Occasionally, medication inhaled through a nebuliser may be recommended to help make it easier for you to clear your lungs. Nebulisers convert your medication into a fine mist which you then breathe in. You can find more information about nebulisers on this blog post: What is a nebuliser?
A saline (salt) solution, normal or hypertonic can help reduce the thickness of your phlegm making it easier for you to cough it out. We've written a bit more detail on our blog post about Nebulising Saline.
Bronchodilators can help make breathing easier by relaxing the muscles in the lungs, or if you have three or more infective exacerbations in any one year you may be prescribed a low dose preventative antibiotic through a nebuliser. Nebulising antibiotics can be a little trickier. Antibiotics should be nebulised through a 'closed system' such as that which is available from Philips Sidestream Plus or Pari filter system. This will protect your nearest and dearest from becoming antibiotic resistant over time. Nebulised antibiotics can also be very sticky so not all nebulisers are suitable. If you are prescribed nebulised medication and are unsure which to choose there’s lots of information in this blog, pages and pages on our website and you can email or call for a chat.