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What is a nebulizer?

A nebulizer is used to deliver liquid medication through a mouthpiece or mask by changing the liquid into a mist that can be inhaled. Nebulizers are an alternative to MDIs (metered dose inhalers).

Traditional nebulizer kits include an air compressor, nebulizer cup to hold medication, a mask or mouthpiece, and tubing. The compressor plugs into an electrical outlet or runs on batteries. Some nebulizers can be plugged into an automobile power outlet for use when travelling.

Ultrasonic nebulizers use ultrasonic frequencies to turn liquid medication into a fine mist. They have fewer and smaller parts, and weigh less than traditional nebulizers. They also make less noise.

 
 
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http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/home_nebulizer/hic_home_nebulizer_therapy.aspx
www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-related-problems/continuous-positive-airway-pressure-and-sleep
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/treatment.html