A nebulizer changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children and to anyone who has difficulty using an asthma inhaler.

It is also convenient when a large dose of an inhaled medication is needed. Nebulized therapy is often called a “breathing treatment.” And a variety of medications — both for immediate relief and maintenance of asthma symptoms — are available for use with a nebulizer.

Nebulizers come in home (tabletop) and portable models. Home nebulizers are larger and must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Portable nebulizers run on batteries — either disposable or rechargeable — or can be plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter. Smaller, portable units are slightly larger than a deck of cards, so they can be carried in a purse, briefcase, or backpack to be used whenever and wherever you need them.

To obtain a nebulizer, you need a prescription from your doctor, or it can be dispensed from your pediatrician’s office. (Oftentimes, a breathing treatment is administered at the doctor’s office.)

Portable nebulizers usually cost a little more than home nebulizers. Both are usually covered under the durable medical equipment portion of health insurance policies. But, most insurance companies will require you to work with a specified durable medical equipment supplier. Check with your insurance company before purchasing or renting a nebulizer to ensure it will be covered. Your health care provider should be able to assist you with these arrangements.

When battling a breathing condition, you need the help that will be most effective to your unique situation. People of different ages and conditions have different needs, and that is why it is so important not to look for the best oxygen concentrator on the market, but for the best oxygen concentrator for your needs. The first step in finding that is considering your unique situation and all of your needs. Ask yourself: How will I be using the concentrator? How do I want it to improve my life?

Find the oxygen concentrator for your needs by fully examining your own life and considering the following:

Home vs. Portable

The first step in finding an oxygen concentrator is determining if you need portable, stationary, or both.

Portable oxygen is clinically validated for 24/7 use. In other words, if the amount of oxygen is sufficient, you can use a portable oxygen concentrator all throughout the day and night. The delivery adjusts automatically when breathing changes from periods of rest to periods of activity, or vice versa.

If the oxygen output required exceeds that which is available from portable oxygen concentrators, it’s time to also look at a home oxygen therapy solution.

Part of what will determine what concentrator you need is the oxygen output you require. This is an amount, usually prescribed by a doctor measured in liters per minute.

Home Oxygen

Home oxygen therapy is the right choice for an oxygen user requiring heavier doses of oxygen for a stationary environment.

At Home delivers 5 liters per minute of continuous flow oxygen. Despite that power, it remains quiet and efficient. At 18 pounds, the At Home weighs more than its portable oxygen counterparts, but remains incredibly light for a stationary unit. Some comparable stationary units weigh almost double that.

The At Home does allow for portability within the home, so that you never feel tied down to one room or spot.

If you’ve ever been to the hospital, you might remember a little clip about the size of a clothespin gripping your finger. That clip is called a pulse oximeter, and it shines a little light through your skin to measure how much light is absorbed by your red blood cells, which varies depending on how much oxygen is bound to them. Simply put, that little clip helped keep track of important information while you were resting up in your hospital bed.

Traditional baby monitors transmit sound from one room to the other, or step up the game to transmit video from your baby’s nursery to your room. We wanted a monitor that did a little more. We trust our eyes and ears, of course, but sometimes sight and sound don’t communicate everything that could be going on with babies.

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