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When using your nebulizer do you . . .

When using your nebulizer for albuterol or other meds do you take breaks?  With my asthma, I find that if I am breathing poorly enough to need my nebulizer rather than my rescue inhaler, then I need to take one or two breaks during my dose.  The breaks are only for a minute or two, just enough to cough and clear my lungs.  Then when I continue with the nebulizer, I am able to get the medicine deeper in my lungs where it needs to be.

I was wondering if any of you do this or what little things you do that help when you use your nebulizer.

Thoughts?  Thanks!!

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  • Kathy P

    I do if it throws me into a coughing fit. Usually it doesn't, but sometimes taking those deep breaths will cause coughing. So I'll turn it off for a minute while I cough so I'm not wasting part of the medicine. 

  • Melissa G

    Rebekah has to take breaks when she is taking neb treatments when she is really flaring. And when she is really bad she does better with the face mask instead of the mouth piece when she uses the neb.

  • Pljohns

    If I'm really bad, I have to stop to cough too-don't you have a trekS?  Pari makes a mouthpiece specifically to use only when your sick-something about it makes the particle size smaller so it gets deeper into your lungs.  It's called the Pari LC Star-I've got one and use it when I come out of the hospital.  The treatments seem to take a little longer and I'm guessing it's because of the smaller particle size.

  • LK

    Yes, I do have the Trek S.  That sounds like an interesting mouthpiece.  I didn't realize there were different kinds like that.  Thanks!!  

  • Pljohns

    I didn't either until I started reading about it-I ordered it right then and have it when I need it.  I don't use it all the time-just when I'm sick.

  • LK

    That reminds me that it has been the six-month time frame for me to replace my mouthpieces for my nebulizers.  Thanks for sparking my memory!  

  • Pljohns

    I on purpose do mine in June and December-somehow it's easier for me to remember those 2 months.  Don't forget the filter too!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Sometimes I have to stop my nebulizer treatment due to coughing or a pebbly scratching in my throat. Sometimes it starts immediately after I start the treatment. I do stop for a few minutes and take a break. My doctor told me that I can stop for up to 15 minutes if I need to. This is what I do while "nebulizing"…I read a magazine. It keeps my mind off of my breathing problems and many times I don't even think of the nebulizer at all. The time goes by faster. If I just sit there…it gets boring and seems to take forever. I got several free magazine subscriptions on a site called valuemags.com. Been getting mags there for free for years. No obligation or scam whatsoever. They offer different mags at different times. Sometimes they have lots to choose from. I keep checking the site. We all know how important it is to keep our equipment clean. I feel that if something isn't going right, the best thing to do is call the doctor. Sometimes a change is needed. Sometimes you could have another health issue. I know the treatments have helped me more than caused me harm. Hope you all have a good breathing day!!! Hugs minus the germs…LOL…..Debbie 😃