After I got asked the question, "Is it okay to use the same neb after a bout of pneumonia?" it made me think … gosh, how does everyone clean and care for their nebs?
For so many of our members, nebulizers really are a lifeline. But it's the kind of thing that we may not think about.
I remember my mom having a winter of terrible bouts of pneumonia when I was little. She'd get sick, wind up in the hospital, get better, come home, and relapse. They finally traced it down to a nose spray bottle that she'd unthinkingly still used! The spray bottle suctioned a tiny amount of the bacteria back into the spray, and she was "dosing" herself with bacteria every time she'd come home and use it.
Because of that, if DD ever gets sick, we toss her saline solution nasal spray after she gets well. And if I buy any sort of nasal decongestant or spray for DH or me when we have a cold or sinus infection, in the trash it goes after we get well.
Nebs and other equipment can be the same way. They just are our trusty workhorses and can fade into the background.
How does your nebulizer manual tell you to clean and sanitize your neb? Are you good about doing it? Ever had any issues?