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Comparison of Asthma Nebulizers

written by: Lisa Mason • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 3/25/2011

There are two basic types of nebulizers: home and portable. Find information on each type to help you decide which is best for you when comparing asthma nebulizers.

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    Comparing Asthma Nebulizers

    Asthma is a very serious breathing disorder that inflames the airways and makes it difficult for people to catch their breath. Other symptoms include chest pain, coughing and wheezing. This is a serious condition and should be regulated by a physician along with medication. One of the most popular and beneficial ways to receive medication is by using a nebulizer. A nebulizer works in the same way as an inhaler but it gets a higher dosage of medication to the lungs to relieve the inflammation. It creates a fine mist out of medications that are inhaled through a mouthpiece or a mask.

    People with asthma can use a nebulizer at home to prevent them having to go to the doctor frequently for nebulizer treatments. They are typically prescribed for people with asthma who require frequent treatment.

    There are two basic types of nebulizers on the market: the home model and the portable type. Both have their own positives and negatives. The following is information on both types to help you decide which is best for you when comparing asthma nebulizers:

    • Home Nebulizers – The home nebulizer uses an electrical plug that goes into an outlet to run it and does not need recharging. They are set on a table and are larger than portable models. It is a good choice for the patient who does not get out much and can be used for babies, children and adults who need regular asthma medication. Most health insurance companies cover the cost of this machine along with its accessories. Those who do not have insurance can expect to pay at least fifty dollars for a home unit.
    • Portable Nebulizers – As its name implies, the portable nebulizer is made to take with you wherever you go. It runs on batteries, both disposable and rechargeable and is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse easily. Mothers on the go can appreciate the portability that is offered, as it does not take up much space in a diaper bag. It can be plugged into a car accessory outlet for charging. This type can also be covered by health insurance but does cost a bit more than the home model for those without insurance.

    Both types of nebulizers have their own benefits. There is no charging needed in the home model but the portable model can run out of charge at a time when it is needed. The home model is larger and bulkier while the portable model can be taken anywhere for those who are on the go. Many families who have asthmatics in their home have both a home and a portable nebulizer so that they are able to get their medication no matter where they are.