Nebulizers are machines that you breathe into. After you put medication in the mouthpiece, the nebulizer changes it from liquid to mist that you inhale. The medication helps relieve symptoms of asthma and other lung conditions like COPD. A prescription is required to get a nebulizer. They can cost $50 and higher. Instructions will come with your nebulizer -- it's important to carefully follow these directions so that you get an effective breathing treatment. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how nebulizers are used, who needs them, how they work, and more.
Nebulizers: Home and Portable
Both home and portable nebulizers are effective asthma treatments. WebMD describes and explains the uses and benefits of both types.
Asthma, Steroids, and Other Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs can decrease the symptoms of asthma. Learn more from WebMD about how they work.
Childhood Asthma Treatments and Medications
Learn more from WebMD about asthma treatments for children, including nebulizers, inhalers, and more.
Bronchodilators are medications used to dilate the lungs’ airways, and they contain a type of drug known as a beta-antagonist. So-called rescue inhalers act in the short term, while other medications are better for long-term use.