How To Use An Asthma Nebulizer

A nebulizer is a machine that is used to give people the necessary asthma medication that they need. Unlike an asthma inhaler the medication is administered in a liquid form rather then powder to make it easier for people in inhale and for it to reach their lungs. These are used more for infants, young children, and other people who are not able to use an inhaler easily.

Directions For Use

  • When using a nebulizer you must first set the air compressor on a table or other stable surface that will support its weight.
  • Make sure that your hands have been washed and dry completely.
  • Measure the amount of medication that you need as instructed by your doctor and place them inside of the nebulizer cup. Usually the medications that you will use will be pre-measured for you in vials.
  • Put together the nebulizer mouthpiece and cup and then connect the tubes to the cup and the compressor.
  • Turn it on to make sure that it is working right. There should be a light mist coming the behind the tube on the other side of the mouthpiece.
  • Sit up straight in a chair or allow the child to sit in your lap. Most children will use the mask instead of the mouthpiece so make sure that it is securely in place. The mouthpiece should be in between the mouth and teeth with the lips sealing it tight.
  • You will need to take deep, slow breaths that you should hold for two to three seconds before you can breathe out. This will help the medication to reach all the way to your lungs.
  • You will continue to do this until the medicine has run out – which could take as long as ten minutes. When it is done the nebulizer will make a funny noise and the cup will have barely anything in it.
  • If you begin to feel dizzy or jittery during the middle of the treatment then you should take a break for five minutes before finishing it. You might be breathing in too fast.