Tabletop or Portable Nebulizer—Which is Better?

Tabletop or Portable Nebulizer—Which is Better?
August 12, 2019 by AireHealth

A nebulizer is often a life-changing piece of medical equipment for people living with respiratory conditions. A practical and reliable drug delivery method, nebulizers deliver the same types of medicine as pocket-sized metered-dose inhalers. One important note about nebulizers is that they are typically more straightforward to use than metered-dose inhalers, especially for young children and anyone with severe asthma.

How Does a Nebulizer Work?

Nebulizers turn liquid medicine into a mist that is easily breathed in by whoever needs it. This enables the medication to reach the lungs directly and help treat asthma symptoms. Modern nebulizers now come in both compact and portable models that you can carry with you, and larger versions are known as “tabletop” units that plug into the wall.

Nebulizers place respiratory medication exactly where it needs to be — at the source of inflammation.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Tabletop Nebulizer?

Designed to be used in the home while placed on a sturdy surface, tabletop nebulizers need to be connected to a power source to work. The main drawback of tabletop nebulizers is that you are unable to move around while taking your treatment. Some people may find frustrating if they need to be on the go. Older-style nebulizers also tend to be noisy and cumbersome. On the other hand, tabletop nebulizers tend to be slightly cheaper on average than portable nebulizers, depending on which brand you choose.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Portable Nebulizer?

Portable nebulizers are an excellent choice if you lead a busy lifestyle and are not always at home for nebulizer treatments. Powered with batteries and usually not much bigger than a deck of cards, portable nebulizers give patients the freedom to take their respiratory medication on-the-go. One disadvantage of portable nebulizers is that Medicare or Medicaid do not always cover them; however, there are models available to fit most budgets.

If you aren’t sure which type of nebulizer is best for you, speak to your healthcare provider, they will be able to discuss with you the pros and cons of each kind for you.

Young Child With Asthma Symptoms Holding Nebulizer Up to Mouth

Nebulizers are an easy way for young children and the elderly to take their respiratory medication.

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