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How Does a Portable Nebulizer Work?

Thinking about buying a portable nebulizer machine, but wondering how they work? We’ll be talking all about portable nebulizer machines and how they work compared to inhalers and traditional jet nebulizers. We’ll also be discussing the benefits of using these devices versus other forms of medication and breathing treatment.

Nebulizers are devices that turn your liquid medicine into a fine mist that you breathe in through a mask or mouthpiece. This type of breathing treatment is great for those with chronic or acute respiratory ailments. If you think a portable nebulizer would work well for you, be sure to talk to your doctor about what medications you should use, or whether it would be a simple saline solution.

If you are considering nebulized therapy, TruNeb™ is a great option for you. Our nebulizers are convenient to use on the go and effective for treating things like asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

What is a Portable Nebulizer Machine?

A portable nebulizer is just like any other nebulizer treatment machine, except that it is more of a handheld nebulizer machine than other devices are. With a portable nebulizer, you can take it on the go, wherever you need it, making it easy to get relief from your symptoms no matter where you are.

Portable nebulizers are a fairly new concept, whereas traditional devices have been around for a long time. We’ll go over the differences between a portable device and a traditional jet nebulizer.

Portable Nebulizer vs. Traditional Jet Nebulizer

Traditional jet nebulizer machines are big and bulky and have to be plugged in while in use, making people who use nebulizers feel stuck. They are not very easily transported, meaning it’s difficult to bring with you when you go out or travel. A portable nebulizer machine uses batteries or a USB cord to charge so that you can conveniently use it on the go, no matter where you are.

Portable nebulizer machines are proven to 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.

Portable Nebulizers vs. Inhalers 

Now that we’ve discussed the difference between portable nebulizers and jet nebulizers, let’s talk about what makes a portable nebulizer machine so much better than an inhaler. Inhalers require a certain amount of coordination for the medication to reach your lungs, so 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. While there are more steps to using a nebulizer than with an inhaler, the relief you get is much better and more immediate. When using a nebulizer, you simply keep the mouthpiece or mask tight to your mouth and breathe in the mist. Using the mask makes it less likely that you will lose the medication, which means you get a more accurate dose each time you use it. One of the biggest inhibitors for people who need breathing treatment is that jet nebulizers are big, bulky, and not very portable. TruNeb™ and our 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 Are The Advantages of Portable Nebulized Therapy?

Portable nebulizers are just as effective in treating respiratory ailments as traditional nebulizers. And we’ve mentioned that they are more effective for treatment than inhalers. You can use a portable nebulizer to treat any respiratory illness, including asthma, COPD, and pneumonia. In a lot of cases, nebulizers are more effective for breathing treatment than inhalers.

Nebulized therapy is often more effective than taking medication in pill form. You get better, instant relief with a nebulizer than you do with a pill. It helps with inflammation and blocked airways, leaving you breathing better and feeling better quicker.

How Does Nebulized Treatment Work?

If you have never used a nebulizer before, you may be wondering how nebulization therapy works. As we briefly mentioned, the machine turns your liquid medication into a mist that you breathe in, and it goes directly into your lungs.

Your doctor will prescribe the right type of medication and help you determine the best course of action as far as breathing treatment goes. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you think nebulization therapy would work well for you. Most nebulizers work similarly, but the big difference with our portable nebulizers is that you don’t have to plug them into a wall or sit in a stationary position while using them. Here are the steps you would take to use the TruNeb™ or any other portable nebulizer machine.

Steps to Using Your Nebulizer

Step #1: Wash your hands. Then open the nebulizer cup on the top of the device and pour in your prescribed dose of liquid medicine or saline.

Step #2: Install the mask (with the adaptor) or the mouthpiece. Our device comes with both. So, you have the choice of using either one – whichever is easiest and most convenient for you.

Step #3: Press the power button to turn the device on and start using it. Once you hit the power button, the nebulization therapy starts immediately. So don’t power it on until you are ready to start treatment.

Step #4: Once you start nebulization therapy, you just need to breathe in the fine mist until it’s finished. Be sure to keep a tight seal with the mask or mouthpiece over your face or mouth, because this will keep you from losing any of the medication out the side of the mask or mouthpiece.

