|Nebulizer use - part one|
Nebulizers are used to treat asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other conditions where inhaled medicines are indicated.
Nebulizers deliver a stream of medicated air to the lungs over a period of time.
|Nebulizer use - part two|
Assemble the nebulizer according to its instructions. Connect the hose to an air compressor.
|Nebulizer use - part three|
Fill the medicine cup with your prescription, according to the instructions.
|Nebulizer use - part four|
Attach the hose and mouthpiece or mask to the medicine cup.
|Nebulizer use - part five|
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth. Breathe through your mouth until all the medicine is used, about 10-15 minutes. Some people use a nose clip to help them breathe only through the mouth.
|Nebulizer use - part six|
Some people prefer to use a mask.
|Nebulizer use - part seven|
Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water, and air-dry until your next treatment.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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