A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the
form of a fine mist (aerosol). Medicine may be given through a
nebulizer to treat respiratory problems, such as asthma, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), or pneumonia.
The nebulizer allows the medicine to go directly to a person's
airways and lungs. And the medicine can be given over a long period of time.
The person inhales the medicine while breathing normally through a mouthpiece
or face mask. A nebulizer makes inhaling medicine easier for people who are
having serious difficulty breathing or who have trouble using an inhaler. An inhaler
requires careful timing and control of one's breathing.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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