Step #5: Power the device off when the medication is gone and the treatment is finished. Wait until the treatment is completely gone before you power off. If you power off before the treatment is over, you may not get your full prescribed dosage.

Step #6: Clean and disinfect your device immediately after use, following these instructions:

  1. Remove the mouthpiece and any accessories.
  2. Add 6ml of distilled water to the medicine chamber.
  3. Run a full cycle through.
  4. Shake out any remaining drops and allow the device to air dry.


To disinfect your nebulizer, follow the first four steps but add 2 to 3 drops of white vinegar and run a full cycle. After this solution has been nebulized, run one more cycle of just distilled water. Wipe and dry out the medicine cup with distilled water to ensure there is no vinegar residue left over.

What Illnesses Can I Use a Portable Nebulizer For?

You can use a handheld nebulizer for many respiratory conditions, both chronic and acute. The list below includes the most common types of respiratory ailments that nebulized therapy can work well for. However, nebulizers can provide relief for any type of ailment where inflammation and blocked airways occur.

Allergies

A portable nebulizer machine provides immediate relief for your indoor, outdoor, allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies. Many symptoms of allergies are respiratory-related and can cause difficulty breathing. Your device will help you relieve these symptoms.

Asthma

Most people think of inhalers for their asthma, but nebulized therapy can be more effective. Our small portable nebulizer machine is just slightly larger than the average inhaler, making it just as convenient to take on the go.

Bronchitis

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. The feeling of blocked airways will instantly dissolve after nebulization treatment.

Congestion

Congestion can cause trouble breathing and an array of respiratory symptoms. A portable nebulizer is one of the best treatment methods for chest congestion, head congestion, and nasal congestion because it helps to release the congestion and open up your airways.

COPD

This chronic respiratory disease is characterized by damaged lung tissues and exacerbations that can cause distress and constricted airways. While there are other forms of treatment available for COPD patients, using nebulized therapy allows you to get an accurate dose of your COPD meds each time you use the device.

COVID-19

Portable nebulizers provide immediate relief from your COVID-19 and associated respiratory symptoms. With COVID-19, many patients have experienced difficulty breathing and an increased likelihood of developing pneumonia. These symptoms are easily relieved when you use nebulized therapy.

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 infection in which the small air sacs in the lungs get infected and then fill up with fluid or pus. When you have pneumonia, your airways also produce extra mucus, and it is often dark in color. Pneumonia causes fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. While it’s important to note that 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. Mild cases manifest as cold symptoms, but more serious cases cause significant inflammation in the small airways of your child’s lungs. With even just one dose of nebulized RSV meds, you or your child will feel back to normal in no time.

Mesh Nebulizer vs. Compressor Nebulizer

The most commonly used nebulizers are either mesh nebulizers or compressor nebulizers. Mesh nebulizers, like TruNeb™, use a mesh cap to distribute the misted medication from the nebulizer cup to your mouth, lungs, and airway. The mesh is made of tiny little holes that the medication seeps through.

Alternatively, a compressor nebulizer uses a mechanical part to push air through the nebulizer to distribute the treatment from the cup into your lungs and airway.

What Makes TruNeb™ the Best Mesh Nebulizer?

If you’re thinking you need a portable nebulizer, try the TruNeb™! Our nebulizer is truly the best portable mesh 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.

Here are just a few of the advantages of using our device:

  • Quiet: compared to other breathing treatment machines, TruNeb™ is very quiet – you’ll barely hear it!
  • Easy to Use: As you can see from the steps above, it’s very simple to use! The total treatment time takes about 7-10 minutes depending on your prescribed dose of meds.
  • For Kids and Adults: Both kids and adults can use this device. It has a smaller mask for kids as well as the option for a mouthpiece so they can be comfortable while using it.
  • Unique Design: Our device is not much bigger than the average inhaler. It’s pocket-sized and when you use the mouthpiece, it’s not much different than using an inhaler, aside from the slightly longer treatment time.


Our portable mesh nebulizer machine works for both kids and adults, making it easy for anyone who needs nebulized therapy. Contact us if you have any inquiries about our pocket-size nebulizer, we are always happy to help!

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