Nebulization Benefits, Side Effects | Nebulizer for Asthma Cure

Question:

What are side effects of regular Nebulization? How often Nebulization can be done?

Answer:

Nebulizer is a medical device used in respiratory disorders to deliver the medication in the mist form or vapor. It can be used by the elderly as well as the young and the children. The benefit of using nebulizer is much more than regular use of inhalers due to its efficiency in drug delivery to the tissues.

The nebulizer runs on battery as well as electricity. It converts the medicine from the liquid to the mist form when the medicine is inhaled.

Type of disease in which nebulizer is used: Asthma is the most common disease where nebulizer is used the other disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  It can also be used in many peadiatric respiratory disorders like acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis, and asthma.

Side effects of using nebulizer: The side effects are mainly due to the medicines used in nebulization and not due to nebulizer itself.

  • Irritation in the throat and air passage leading to hoarseness, sore throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Bad taste in mouth, thrush in the mouth
  • If the nebulizer parts are not maintained hygienically there are chances of getting bacterial infection to the user.
  • As the medicine which is used turns into vapor form, the affectivity is comparatively enhanced, resulting into overdose of the medicine in some cases.
  • Some people are allergic to plastic material parts used, such as masks, mouthpiece.

How often nebulization can be done?

It will depend on the severity of the disease in the patient.

13 Comments

  1. P said:

    My son is 2.7 years old and he suffers from coughing. He coughs badly at times and doctors have recommended use of Nebulizers. His health is also going down. Is it the effect of Nebulizer and the medicines he is taking. Some people say that these medicines are steroids. Is it really harmful for kids?

    February 12, 2012
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    • TDR said:

      Some of the known side effects of nebulizers are: nervousness, dizziness, sore throat, dry mouth, bad taste in the mouth and some others. Maybe one of these if causing your child to lose appetite thus making him weak and ill. You will have to gradually monitor his condition and check how he reacts under certain conditions. You may also want to try some alternatives to a nebulizer after consulting your physician. Some of the common alternatives for nebulaziers are: hand-held inhalers that delivers the required dosage to your lungs, oral medications that can control chronic airway diseases, an immuno-therapy treatment plan may also help eliminate allergy causing anti-bodies, breathing techniques and yoga could also provide some relief.

      February 13, 2012
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  2. SK said:

    Can anyone suggest whether nebulisation is good to be given daily? I am using for my son daily once since he had cough.

    February 1, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Nebulisation for Asthma problem is become a boon to reduce the severe attack. The bronchodilator medicine can go deep inside the alveoli and dilate them. This helps the patient to breath easily. However, most of the time, nebulization is used when the symptoms are severe. In mild cases other treatment methods are also as beneficial as nebulization.

      February 2, 2013
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  3. SK said:

    My son is 2 years and 3 months old. He frequently catches cold and cough. Doctors use nebulization. He feels better after that but after few days he again catches cold and cough. Whether Nebulization frequently is harmful? Is there any other home remedy to cure the problem?

    August 23, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Nebulization may be necessary if cough is severe and there is excessive congestion. However, regarding its frequency you should ask the treating doctor concerned. There are several home remedies that are useful in reducing frequent episodes of cough and at the same time treat the condition.
      • Turmeric is found beneficial in alleviating cough. Put a pinch of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. Stir it with spoon and let him drink this mixture once in a day.
      • Give him honey and lime juice dissolved in a glass of water.
      • Herbal tea such from slippery elm, sage leaves, and licorice roots is beneficial. Add a teaspoon of honey to it. It calms cough and cold.
      • Rub essential oils such as eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil on chest. It should be mixed with carrier oil such as olive oil before applying it on chest.

      August 28, 2013
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  4. GR said:

    My son is two and half year old. He is suffering from recurrent episodes of cough and cold. Sometimes I have to take him to the doctor. He treats him with medicines in the nebulizer, after which he feels better. I am worried if there is any side effect of nebulizer.

    January 3, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      In toddlers and children the immunity is still in developing stage. They are therefore susceptible to minor ailments like cough and cold. Nebulizer is very helpful as the micro particles of medicines easily reach the alveoli of the lungs and reduce inflammation. However, the main point is to enhance the immunity of your child, so that he does not suffer from recurrent cold and cough. Homeopathic medicines are valuable in such cases. Consult a good homeopath around your area. Also give him natural remedies. Boil few leaves of basil in a cup of water. Once it becomes sold, strain the liquid and give him one teaspoon two times in a day. You can add half teaspoon of honey for the taste.

      January 6, 2015
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  5. AS said:

    My baby is 3 year old he has cough since 5 days and cold since one week. Is nebulization necessary for my kid?

    January 12, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Every child does who coughs do not need to be nebulized. The pediatrician after examining the child finds out whether he or she requires to be nebulized. In certain circumstances where the child is breathless or has asthma like breathing, there nebulization helps the child to breathe easily. In minor cough, home remedies or conventional prescription medicines recommended by the doctor are sufficient for treating the condition. So if you feel your child is restless and coughs a lot, consult your pediatrician.

      January 12, 2015
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  6. Rupak said:

    My daughter is 4 and a half years old and from the very beginning, she catches cough and cold often enough. Whenever she catches cough, it becomes worse with dry cough. She becomes restless with that cough. Recently my doctor has nebulized her and has given other medicines. But can you please tell me how to make her immunity strong so that she does not catch cough and cold easily.

    December 15, 2017
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  7. KS said:

    My son is 5 years old and he is suffering from frequent episodes of wheezing. Sometimes he needs to be treated with a nebulizer when wheezing becomes severe. Now we are trying homeopathy medicine. His homeopathic physician advises against the use of nebulizer. But even with homeopathic medicine, he sometimes has severe wheezing. Can we use nebulizer for him as an emergency measures?

    June 29, 2018
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    • PUP said:

      Whether to take nebulizer therapy if there is severe wheezing completely depends on you. In acute severe wheezing the patient may feel extremely uncomfortable. In such situation with nebulizer wheezing promptly stops and patient feels relieved. Homeopathy may take long time to act. It will help to reduce severity and frequency of wheezing in a long run. It enhances immunity of the individual and hence the person reduces getting cough, cold and throat infection. Over a period of time, it reduces the need to take bronchodilator and other medicines.

      July 27, 2018
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