What is a nebulizer treatment?
A nebulizer is a medical device that vaporizes medication to be inhaled in order to treat many respiratory disorders, offering some advantages over traditional inhalers. A nebulizer allows a patient to breath normally while being treated whereas inhalers require deep uninterrupted breaths in order to be effective. Nebulizers can also be combined with concentrated oxygen therapy. This is extremely important for patients in respiratory distress. Some respiratory disorders treated with a nebulizer, include:
- Reactive Airway Disease - Characterized by symptoms of airway obstruction or inflammation, It is usually caused from allergens or noxious fumes. Reactive airway disease can be limited to wheezing from allergies, but it also includes other more serious conditions.
- Asthma - Asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease, is a reactive airway disease that causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
- Bronchitis - Bronchitis is a common respiratory disease that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It can be caused by a combination of reactive airway disease with bacterial or viral infection. Patients suffer from similar symptoms to asthma, but usually with increased thick sputum production and more extreme fatigue. Smokers suffer more often from bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, sometimes called emphysema) - COPD is a permanent abnormal enlargement of air spaces and destruction of the alveoli in the lungs. It is caused by constant and chronic damage to the lungs, usually from chronic bronchitis. The highest risk factor for COPD is smoking. Treatment involves smoking cessation, a combination of steroids, bronchodilators from inhalers or nebulizers, and antibiotics.
Why chose Urgentology
Our staff are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of respiratory disease and treat it appropriately. If you or your child need nebulizer therapy but do not want to spend hours in the emergency room, our urgent care may be right for you. Come visit us at our Viridian clinic in North Arlington. You can book an appointment on-line or just walk-in at your convenience.
Important: If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. Information in this site is not intended to be used as a diagnosis for your symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention or visit Urgentology Care.