Benefits of a Portable Nebulizer to Treat COPD and Asthma

 In Lifestyle, Medical Equipment/Services

If you suffer from a chronic pulmonary disease, COPD or asthma, you may benefit from a portable nebulizer that you can always have close by to reduce symptoms and help you breathe quickly. Many larger home nebulizers can limit your ability to move around and not offer you the freedom of an active lifestyle.

Portable nebulizers come in various sizes and include the same functions of a home nebulizer but offer a quicker treatment time. The devices are lightweight, more compact in size and are either battery operated, or AC powered. They are also convenient to carry around, fitting in a backpack, pocket or purse.

Nebulizers use a motor to convert medication from a liquid to a mist that you inhale. This allows you to breathe normally through your mouth during treatment. You can also choose between a hand-held mouthpiece or mask for your preferred delivery method.

Nebulizers allow medication to be inhaled directly into the lungs, opening the airways, increasing lung capacity and reducing any breathing difficulties. There are three types of nebulizers:

  • jet
  • ultrasonic
  • mesh

Jet nebulizers are the oldest type and use compressed air to generate a fine mist. These devices can be noisier than the other two. They are available in both tabletop and hand-held models. There are no restrictions on COPD medications that jet nebulizers can deliver.

Ultrasonic nebulizers are newer and quieter than jet nebulizers. These devices cost more than jet nebulizers and are only available as hand-held. They use ultrasonic vibrations to produce a fine mist. Ultrasonic nebulizers cannot deliver certain COPD medications.

Mesh nebulizers are the newest and most expensive type of nebulizer. They are quieter and more portable than the other two types.

Although portable nebulizers convert medication to mist differently, they are all set up and used in similar ways. They also require thorough cleaning and gentle handling.

If you have severe or chronic pulmonary disease, talk to your doctor about the best options for you to help manage your condition. You may be prescribed an inhaler, nebulizer or both. Discuss the pros and cons of both devises to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.

Once you receive your prescription, you can contact any Carmichael’s location to speak to a customer service representative during normal business hours. Carmichael’s offers a variety of home respiratory therapy equipment, supplies and services to suit different lifestyles and budgets. In addition to a required physician’s prescription, some items are sold on a cash only basis.

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