Have you been thinking about purchasing a portable nebulizer but worried about the cost? Most traditional jet nebulizers can cost upwards of $100. High-quality machines can cost even more than that.
Even portable nebulizer machines can cost that much. But our TruNeb™ nebulizers cost just a fraction of that, at just $49 U.S. dollars. With inhalers, you have to replace them regularly. But the TruNeb™ will last for years if you use it properly and clean it after each nebulized therapy session.
This guide will explain how much portable nebulizers are compared to jet nebulizers and inhalers. We’ll also talk about how to use one and why they are so effective in treating respiratory illnesses.
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.
Advantages of Using Portable Nebulizers
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.
Easy To Use
They are portable and ready to take anywhere. When you use portable nebulized therapy, there is no tubing or air sources required. Simply plug in the USB or install batteries and use them instantly.
Great for Kids and Adults
Traditional jet nebulizers are big and bulky. But a portable nebulizer features a sleek, portable design that makes it ideal for use anywhere. Easily use it around the house without having to plug anything in, or take it with you to school, work, the gym, or out with friends. Our pocket-size nebulizer is easy to slip into a purse or backpack, making it accessible anytime you need a breathing treatment.
How Much Do Portable Nebulizers Cost?
Most portable nebulizers will cost more than $100. The price usually varies based on size, functionality, and color. However, you can find portable nebulizers for just $49 online. Some machines are of higher quality than others. You must look at all the features and benefits. You want a nebulizer that doesn’t require a charger, is pocket-sized and easy to transport and gives instant relief for any respiratory symptoms.
Compared to Inhalers
The average cost of an inhaler is between $50 and $90 – and that’s just for the generic brand. That can get expensive when you consider the fact that you have to replace them at least once per year. Inhalers are hard to clean which makes them a health hazard if you don’t switch them out regularly.
With a portable nebulizer, you get a more accurate dose and you can easily clean your machine so that it lasts you years.
Compared to Traditional Jet Nebulizers
Traditional jet nebulizers are pretty similar in cost to portable devices. However, with a jet nebulizer, you also have to purchase any necessary accessories. These machines are big and bulky and require you to sit in one spot while you use them, making them extremely difficult to use while you’re on the go.
Does Insurance Cover My Portable Nebulizer?
You have to contact your insurance company to find out if the cost of your nebulizer is covered by your policy. Even if your portable nebulizer is not covered, the medication should be covered by your insurance.
However, most insurance policies do cover the cost of purchasing a nebulizer machine. Most policies require that you show proof of medication prescribed by your doctor to be nebulized.
What Can I Use a Nebulizer For?
You can use a mesh nebulizer for many 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.
Asthma is a condition where specific triggers cause the airways to constrict and produce extra mucus, causing wheezing and difficulty breathing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Croup is a common viral upper respiratory infection in younger children, causing swelling around the voicebox. The famous “barking” cough is characteristic of croup.
Pneumonia is an illness in which the small air sacs called alveoli in the lungs 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.
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.
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 your 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.
Why is TruNeb™ the Best Portable Nebulizer?
Our nebulizer is truly the best portable nebulizer on the market, for the simple reason that it gives 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. Order your own nebulizer now!