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Inhalers: What You Should Know

Inhalers are the most common type of quick-relief treatment for severe breathing symptoms. Here’s what you should know about this device:

  • What they are: Instead of ingesting medication in pill form, an inhaler delivers medication directly to your lungs. You hold the inhaler in front of your open mouth and the device pushes out the medicine in bursts, or puffs.

  • What they do: The medication in an inhaler aims to open up the airways so you can breathe easier. This can be an effective treatment for breathing problems related to asthma and COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Because of its directed delivery, using an inhaler offers some people fewer side effects than oral medications. Learn more about asthma and COPD.

Nebulizers: What You Should Know

Nebulizers are electric or battery-powered machines that can offer quick relief for certain breathing or respiratory symptoms. Here’s what you should know:

  • What they are: A nebulizer is a machine that turns a medicine into a fine mist, so that you inhale it more easily. You inhale the mist through a mouthpiece or a face mask.

  • What they treat: Nebulizers are often used to treat asthma in small children or babies. Because inhalers require coordination, a nebulizer can often deliver necessary medication to the lungs more effectively in young children. Albuterol is a common medication delivered through nebulizers. Learn more about asthma.

Experience the Blessing Difference: Our Pulmonary Care

We offer comprehensive pulmonary care services to effectively treat or manage a range of breathing problems and pulmonary diseases. Learn more about our pulmonology care.

Patients choose Blessing for pulmonary care because of our:

  • Convenience: We address multiple aspects of your care in a single visit, wherever possible. That often includes diagnosis and treatment, so you can start breathing easier and get back to your life.

  • In-depth education: Using an inhaler or a nebulizer is not as simple as taking an oral medication. We make it easier by showing you how to use them, answering all of your questions before you leave.

  • Responsive follow-up: If you run into problems or have any concerns, we encourage you to call us. We will answer questions you have—and ask you to come back for follow-up if necessary.

  • Effective pulmonary rehab program: We offer a pulmonary rehab program that aims to improve lung function and capacity. If our doctors think you could benefit from these exercises, a program coordinator will call you to determine how this rehab can best work for your schedule. Read more about our pulmonary rehab program.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call (217) 214-6267.