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How is a nebulizer used to treat asthma?

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If you’re having difficulty using small inhalers, your doctor may prescribe an asthma nebulizer . This machine has a mouthpiece or mask and is typically used for infants, small children, older adults, or anyone who has difficulty using inhalers with spacers. The nebulizer changes asthma medications from a liquid to a mist, so that they can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. This takes a few more minutes than using inhalers.

From: Asthma Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

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