Health Tip: Using a Nebulizer

Easier breathing is the goal

(HealthDay News) -- For some people with respiratory problems, nebulizers are as essential as breathing.

In fact, these devices are used to treat asthma and other conditions that make it difficult to breathe. They deliver a stream of medicated air through a mask or tube to help open the airways to the lungs.

Different medications are used in nebulizers. Many have side effects such as headache, dizziness or even chest pain, but all of them are designed to help breathing.

According the National Library of Medicine, nebulizer medicines should be stored in a safe place, at room temperature, and away from children. Some medications should not be exposed to light until they're actually used.

If asthma symptoms become worse and the nebulizer medication becomes less effective, it's important to call a doctor because the patient's condition may be getting worse.

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