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Breathing treatment

Many people take breathing for granted. Breathing treatments are typically necessary for people with respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to help them breathe easily.

Inhalers or nebulizers are used to deliver drugs to the lungs during breathing treatments. Both are only offered via prescription, and each one has advantages and risks of its own.

A portable device known as an inhaler contains medication in a compressed canister. In your mouth, the drug is released in aerosol form. Additionally, there are inhalers for your nose that deliver medication.

With a face mask and a nebulizer, you can breathe in a thin mist of medication. Some nebulizers require an electrical outlet. Some run on batteries and are portable. Although many respiratory illnesses benefit from using both nebulizers and inhalers, some may work better with only one.

Nebulizer therapy

Breathing can become exceedingly challenging due to lung tube constriction caused by respiratory illnesses and ailments such as asthma, COPD, and bronchitis. A nebulizer is a medical tool used to treat these issues directly by inhaling the medication into the respiratory system. A nebulizer provides medicines in the form of mist and functions similarly to an inhaler. Direct delivery to the respiratory tract is accomplished by inhaling it through a mouthpiece. A hand-held “puffer” called an inhaler delivers the same kind of medication but requires more coordination. While an inhaler won’t work if you don’t use it properly, a nebulizer provides the medication to the lungs with no effort or expertise.

Symptoms of respiratory illnesses or ailments include:

  • Rapid shallow breathing.
  • Wheezing.
  • Tightness and discomfort in the chest.
  • A dry, hacking cough.

These symptoms are frequently brought on by bronchial tube constriction, which results in wheezing. Since the medication loosens the tubes’ tightness, nebulizer treatments are often a quick fix for wheezing individuals. In addition, in order to target the respiratory tract, the drug used in nebulizer therapy is inhaled rather than swallowed. This expedites the beginning of action of the medication and dramatically reduces adverse effects as compared to other routes of ingestion.

Need for nebulizer therapy

If you have wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, COPD, acute bronchitis, emphysema, or any other respiratory disorder affecting the airway, nebulizer therapy may be an option.

How to prepare for your visit to our clinic?

A qualified medical staff member will teach you what to do after the physician or physician assistant has assessed you and determined that you would benefit from a nebulizer treatment. The liquid medication (Albuterol and/or Atrovent) will be placed into the proper chamber for you after the tubing has been assembled and inserted. The mouthpiece and drug chamber are joined. A staff member will turn on the compressor machine, and a little motor-like sound will be audible.

You will inhale the solution while holding the mouthpiece close to your lips and breathing normally. Very little work is needed for this. As you breathe, the drug in a nebulizer flows continually. You will continue to breathe in until the chamber is free of all solutions.

The treatment has immediate results. After that, you ought to feel better and breathe more easily. Breathing treatments are generally quite safe and do not hurt. Mild side effects can occasionally occur. Some minor side effects include a dry or scratchy throat, anxiety, a quicker heartbeat, a brief or infrequent cough, sneezing, a stuffy or itchy nose, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, headache, or an unfavorable taste in your mouth.

There are several advantages to using nebulizer treatments, so you should consider them if you have a respiratory disorder or condition. You will be guided through the procedure by our knowledgeable staff, who will make it simple for you!

Nebulization therapy locations

Our team is here to help if you require nebulizer treatments or immediate support for a non-life-threatening breathing issue brought on by asthma, COPD, or other lung conditions. On the weekends, holidays, and weekdays, we have extended hours.

Our trained specialists are available to you without an appointment, whether you require home nebulizer medicine or on-site nebulizer therapy. Stroll into one of our accessible clinics or register online in advance. Your nebulization therapy will be provided to you as needed by our professional experts.

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