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In what step in asthma management would a home nebulizer be used?

In what step in asthma management would a home nebulizer be used?

Both...: ...Maintenance meds (such as budesonide) and rescue meds (such as albuterol) are available in nebulizer ampoules, and can be used by people unable to use handheld mdi's (multidose inhalers). ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Which step in asthma management would a home nebuliser be used?

Which step in asthma management would a home nebuliser be used?

Rarely: Nebulizers allow you to take albuterol aerosolized rather than through an inhaler device. For adults, there is really no benefit to this except maybe cost. There are some other nebulized meds, but they typically have to be used more often than the meds available via other inhaler devices. They are best for children or sick elderly who can't use a more-complicated inhaler. ...Read more

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What types of inhalers and nebulizer medicines are best for asthma?

What types of inhalers and nebulizer medicines are best for asthma?

Variety: 2 general categories of medications: preventive (usually corticosteroids) and rescue (bronchodilators - beta 2 agonists). So, what is best for you depends on what type of asthma you may have and its severity ...Read more

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I have really bad asthma and I use a nebulizer. Do i need to use a mouthpiece as well?

I have really bad asthma and I use a nebulizer. Do i need to use a mouthpiece as well?

Asthma: You need to see your physician to discuss. If you are on a home nebulizer, you may need to be managed by a pulmonary specialist. If what you mean by 'mouthpiece' is a metered dose inhaler it is probably a good idea for acute symptoms arising when you don't have the nebulizer around. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

OTC Asthma Medicine: None that is really effective that I am aware of. A form of Epinephrine nebulizer a rescue inhaler, is available. It comes with its own nebulizer. Compared to albuterol, Epinephrine is half potent. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for over 2 years. I have tried 4 inhalers and 1 nebulizer. Still not better. What could it be other than asthma?

I have been coughing for over 2 years. I have tried 4 inhalers and 1 nebulizer. Still not better. What could it be other than asthma?

Cough, chronic: There are many causes of chronic cough. It looks like you are currently under the care of a doctor but not under good control if previously diagnosed with asthma. You need to consult a chest specialist/pulmonologist for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a risk in using expired albuterol in a nebulizer for asthma?

Is there a risk in using expired albuterol in a nebulizer for asthma?

Expired meds: There is a risk they won't work, and if you are having an asthma attack, that's a big problem. Most meds will not harm you if expired, except for the fact that they may not be good for what they are intended for. You should check all the medicines in your home monthly to see if expired and/or need refills or replacements. ...Read more

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Have asthma. And it keeps getting worse no matter how much meds im on. Now my in halers don't work and have a nebulizer is this good or bad sign?

Check with lung doc: This is consistent with persistent asthma. Which can be cured. Check with your lung doc. You may need more inhaled steroids, tiotropium, laba, saba and possibly ige antagonist. Nebulizers and sprays do a similar job. Ask your doc about inhalation techniques. ...Read more

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I've had two asthma attacks in the past two days, how many times can I safely use my nebulizer a day? And if my attacks continue today what do I do?

I've had two asthma attacks in the past two days, how many times can I safely use my nebulizer a day? And if my attacks continue today what do I do?

See your doc soon: Albuterol nebulizers and/or inhalers can be used every 4 to 6 hrs as needed especially during an asthma flare. See your doc soon - you may need a Prednisone treatment and long acting inhalers taken twice daily that can control your asthma better. This would lower your need for using your albuterol so much. Common side effects from albuterol are increased heart rate and temporary tremors. Best! ...Read more

Nebulizer (Definition)

A nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist. It is usually used for medications for asthma, cystic fibrosis, and copd, so that the medications can be ...Read more