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Portable nebulizers and neb supply care

more questions! Sorry guys for the verbal diarrhea:

– do you have a favorite portable nebulizer system? I have a Phillips innospire here at home but it’s kinda big, clunky and noisy. I’m going to have to start traveling for work in the next few months and have been eyeballing 3: Pari trek s, innospire mini or devilbiss traveler. Do you recommend any of them, none of them or have other suggestions? 

– how do you guys care for your neb parts? I have 2 sets and rotate them every 24 hrs. After use they get dumped in hot soapy water and once a week get vinegar baths. I’m wondering if I should be more aggressive and use the dishwasher or boil it all (neb soup! Yay!) to help nuke more bacteria and prevent opportunistic infection? I’ve never been much of a germaphobe, but it is a straight shot straight to the lungs when using a nebulizer, eek.

thanks in advance – em

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  • K8sMom2002

    Different folks have different favorite nebs — some folks really like to have a portable neb so that they can take it with them, especially if they can't use inhalers. 

    As for caring for your neb, what does the manual say? Some plastics aren't dishwasher safe, and others require a bit of TLC. 

    And ask away! That's what we're here for, and for every person asking the question, there's more who are wondering the same thing.

  • Emelina

    The manual mentions both dish washer and boiling safe. We have ridiculously hard water here and I hate boiling, it leaves a ring of salt around the pan and a crusty film on my neb parts. Gross! Maybe i should boil em in distilled water? Just was wondering what’s practical but safe … kinda like baby bottles … for baby #1 you boil everything. Baby #3 as long as it looks clean it’s good to go. 

  • LK

    I have the Pari Trek S and love it.  It is much quieter than my old Phillips table top model.  I also just recently got the Philips Innospire Go portable mesh nebulizer.  It is so quiet you can't even hear it.  Easy to use, too.  Have used it a handful of times so far when I am out and about.  

  • Pljohns

    I also have a pari trek S-actually a few of them-and love them!  I have the battery pack with one and the other two, the batteries have long since died on.  I can't say enough good about it-quiet, portable-really good system.  I also have a Omron that i carry in my purse all the time.  It's been good-it's like 8 years old now and has started really going through the batteries but it is really good.  I like it because it usused AA batteries instead of having lithium ones to charge.  My question has always been this-how are you going to charge it if you don't have power?  I did try the flyp-loved the size but had LOTS of issues with it and do't even bother to carry it now and wouldn't recommend it.

  • Emelina

    Thanks Lynn and Lisa. Ordered a Pari trek s! Good question about charging … gah, major spring winter storm coming

  • Pljohns

    Em-make sure and register both the battery and the neb when you get them. Pari had a run of bad luck with batteries but they always replaced mine free if it was registered and was within the 6 month warranty it has.  I've not had any problems in the last couple of years with them-one of the reps told me they had quality control issues at a  plant and stopped production on the batteries until they could get it fixed.  Apparently they got it fixed.  

  • Emelina

    Perfect, thanks for the tip Lynn! It’ll be here Monday right before my first day back at work. Shaking in my boots a bit (I work 24hr shifts for 5-7 days at a time). I’m definitely going to join the mask club for the first few weeks. No way I’m risking a repeat infection on the heels of this … plus RSV and flu B is now running through the community. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    This is mine. I had one that ran on electricity but couldn't use it because we had a power outage right after my last asthma attack. So I only use battery operated. I use vinegar and bottle water to clean the mesh cap and bottle and mouth piece after every use. If I need it when I'm away from home I run bottle water through it and wait till I get home. I put everything in a cup and let it sit for 15 minutes. And then rinse with more bottled water.

  • Emelina

    Thanks Marie! Those mesh nebulizers look so nifty and portable. It’s amazimg how tech keeps getting smaller, quieter and more efficient. Now only if they made a dryer that folded clothes and bed that made itself! 

  • Pljohns

    Marie-that is the same one I have and have had for almost 8 years now.  I need a new one because this one has started eating batteries but as long as it keeps working, that's the one I'll keep.  I really like it because of the batteries-no worries about electricity being off.  The only down side for me-my maintenance meds specifically say not for use in a mesh vibrating neb so I can't use my maintenance meds it in.

  • LK

    Lynn,  It is a good thing that you read the medical information that comes with meds!     Would not have occurred to me that there would be a difference with how a neb works as to whether a vibrating mesh neb would be okay to use.

  • Emelina

    Some days just need a reset button! Already got into 2 squabble fests with dh, Human Resources is calling (totally clueless as usual), feeling poopy and coughy and laid down only to have the tornado siren next to my house test fire … but, on the upside, this came!!! Thank you for the recommendations. 

    Do you guys order your supplies, replacement equipment filters online or through your local DME company? My insurance stinks so I just pay out of pocket (extremely limited selection). I’ve been using direct home medical and they are awesome. Shipping is free and they say it could take 8-10 business days, but they always send everything 3 day priority for no extra charge.

    the other positive: I like to cook to beat stress. Home made spaghetti sauce which will become lasagna is on the stove and bubbling away. Thank goodness for comfort food, pajama days and slippers. I’ve still got 1 more day of leave and intend to be as comfy as possible (helps that it’s still freezing outside). Too bad we are all scattered across the country or we could meet up for in person meals together. Though, Lynn, you’re a seattle-ite?! Sweet. That’s my hometown. I wondered if you were from Seattle when you mentioned darkness and rain! My hope is to move the family home soon. Currently I’m a Seattle native pretending to be a Midwesterner. They all laugh at work when it snows … I come stomping into work with scrubs, knee boots, hat, scarf, ski coat and extra long reach snow broom scraper. Rain I can do, drizzle no problem, snow … not do much. Hmmm, that would be awesome if we ended up being fairly close by each other! I used to live in the Ravenna area while going to school. Send some rain here! I’m parched! Though, there’s a blizzard coming on Wednesday! 🙄 it is March right? 

  • Melissa G

    Yay, for the nebulizer being delivered! I check prices to see what is the cheapest and order that way. 

  • Pljohns

    Em-for all things nebulizer, I've always used justnebulizers.com  They have been amazing to work with and have everything all of my pari's need.