How Lungs Work

How Lungs Work


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  • 15-Nov-2019

Our lives depend on our lungs, and yet they’re so easy to forget about.  Based on an average of 16 breaths per minute, an 80-year-old person will have taken nearly 675 million breaths in their lifetime – and how many were noticed?  Most religious and spiritual practices in the world recognize mindful breathing as a path to meditation and enlightenment, and physical fitness experts agree that good breathing practices can confer all kinds of health benefits.  Basically, taking care of your lungs is good for the mind, body, and soul. The first step to taking care of them is understanding how they work.

What do lungs do?

Every cell in your body needs oxygen.  If a cell is deprived of oxygen, it dies quickly, usually in minutes.  When you breathe in (inhale), your lungs are taking oxygen from the air and distributing it into your bloodstream.  Similarly, every cell in your body produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. Too much carbon dioxide is toxic. Your bloodstream carries carbon dioxide away from your cells and back up to your lungs, where it leaves your body when you breathe out (exhale).

Simple, right? In goes the good air, out goes the bad.  Inhale, exhale, repeat. But when you start to examine HOW the lungs give you life, you start to appreciate how complex the respiratory system actually is.

How do lungs work?

First of all, you have two lungs, in your upper chest, protected by your ribcage.  Your lungs are not the same size. Your right lung is bigger and has three chambers called lobes.  Your left lung is smaller and only has two lobes, because it has to leave enough room for your heart (which is slightly on the left, which is why you put your right hand over your heart a little left of center).

Your lungs are like an upside down tree with two main branches, enclosed in two big bubbles.  The trunk of the tree is your trachea, or windpipe. It carries air from your nose and mouth down your throat until it reaches the two main branches, called bronchial tubes.  Each bronchial tube serves one lung. The main bronchial tubes branch out into smaller bronchi and even smaller bronchioles. You have 30,000 of these airways, and the smallest are no thicker than a hair.

So far, we have an upside-down Y-shaped tree with thousands of branches.  But what about leaves? In your lungs, every bronchiole ends in clusters of tiny round air sacs called alveoli.  And just like leaves, alveoli are incredible structures. You have over 500 million alveoli, and their roundish shape creates as much surface area as the square footage of a good-sized apartment (550 to 800 ft2).  They are responsible for taking the oxygen out of the air you inhale, and passing it on to your capillaries, which are the tiniest of your blood vessels. They also take the carbon dioxide from blood cells and send it back to the lungs to be exhaled.  They can do this because they are incredibly tiny; in fact, the walls of each alveolus are only one cell thick! Same with the capillaries that they work with. This allows them to quickly exchange oxygen molecules for carbon dioxide molecules and let the blood keep pumping around your body.

So we have an upside-down Y-shaped tree covered with leaves that look like bunches of grapes.  This is a delicate tree and needs protection. The two branch structures are covered by a membrane called a pleural sac, which also divides the five lobes of the lungs from each other.  The pleural sac has two layers, the outer layer which separates the lungs from the ribcage and the inner layer which surrounds and protects the bronchial tree. They slide across each other when you breathe so the lungs don’t experience much friction.

Finally, we have our diaphragm, which is the muscle you’re feeling when you hiccup.  The diaphragm is a big, thin muscle shaped kind of like an upside-down bowl directly underneath our lungs.  When you flex your diaphragm, the bowl flattens out and creates a vacuum that allows air to suck into your lungs.  Then, when you relax the diaphragm, it returns to its bowl shape and pushes air out of the lungs. Breathing “from your diaphragm” simply means that you are fully flexing and relaxing your diaphragm so your lungs fill and empty all the way.

Loving our lungs

Take a deep breath.  Picture your upside-down tree branches filling with oxygen.  Feel your blood delivering that fresh oxygen all over your body, all the way down to your toes.  Breathe out. Feel your diaphragm and lungs relax. Your lungs are a wonderful miracle. Take care of them.

Why The Nebulizer Could Be The Future For CBD Users

Why The Nebulizer Could Be The Future For CBD Users


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  • 04-Nov-2019

Disclaimer: This Blog is only about why the nebulizer, for many, is the best device for CBD dispersal.  The FDA has made if very clear that claims about CBDs health benefits cannot be made.  With that said, a lot of this blog will focus on metabolizing CBD and how to maximize this process (thereby saving you money) as well as the health benefits of nebulizing over vaporizing.

ADDITIONAL NOTE FROM BLUE ECHO CARE FOUNDER/CEO ED WAGNER:  I don’t usually write these blogs myself (we have Kitty to thank for that -thanks Kitty! :)) but recently it has come to my attention that quite a few of our customers aren’t just using our Blue Echo Care branded nebulizers for traditional medical needs like administering albuterol to relieve asthma symptoms but also as a way to administer CBD for pain management, anxiety/depression relief, hunger stimulation.  I’ve spoken to a few of these customer to get a better understanding of their anecdotal nebulizer/CBD usage and then scoured the interwebs to find the answers to a lot of questions they had as well, specifically usage, dosage and whether it’s safe compared to vaporizing. Though people with COPD and Asthma have long known the benefits of using Nebulizer Machines to reduce chronic respiratory and lung inflammation (the first nebulizer was invented back in 1858), the nebulizer has only recently entered the spotlight in the CBD community as an efficient device for delivering Cannabinoids.  With all the misconceptions out there on the internet, I hope this blog can clear the air (pun intended) about the benefits of using a nebulizer to administer CBD effectively.

