What is a nebuliser?
A nebuliser is an electrically powered machine that creates a mist of medicine which is inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece.
Nebulisers are commonly used to help clear secretions (phlegm) in people with respiratory conditions.
A nebuliser is made up of three parts:
- Compressor which is electrically powered to blow air through medication, this breaks the medication into tiny droplets that form a mist within the nebuliser chamber.
- Nebuliser chamber that holds the liquid medication, it is in here the medication is converted into mist by the compressor
- Mask / mouthpiece through which the mist is inhaled
What are the benefits of using a nebuliser?
The effects of a nebuliser on your respiratory system vary depending on the prescribed medication within them, common benefits include:
- Decrease the viscosity (thickness) of the secretions (phlegm) – this makes them thinner and easier to cough up
- Deliver antibiotics
- Help open up the airways
- Provide relief from breathlessness
Who would benefit from using a nebuliser?
A nebuliser is particularly useful in emergency situations when using your normal inhaler and spacer combination becomes too difficult.
Nebulisers can also be used in the long-term management of respiratory conditions, including: book online!