Nebulization during Monsoon – All you need to know

Monsoon brings with it multiple air-borne infections, resulting in the common flu, cough, cold and sore throat as well. Wheezing, coughing, rapid breathing, and lung infections such as Pneumonia and Bronchitis is a common occurrence during the season.

Nebulizer is a simple medical device which helps deliver the necessary medication to those who may be incapable of breathing adequately. This device administers medication in the form of mist to be inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for treatment of asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory disorders or diseases.

Many Indian families have started keeping nebulizers at home for personal use as suggested by their doctors. Appropriate use of a nebulizer in order to ease breathing discomfort and treat allergies has many benefits.

How Nebulizers work?

Nebulizer comes with a base called as the compressor, a medicine tray or cup into which the prescribed medication is added and a mask that needs to be fitted to the nose. The compressor is connected to the medicine tray via a connecting tube, which can be easily connected, and dismantled after use.

When the parts are assembled as per the instructions provided and then switched on, it converts the medicine added to the medicine tray into mist that helps ease the breathing problem. The mist keeps forming, and when the medication is over, the medicine tray/cup will be empty and the mist stops forming. You may then switch it off, dismantle, wash, wipe and put away, till next use.

Safety measures to follow

Administering nebulization therapy at home should always be done under the guidance of a medical professional. It is ideal to discuss with your doctor about the therapy beforehand, to better understand the course of the treatment with right and up-to-date information.

Before assembling the nebulizer, ensure to wash/sanitise hands thoroughly. Dosage of the medicine and sitting position of the user must be followed only as instructed by the doctor. No homemade solutions should be used to do nebulization. It is advised that one person should stay with the one undergoing nebulization therapy, just to ensure that things are in order, especially if kids or pets are around.

After the nebulization therapy, the parts should be separately washed and disinfected every time. Follow the instructions given in the box or ask your physician for the steps to properly clean the parts.

Ensure that the nebulizer you choose is from a trusted brand so that it lasts longer, provided it is properly cared for. BPL home nebulizers ensures silent operation and comes in handy so you can carry it with you always.

Conclusion

Monsoon comes with a whole host of health issues. The ongoing pandemic has taught us the importance of maintaining good health. For this, we must be aware, prepared and equipped beforehand to take care of our health as well as the health of our loved ones. Effective nebulization therapy to treat any form of respiratory issue must be done only upon consulting a local physician.

Note: The content on this page is strictly informational and should not be considered as any form of medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for any queries.

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