|Nebulizer use - part one|
Nebulizers are used to treat asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other conditions where inhaled medicines are indicated.
Nebulizers deliver a stream of medicated air to the lungs over a period of time.
|Nebulizer use - part two|
Assemble the nebulizer according to its instructions. Connect the hose to an air compressor.
|Nebulizer use - part three|
Fill the medicine cup with your prescription, according to the instructions.
|Nebulizer use - part four|
Attach the hose and mouthpiece to the medicine cup.
|Nebulizer use - part five|
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth. Breathe through your mouth until all the medicine is used, about 10-15 minutes. Some people use a nose clip to help them breathe only through the mouth.
|Nebulizer use - part six|
Some people prefer to use a mask.
|Nebulizer use - part seven|
Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water, and air-dry until your next treatment.
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.