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We have been recommended to buy a nebuliser for home use. does anyone have any recommendations as to which one to buy?

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    You want the quietest one you can afford, and the one that takes up the least space. i can't say for sure which is quietest because there are so many on the US market. Because I use 3 different neb meds (can't be mixed) and am supposed to do 4 neb sessions daily, i finally bought a rechargeable Devilbiss traveler to use in the car. i also have a much cheaper Philips Innospire Elegance on a table by my lift chair in the living room.

    Something that no one in the States ever mentions is that you have to change your kit regularly. Technically, the machine is a compressor and the nebulizer is the cup-mouthpiece assembly. Then there's the tube that connects compressor & nebulizer. Nebulizers can be "disposable" or "reusable" and those terms do NOT mean what they sound like. Disposable is good for 2 weeks; reusable is good for maybe 6 months. Tubing matches the kit so dispose of everything at once. In Texas, none of this is recyclable, from ampules to kits & tubing.

    Instructions tell you to wash entire kit every time you use it in soapy water. Both my pulmonologist and every respiratory therapist i meet says no. Rinse the cup-mouthpiece w/water after each use & air dry. After last use of day, soak for 20 minutes in a vinegar & water solution, 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Use solution twice then dispose & make another. About once/week, i put 1 drop dish liquid in 4 C water & swish the parts through it, then rinse at least 5 times. More soap/washing & i can tell that i'm inhaling soap fumes.

    If you rinse or wash the tubing, you may get liquid in your machine. If you use hot water to soak or wash the cup, etc.., you may release harmful chems from the plastic into your lungs. All the kit/tubing sold in the States comes from China and their manufacturing practices leave much to be desired.

    People with pseudomonas may require different cleaning processes for their kits.

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    I too use a nebulizer. Mine is made by Vios and server very well. I would however like to point out a serious health concern though. Originally the medicine prescribed for my use with the nebulizer contained sulfur. I did not recognise this fact and began using that medicine as prescribed. Over a short period of time a rash began to break out on my arms and legs and I soon discovered that the medicine that contained the sulfur was to blame. Being allergic to sulfur I was breaking out in hives, a severe rash that was most annoying and distressing.

    My nebulizer med was corrected to not include any sulfur and I've had no problems with the alternate medication. I've posted this in the hope that all will be more careful and better observers of our own medications as well as our medical professionals. Even consistent reporting of allergic or harmful things can and are sometimes overlooked.

    All the Best

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