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How do nebulizers work to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Nebulizers change liquid medicine into a mist you inhale into your lungs. They aren't really portable, so you keep them at home.

You measure out the medicine into a cup and attach the cup with tubing to the machine. Then you turn it on, relax, and breathe the mist in deeply through a mouthpiece or mask.

Depending on the medication, it usually takes 20 minutes or less to inhale the medicine. Afterward, you need to clean the nebulizer and mouthpiece or mask with water (and soap every now and then) before you use it again.

From: What Devices Help Treat COPD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association.

Gail Weinmann, MD, deputy director, NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, Washington D.C.

American Association for Respiratory Care.

American Lung Association.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

National Jewish Health.

National Lung Health Education Program.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association.

Gail Weinmann, MD, deputy director, NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, Washington D.C.

American Association for Respiratory Care.

American Lung Association.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

National Jewish Health.

National Lung Health Education Program.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 25, 2017

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