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7 mistakes when using a nebulizer

In what cases the nebulizer will help:
Doctors recommend it in those diseases when it is possible to be cured with the help of small droplets of a medicinal substance, which will penetrate into the deepest parts of the respiratory tract.
The nebulizer will not help if:
This device was originally intended for the treatment of diseases of the bronchi and inflammatory processes of the lungs, so in the case of the treatment of the common cold it will not always help.
There are also cases when such treatment does not help, and as a result exacerbates only the problem. Consider how to avoid situations of exacerbation of the problem, what are the most common mistakes.

Mistake №1: Take inhalations for the slightest cold

When a cold worsened and the patient as a result of such diseases as bronchitis, asthma, stenosis of the larynx then only a nebulizer can be used. Because they can be cured only by the penetration of fine particles of the drug into the deep parts of the respiratory tract. At the same time, little medicine remains on the nasal mucosa and pharynx. Therefore, it is impossible to cure diseases of the upper respiratory tract (pharyngitis, runny nose) with a nebulizer, it is better to use a regular pharmacy spray for this.

Mistake №2: Pour any medicine that is at home into the nebulizer

Choose the medicine yourself, or use what is left from the last time (but then they treated one and now another). Only the doctor will prescribe the exact medicine, it is he who will determine the depth of sputum penetration in the lungs or bronchi, determine the viscosity, and also check the other symptoms of the bronchial condition, such as bronchospasm, mucous membranes, etc.

Mistake №3: Pour oil medications into the nebulizer dispenser

Small particles of oil can penetrate deep into the respiratory tract and settle there without further removal. They can also clog the alveoli, which will lead to disruption of gas exchange.

Error №4: Pour decoctions of herbs into the nebulizer dispenser

There are two reasons that affect negatively, but all of them are related to the fact that the decoction of herbs cannot be cleaned qualitatively at home. And as a result, microparticles of herbs enter and clog the lungs. Also, these particles fall into the nebulizer tubes and clog them, which leads to a breakdown of the apparatus.

Mistake №5: Violations of all inhalation rules

Basically, the frequency of application of the procedure depends on the disease and, accordingly, as the doctor prescribes. The correct application of this procedure is one hour after eating. This is due to the fact that when food only entered the stomach, it occupies our internal volume and presses on the diaphragm, raising it and thereby reducing the volume of the lungs. Therefore, the task of penetrating drugs into the lower lobes of the lungs immediately eating is impossible.

When inhalation is aimed at diluting sputum, then it must be done 4 hours before bedtime. Because you will still need to cough up, because this was the main goal.
If your medicine is bronchodilators, then breathing in a nebulizer is worth at least an hour, because such drugs stimulate the cardiovascular system.

Mistake №6: Depending on body temperature, cancel inhalations

Often people think that inhalation with a nebulizer should be canceled if there is a fever. But the principle of operation of the nebulizer is not steam, meaning not hot steam, so if the doctor has prescribed it is worth inhalation.

Mistake №7: Violation of hygiene rules in operation

Even if you have your own home nebulizer, then it’s absolutely impossible to breathe medicine one after another. Removable parts of the inhaler should be treated after each patient. Eto: mask, dispenser, mouthpiece. Treatment should be done with antiseptics or boiling water. All treatment solutions that must be sterile in the nebulizer, otherwise there is a risk of infection.
It's important to know!

The device is prohibited for pneumothorax (rupture of the lung), pulmonary hemorrhage or hemoptysis. Also, contraindications include individual intolerance. Especially it is necessary to consult a doctor for those who have the following disorders: hypertension, respiratory or heart failure, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, post-infarction, post-stroke state.

Common causes of nebulizer failure

  • The use of oily solutions.
  • Incorrect disinfection of nozzles.
  • Violation of the operating mode. Most inhalers work on the principle of cyclicity - one session lasts 15-25 minutes. Next should be a break for 45 minutes.

26 December 2019, 00:12