Sometimes children’s allergy symptoms don’t stop with a stuffy nose and
watery eyes. If your child has allergic asthma, the most common form of asthma,
exposure to allergens like pollen and mold can cause breathing passages to
become swollen and inflamed. Childhood allergies that trigger asthma can lead
to wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
When that happens, your child’s doctor may prescribe the use of a breathing
machine called a nebulizer. The following Q & A will help you teach your
child how to get the most benefit from using a nebulizer.
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A nebulizer is a machine that’s used to deliver asthma medication to the
lungs. It does this by converting liquid medication into a mist. The mist can
then be inhaled.
What Medications are Delivered With a Nebulizer?
There are several types of allergic asthma medicines that can be delivered
by a nebulizer. They include:
Inhaled corticosteroids. These drugs have been used for more than
half a century. They reduce breathing passage inflammation, bronchial tube
swelling, and the overproduction of mucus.
Bronchodilators. These drugs are often used on an as-needed basis.
They’re used to address asthma symptoms.
Non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications. These drugs lessen
inflammation in the airways. Although they have few side effects, they do not
control the symptoms of allergic asthma as well as inhaled