Finding the right Nebulizer?

Shopping online has become increasingly easy and more accessible in recent years, from clothes to medical supplies. However, before buying any medical equipment, particularly a nebulizer or nebulizer system online, it is imperative to understand its functionality as well as benefits along with other details such as the types of models available and the key requirements to make the right decision. A nebulizer is a medical machine that is used to convert liquid medications or drugs into mist form so that the patient can inhale the same while breathing. The purpose as well as the usage of the device is like that of a metered-dose inhaler and asthma inhaler. Nebulizers are generally used by/prescribed to people (most kids/ elderly patients) who are unable to use the inhaler effectively. There are several types of nebulizer systems available in the market today. If you are unsure if which one might suit your or your family member, here is a quick and simple guide to highlight the basic types:
  1. Table Top Nebulizers
These systems are designed for indoor use and should be placed on a hard, sturdy surface for easy functioning. They are more durable than handheld nebulizers and are available at a relatively low cost. It is suitable for every age- can be easily used by infants as well.
  1. Handheld Nebulizers
These nebulizers grant mobility to the patients given their lightweight nature as compared to other nebulizers.  They are usually more compatible with power sources of AC. However, it is important to note that they are considered less durable and thus should only be preferred by adults who aim to take medication on the go. Some of the common systems for indication are:
  1. Piston pump compressor
This is the tried and tested conventional mechanism for nebulizer where the air is delivered through piston-powered compressor systems and create a breathable mist for the patient to inhale.
  1. Ultrasonic nebulizers

These systems utilize high-frequency ultrasonic waves to turn the liquid into breathable mist and have been proven to be easier to use for patients with respiratory or fibrosis issues. 

Other significant factors to consider: Now that we are aware of the different types and systems of nebulizers available in the market, it is important to certain other factors before making a final decision.

-Who is the primary user?

If the machine is mainly for a kid/ small infant, it is better to choose a system that includes an inhalation mask along with other accessories. Adults, on the other hand, can use all types of nebulizer systems.

-Where will the machine primarily be used?

If you are always on the go, portability is required or else stationary tabletop systems should be preferred as they are more durable and long-lasting.

-Other factors

Other features such as pressure control, particle size, noise cancellation, cleaning requirements as well as the accessories included like nebulizer cups, tubing, aerosol masks (in multiple sizes), mouthpiece, etc. should also be taken into consideration to make an informed decision.