Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment
A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a fine mist (aerosol). It is sometimes used for asthma because:
- The medicine can be given over a longer period of time.
- It may be easier to use for small children or for people who have serious difficulty breathing or have trouble using an inhaler.
A nebulizer uses a face mask or mouthpiece to deliver medicine. You breathe in the medicine through the mouthpiece or face mask. The mouthpiece or face mask needs to be cleaned after each use.
In general, a nebulizer may not always be the best choice for delivering daily asthma medicines to children because it:
- Is hard to keep the mask on the child's face for the length of time needed for each treatment.
- Isn't mobile. It is an electrical device that must stay in place while the child uses it.
- Can be more expensive to use than a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).
- Can deliver more medicine than is needed, compared with an inhaler and a spacer. This makes it easier to give a child too much medicine.
- Needs maintenance on a regular basis.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Lora J. Stewart, MD, MPH - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||December 7, 2011|