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Nebulizers for Asthma Treatment

Posted Apr 23 2009 5:25pm

By Madeline Vann, MPH

By Madeline Vann, MPH

If you or someone you love has asthma, your doctor may suggest using a nebulizer as a way to deliver the medicine that helps control asthma symptoms. This optional asthma treatment contains the same medication as an inhaler but delivers it in a different way. Its users generally are too sick or too young to breathe in deeply and use an inhaler effectively.

Humidifiers and aerosol (airborne particles) technology have delivered asthma medicines to patients in the United States since 1949, when the practice was called “inhalotherapy.” The technology continues to develop and includes such modifications as animal-shaped nebulizers for young asthma sufferers.

> Asthma Treatment: How a Nebulizer Works

> Asthma Treatment: When a Nebulizer Becomes Essential

> Asthma Treatment: How to Use Your Nebulizer

> Asthma Treatment: Drawbacks to Nebulizers

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