medicine opens up the constriction of the tubes. The medication administered through the Nebulizer is inhaled instead of ingested to target the respiratory tract, this speeds the onset of action in the medicine reducing side effects significantly in comparison to other methods of intake.
When do I need a Nebulizer treatment?
A Nebulizer treatment is a treatment option if you suffer from the following conditions or diseases: wheezing, shortness of breath, Asthma, COPD, acute bronchitis, emphysema, or any respiratory condition that effects the airway.
What to expect when you come into our Clinic:
After the Physician or P.A. evaluates you and determines you would benefit from a Nebulizer treatment, a trained member of our medical staff will instruct you on what to do. They will assemble the tubing and insert the liquid medication (Albuterol and/or Atrovent) into the appropriate chamber for you. The medication chamber and mouth piece are connected. The staff member will then turn the compressor machine on, and it will sound like a small motor running. You will hold the mouth piece up to your mouth and inhale the solution as if you were breathing normally. This requires very little effort. The medication in a Nebulizer flows continuously as you breathe. You will inhale until all the solution is gone from the chamber.
The results of the treatment are instant. You should be feeling better and breathing easier immediately afterwards. Breathing treatments are not painful and are overall very safe. In rare cases, there can be mild side effects. Some of these minor side effects include, dry or irritated throat, agitation, heart beating faster, temporary or occasional cough, sneezing, stuffy or itchy nose, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or unpleasant taste in your mouth.
There are many benefits in using Nebulizer treatments, if you have a Respiratory condition or disease, then having a Nebulizer treatment may be suiting for you. Our well-trained staff will guide you through the process, making the experience effortless!