A nebulizer is a drug-delivery device that doctors often prescribe for asthmatic children as well as adults who have difficulty using a regular inhaler.  The nebulizer is used to change a variety of asthma medications from liquid to a more easily inhaled mist.  Nebulizer treatment is sometimes referred to as “breathing treatment” because of the device’s effectiveness in delivering large doses of maintenance or quick-relief asthma drugs to the lungs in a short amount of time.   Nebulizers come in a variety of sizes ranging from tabletop units to portable ones that are about the size of a cell phone.  Since nebulizers require energy to operate, units are either powered by electricity or battery operated.

P.S.   In some instances, a nebulizer may be used to administer a breathing treatment in the doctor’s office.

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