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What Is A Hand Held Nebulizer: How To Use Them At Home?

Nebulizers are essential for asthma patients, but not many know about the history of this path-breaking device. It was in early 1858 when the first powered inhaler i.e. nebulizer was invented.

French scientist Sales-Girons is credited with this mind-blowing invention which helped treat Asthma patients. This nebulizer was a rough version which was later in 1864 modified and a new stream is driven nebulizer was invented.

As they say, every invention has its imperfections and nebulizer is no different. There were many modifications made to this device till now which helped in making it compact and easier to use.

And today we have the latest handheld ultrasonic wave nebulizer which has made significant changes to the effectiveness of its use in the medical industry.

What Is A Hand Held Nebulizer?

A handheld nebulizer is a portable inhalation device that transforms liquid medication into a fine mist, which can be inhaled deeply into the lungs to get instant relief from various types of respiratory problems like asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, etc.

Portable handheld nebulizers have transformed the use of asthma drugs and medicine to a greater level.

These devices can be used as one of the best methods to keep the attacks of acute asthma and allergies in control by delivering different types of medicines (Albuterol, budesonide, etc) for different patients.

Instead of using an air compressor, ultrasonic handheld nebulizers make use of high-frequency ultrasonic waves and vibrations to convert liquid medication into a mist.

As these devices do not use an air compressor, these tend to be small in size as compared to other traditional tabletop versions.

And for this reason, these handheld portable travel nebulizer machines are good to carry while on the go.

How To Use Hand Held Nebulizer?

If you or your family member is suffering from chronic breathing conditions, it is best for you to check how you can use these handheld nebulizing devices at home for getting instant relief.

  • Before you start using your device, check whether the unit is clean or not. If you see any dirt settled inside, clean the device as directed in the instruction manual.
  • Now if you are using the tabletop version, place the device on a flat surface. Connect the tube to the nebulizer cup and aerosol compressor and turn ON the device to make sure that it is working accurately.
  • Place the handheld mouthpiece or mask (attached with a nebulizer cup) to your face and sit straight to inhale the medicinal mist.

You may check the below video on detailed steps for using your handheld nebulizer safely…


No matter how often you use your nebulizer device, it should be cleaned properly with regular usages to avoid any risk or side effects.

You can use hot water and vinegar to clean the machine and to lessen the chance of getting it clogged, when not in use. After being cleaned, just store it in dry and dust-free easy to reach place so that you can make use of it at times of emergency attacks.

[Also Read: 10 Best Himalayan Salt Inhaler for Asthma Treatment At Home]

Benefits of Using Handheld Nebulizer

Unlike traditional tabletop nebulizers for upper respiratory infections, handheld nebulizers are portable and convenient to use.

Some of these are so compact that it can fit easily in a pocket or a purse. Due to its lightweight & compact nature, patients can carry it to use it anytime anywhere.

Especially when you are out of your home (like while traveling, shopping, at the office, etc) and need to get relief medications for your asthma exacerbation, these devices can be of great help.

Another great advantage of using a handheld portable nebulizing device is it does not need electricity for power supply.

As most of these devices come with rechargeable batteries (or disposable batteries) you can easily use them anywhere you want. Some of these also come with car power adapters which allows you to use and recharge it in cars.

Few additional benefits of using handheld nebulizer are:

Easy to Self Operate: Patients suffering from breathing problems often need to rely on others for getting the inhalation at home.

As handheld nebulizer is easy to operate, you can easily operate yourself without the help of anyone at times of emergency asthma attacks.

Alternate to Inhaler: Portable nebulizer is an alternate to metered-dose inhaler or MDI which can be used at homes for safe use.

In cases where an inhaler is not much effective for a patient, a portable nebulizer can be used effectively to deliver bronchodilators and corticosteroids to curb the symptoms of the persisting ailment.

Good for Children: Albuterol handheld nebulizer is much effective for infants as it provides better long term results as compared to inhalers.

Children suffering from asthma allergies, wheezing and cough can use it safely whenever they require.

Overall, it is good to know that being a genetic disease, there is no permanent cure for a chronic asthma condition.

Only with healthy food, proper medications and healthy lifestyle, you can get relief from the disease to lead a panic free life.

If you have not yet bought your portable and handy nebulizer, get one now to combat emergency conditions!