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What is a nebuliser?

A nebuliser is an electrically powered machine that creates a mist of medicine which is inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece.

Nebulisers are commonly used to help clear secretions (phlegm) in people with respiratory conditions.

Active cycle of breathing exercises supervised by a specialist therapistAbove: Active cycle of breathing exercises supervised by a specialist therapist

A nebuliser is made up of three parts:
  1. Compressor which is electrically powered to blow air through medication, this breaks the medication into tiny droplets that form a mist within the nebuliser chamber.
  2. Nebuliser chamber that holds the liquid medication, it is in here the medication is converted into mist by the compressor
  3. Mask / mouthpiece through which the mist is inhaled

What are the benefits of using a nebuliser?

The effects of a nebuliser on your respiratory system vary depending on the prescribed medication within them, common benefits include:
  • Decrease the viscosity (thickness) of the secretions (phlegm) – this makes them thinner and easier to cough up
  • Deliver antibiotics
  • Help open up the airways
  • Provide relief from breathlessness

Who would benefit from using a nebuliser?

A nebuliser is particularly useful in emergency situations when using your normal inhaler and spacer combination becomes too difficult.

Nebulisers can also be used in the long-term management of respiratory conditions, including: For a full respiratory assessment by one of our experienced respiratory physiotherapists, call today on 0330 088 7800. Alternatively, you can also book online!

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