Nebulizer treatment

Many asthma or COPD sufferers will be familiar with this form of treatment. For those who aren't, it is a way of converting a liquid into a breathable form, usually for delivery of medication to the smaller airways. The medication - often medical-grade salt water or albuterol - is poured into the device and turned into a fine mist, after which it is inhaled by the patient. During an acute asthma or COPD attack, nebulized albuterol can temporarily relieve symptoms. If used judiciously in conjunction with oral or injected steroids, they can sometimes allow people to recover enough to avoid hospitalization.