Portable nebulizer machines can effectively deliver medications to patients by turning the liquid medicine into a mist that is inhaled directly into the lungs. Compared to taking the medication orally, this is a better option for someone who needs instant relief. Small nebulizer devices are a relatively new concept. Traditionally, a nebulizer is a larger machine that needs to be plugged into the wall while in use and has a long cord connecting the machine to the mask. A portable nebulizer machine is more convenient and doesn’t require staying in one spot while in use.
If you’re considering purchasing a portable nebulizer, this article will help you understand what they are and how to use the device. We’ll also talk about the different respiratory illnesses that you can use a portable nebulizer for. These are the same conditions that you can use a regular nebulizer for, too.
What are Portable Nebulizers?
For people struggling with respiratory illnesses, nebulizers are one of the most important devices for treatment. Nebulizers transform liquid medicine into a mist that can be easily absorbed by the lungs to deliver medication both quickly and effectively.
Traditional nebulizer machines are big and bulky and have to be plugged in while in use, making people who use nebulizers feel stuck. A portable nebulizer uses batteries or a USB cord to charge so that you can conveniently use it on the go, no matter where you are. Portable nebulizers are smaller nebulizer machines that work just as well as traditional jet nebulizers. Many people compare portable nebulizers to inhalers for getting respiratory relief from a number of different conditions.
Are Portable Nebulizers Effective for Treatment?
Portable nebulizers are extremely effective in treating a number of respiratory ailments including asthma, COPD, and pneumonia. In a lot of cases, nebulizers are more effective for breathing treatment than inhalers. Portable nebulizers are effective for both children and adults because of the size and ease of use. With the mask, your misted medication easily enters your lungs, allowing you to breathe easier even with chronic respiratory illnesses. Even with our mouthpiece, it is very difficult to lose the medication. “Losing medication” means that the mist evaporates in the air before you’re able to breathe it in. This happens with inhalers more often than it happens with nebulized therapy.
How does Nebulized Treatment Work?
Wondering how a portable nebulizer machine works? First of all, because of its design, you don’t have to plug it in anywhere. As long as you put the correct battery in the device, you can use it anywhere at any time. Once it has the correct batteries, you are ready to use your portable nebulizer. Here are the steps you want to take to using it. While it does take up more time than an inhaler, it works more effectively and still delivers you medication relatively quickly.
Step #1: Wash your hands. Then open the nebulizer cup on the top of the device and pour in your prescribed dose of medication or saline.
Step #2: Install the mask (with the adaptor) or the mouthpiece.
Step #3: Press the power button to turn the device on.
Step #4: Breathe in the atomized mist until it’s finished. Be sure to keep a tight seal with the mask or mouthpiece over your face or mouth.
Step #5: Power the device off when the medication is gone and the treatment is finished.
Step #6: Clean and disinfect your nebulizer following these instructions:
- Remove the mouthpiece and any accessories.
- Add 6ml of distilled water to the medicine chamber.
- Run a full cycle through.
- Shake out any remaining drops and allow the device to air dry.
Disinfect your nebulizer by following the first four steps but add 2 to 3 drops of white vinegar and run a full cycle. After this solution is nebulized, run one more cycle of just distilled water. Wipe out the medicine cup with distilled water to ensure there is no vinegar residue left over.
Portable Nebulizers vs. Inhalers
We’ve talked a little bit about the difference between portable nebulizers and inhalers, but what makes a portable nebulizer machine so much better than an inhaler? Because inhalers require a certain amount of coordination for the medication to reach your lungs, there is a lot of room for error. If you don’t use your inhaler correctly, you may not be getting your entire dose of medications.
With nebulizers, you simply keep the mouthpiece or mask to your mouth and breathe in the mist. Using the mask makes it more difficult to lose the medication, meaning it’s a more accurate dose each time you use it. The biggest downside of nebulization therapy is portability. Portable nebulizers fix that issue because of how similar they are to inhalers. Most portable nebulizer machines are just slightly larger than the average inhaler, making it just as convenient to take on the go.
What Can I Use a Nebulizer For?
You can use a mesh nebulizer for a number of respiratory conditions. This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the primary illnesses that can be effectively treated with a portable nebulizer machine.
Allergies are a common annoyance for many people and can be seasonal or constant. Allergies can trigger immune responses and potentially cause airway irritation and wheezing. A portable nebulizer machine provides immediate relief for your indoor, outdoor, allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies.
Asthma: Asthma is a condition where specific triggers cause the airways to constrict and produce extra mucus, causing wheezing and difficulty breathing. Our small portable nebulizer is just slightly larger than the average inhaler, making it just as convenient to take on the go.
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is typically caused by a virus and causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, resulting in symptoms like cough, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, and excess mucus. With a portable nebulizer machine and a prescription for a liquid corticosteroid for your bronchitis, you can quickly and effectively get rid of the inflammation that is causing your breathing to be labored and shallow.
Congestion: Chest congestion occurs when the mucus membranes in the airways go into overdrive and produce excess secretions; it is generally caused by a virus and can be a side effect of other illnesses. A portable nebulizer is one of the best treatment methods for chest congestion, head congestion, and nasal congestion.
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a common condition seen in people who have smoked for many years. This chronic respiratory disease is characterized by damaged lung tissues and exacerbations that can cause distress and constricted airways. Using nebulized therapy allows you to get an accurate dose of your COPD meds each time you use the nebulizer.
COVID-19: While symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, sometimes breathing difficulties and pneumonia can manifest. Your doctor may recommend nebulized medications to help relieve symptoms. Portable nebulizers provide immediate relief from your COVID-19 and associated respiratory symptoms.
Croup: Croup is a common viral upper respiratory infection in younger children, causing swelling around the voicebox. The famous “barking” cough is characteristic of croup. If your child or infant has croup, our small portable nebulizer can help with their worst respiratory symptoms.
Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an illness in which the small air sacs called alveoli in the lungs to get infected and filled with fluid or pus. The airways also produce extra mucus, and it is often dark in color. Pneumonia causes fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. While a nebulizer can’t get rid of your pneumonia, it can help relieve your respiratory symptoms and get you back to breathing easier in no time.
RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a very contagious and common respiratory virus that hits young children the hardest. While mild cases manifest as cold symptoms, more serious cases cause significant inflammation in the small airways of the lungs. With even just one dose of nebulized RSV meds, you or your child will feel back to normal in no time.
Why is TruNeb™ the Best Mesh Nebulizer?
If you’re thinking you need a portable nebulizer, try the TruNeb™! Our nebulizer is truly the best portable nebulizer on the market, giving you an accurate and quick dose of your medications each time you need them.
The TruNeb™ turns your liquid medication into a mist that you breathe in, helping the meds to reach your lungs quicker, and giving you immediate relief when you need it most.
Our portable mesh nebulizer machine works for both kids and adults, making it easy for anyone who needs nebulized therapy.