A breathing treatment machine, or nebulizer, is an air compressor that turns liquid medicine into mist to help treat asthma or respiratory infections. Breathing treatments use the same medications as an inhaler and tend to be easier when used with small children. Electric and battery operated versions are available and come in portable sizes.


Home Nebulizer


Home Nebulizers


A home nebulizer, sometimes called a tabletop nebulizer, is larger than a travel nebulizer and requires the use of an electrical outlet for power. These devices are typically used at home on a sturdy surface. A tabletop nebulizer is heavier than a travel size, so carrying one around is not recommended. Because a home nebulizer needs to remain on a flat surface while in use, you are confined to one spot while receiving treatment. However, tabletop nebulizers are generally cheaper than travel nebulizers depending on the brand.



Travel Nebulizers


Travel Nebulizers are hand held devices that can be stored in small spaces. Travel nebulizers have great mobility and are an excellent form of portable treatment. Favored by patients who have a busy lifestyle, or those who travel frequently, portable nebulizers allow treatment of medication wherever you are.

At Lindsey Medical Supply, we offer a wide variety of travel nebulizers. For instance, The Voyager™ Pro is an easy-to-hold, lightweight portable nebulizer which makes use of silent vibrational mesh technology to deliver treatment in less than 10 minutes! This is just one nebulizer among our broad selection. Keep reading to learn more!


Travel Nebulizer



How to Operate


Before using a nebulizer, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about any specific instructions they may have. It is also recommended that you read the manual included with the machine.

To use your nebulizer, watch this short video and follow the instructions listed below:



  1. Find a flat surface for your nebulizer and plug it in.
  2. Ensure all of your equipment is free of germs and bacteria.
  3. Place your medication in the container.
  4. Attach the tube and mouthpiece to the nebulizer.
  5. Turn on and make sure it is misting.
  6. Don the mouthpiece or mask and breathe in and out slowly until the medication is gone. This could take anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes.



Cleaning Your Nebulizer



Taking good care of your nebulizer is essential for prolonging the life and effectiveness of your machine. Sanitizing all components properly after each use will help your nebulizer run more efficiently and ensure you don't get sick from built up germs and bacteria. It's a good idea to regularly replace the tubing since it's impossible to completely clean the inside. Wash your mask, or mouthpiece, with hot, soapy water and dry it completely after each wash. This helps keep everything clean and ready to use whenever you need it next. 

For more information on how to clean your nebulizer, watch the included video:



Pros and Cons


Pros   Cons
Since you don't have to take deep breaths, nebulizers are easier to use when you are having an asthma attack.   Due to their size, at home nebulizers are less mobile than inhalers.
Young children may have an easier time with nebulizers.   Most of the time nebulizers need to be plugged into a wall outlet.
Several different types of medications can be delivered at once.   The delivery of the liquid medicine may take longer than medication for an inhaler.

If you have questions about nebulizers, Lindsey Medical Supply's team of experienced respiratory therapists would be happy to assist you. We are located in Oklahoma - stop by today!

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