A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid medicine into a mist or vapor that you can breathe in (inhale). This medicine helps to open the air passages in your lungs. You may need to use a nebulizer if you have an acute breathing illness, such as pneumonia. A nebulizer may also be used to treat chronic conditions, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonarydisease (COPD).
There are different kinds of nebulizers. With some nebulizers, you breathe in medicine through a mouthpiece. With others, you get medicine through a mask that fits over your nose and mouth.
Preparing a nebulizer
Using a nebulizer
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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