Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Allergic Asthma Proper Use

Directions for using a nebulizer with a mouthpiece:

  • Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it.
  • Hold the nebulizer in an upright position. This prevents spilling.
  • Gently exhale.
  • If there is a hole on the top of the nebulizer, cover the hole with your finger. The nebulizer will mist continually if the hole is absent.
  • When the mist starts, inhale slowly and deeply, while you keep your finger over the hole.
  • At the end of a deep breath, take your finger off of the hole to stop the mist.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds. This allows the medication or be absorbed by the air passages.
  • Take a few breaths before you inhale the mist again.
  • Tap the side of the nebulizer occasionally, in order to keep the medication at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Continue these steps until the medication is gone.

Directions for using a nebulizer with a mask:
  • Hold the mask to your face so that your nose and mouth is covered. The mask may be secured to your head with an elastic band.
  • Hold the nebulizer in an upright position. This prevents spilling.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply until the medication is gone.
  • Tap the side of the nebulizer occasionally, in order to keep the medication at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Continue these steps until the medication is gone.

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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