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What is a nebulizer?

A nebulizer uses forced air to turn asthma medication into a fine mist so that it can easily be breathed into the lungs. For some people -- and with some medications -- nebulizers are the most effective way of delivering inhaled medications.

A nebulizer consists of the following components:

• a compressed air machine

• a medication cup to contain the medication

• thin plastic tubing that connects the medication cup to the compressed air machine

• a facemask or mouthpiece used to breathe in the mist

Using a nebulizer with either a facemask or a mouthpiece and following directions will help ensure that you or your child receive as much of the medication as possible.

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