• A nebulizer delivers medication to the patient in the form of a fine mist over a period of 15 minutes. Typically used for asthma sufferers, patients should be aware of certain precautions and dangers associated with nebulizers including shock, infection and over self medication.

    Self Medication

    Home and portable nebulizers allow patients to treat their asthma without seeking medical attention. This can be dangerous, as an increase in asthma symptoms may require doctor intervention rather than more nebulizer use. Over self medicating can make asthma more difficult to control.


    As with any appliance, a home nebulizer should only be used with the proper power voltage, which in the U.S. would be 110 volts to 120 volts at a frequency of 60 Hz, to avoid compressor damage or electric shock. Be sure not to use the nebulizer if the cord is frayed, and keep away from water to avoid the possibility of shock or electrocution.


    Nebulizers must be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water and dried after each use so contaminants do not build up in the device and thereby cause infection. Always use a fresh solution and remove used solutions on every use. When drying, it is best to air dry or use lint-free towels as a contaminated towel can breed germs and cause upper respiratory infections.

    Psychological Dependence

    According to an article from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is the potential for users--particularly young users--to develop a psychological dependence on nebulizers, resulting in abuse of the therapy and the risk of substituting its use for other bronchodilator therapies that might be more effective.

    FDA Warning

    The FDA issued a warning after the death of a pregnant woman taking Relenza Inhalation Powder that the medication should not be used in a nebulizer. Relenza Inhalation Powder is a medication used for influenza.


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