Thanks as always for joining our blog!

-Ed

What’s a Nebulizer and whats CBD?

I Know, I know- the majority of people reading this article either know what a nebulizer is or know what CBD is but with the goal of teaching the reader how the two can be used together, I thought it was important to do a quick refresher course on both.

A nebulizer is a simple device with the ability to transform liquid water into a cool mist that can be breathed in.  Most nebulizer users will mix water soluble medicines prescribed to alleviate Asthma and COPD.  They come in two main varieties; compressor and ultrasonic, the first  compresses oxygen molecules that mix with the liquid to create an aerosal, the second vibrates a plate at ultrasonic speeds to also create a mist.  They are usually about the size of a base of a blender but newer ones are small enough to easily fit in your hand.  A nebulizer and it components look like this:

CBD or Cannabidiol, was discovered in 1940 and accounts for 40% of the extract that comes from cannabis plants, both with THC (the psychoactive compound that makes you feel “high”) as well as industrial grade hemp plants with no THC present .  Clinical research started in 2018 on CBD to determine if relief from medical issues including anxiety, movement disorders, and pain have scientific founding.  According to a 2018 analysis by the consumer research firm, Cowen & Co., approximately 7% of Americans are already using CBD in some sort of form, oils taking up 44% of that market.  That’s 23 million Americans!

On the surface level, these two “things” – a compressor device and a plant – don’t appear to have much in common.  In reality,  more and more evidence is coming to light that the nebulizer is the most efficient way out there to administer CBD.

Why the current ways to administer CBD, oral or combustion through smoking/vaporizing, are inefficient and can be dangerous

If you look around on the internet, listen to the news, watch tv, read a newspaper, subscribe to the yellow pages, get smoke signals from a neighboring village, CBD and its health benefits seem to be everywhere in the media.  Unfortunately, if you’re knew to taking CBD or even if you’ve been taking it for a substantial period of time, its hard to get good information on usages and dosages.  Even worse, the emerging vape and cannabis industries still don’t have sufficient regulations put in place on homogeneous doses, meaning milligrams across products can be inconsistent .  A lot of the time, it all comes down to guess and check, particularly if it’s not medically prescribed.  Our Blue Echo Care team has  written another blog on estimating dosages for CBD use with a nebulizer you can read here that goes in depth on how much you should be using if you’ve already been vaporizing CBD.  But for this part of the blog, I wanted to talk about human metabolic rates and the difference between swallowing, vaporizing and nebulizing CBD and how this dramatically alters the effective dose.

Bioavailability and CBD

The concept of bioavailability is simple:  when a drug enters your body, how much makes it into your systemic circulation to achieve the intended affect?  For example, an intravenous dose of something has a bioavailability of 100%.  Oral ingestions of CBD has a very low bioavailability at 15%.  This means that for every 100 ml ingested, only 15 ml make it to the blood stream.  This is because CBD is a  lipophilic molecule and hydrophobic, meaning it fears water, and when its ingested, it immediately diffuses to fat cells.  This is why drug tests for CBD and THC can come up positive weeks after using the drug.

Additionally, like any orally ingested drug, CBD taken through the mouth is digested through the stomach, pancreas and liver where enzymes in all three organs will degradate the active ingredients.  This is called the “first-pass effect”.

Comparatively speaking, smoking and vaporizing have substantially better bioavailability, though according to a 2005 study  smoking is only around 30% while a 2016 study has vaporizing more than 2x that amount at 65%.  This means for every 100ml smoked, 30ml would make it to the blood stream and every 100ml vaporized, 65ml would make it to the blood stream.

But when it comes to understanding the bioavailability of nebulizers, things become a bit trickier.  There have been very few studies on nebulizers, CBD and bioavaliablity to confirm specific absorption percentages because the invention of water soluble CBD has only happened in the last few years.  As I mentioned earlier in the blog, CBD is hydrophobic and most commonly is manufactured as an oil or tincture; which is an alcohol extract combined with CBD that’s taken orally.  Because a nebulizer creates a water aerosol that is then breathed in, an oil wouldn’t mix and would remain in the medicine cup while the alcohol in the tincture under no circumstance should be breathed in, for obvious health reasons.

This is where soluble CBD solutions come in to play.  A bit of a misleading term since CBD can never be totally water soluble, there are 3 basic ways that scientist have been making hydrophobic compounds more compatible with water over the last century.

Nanoemulsion: the most common method today involves adding microscopic droplets (about a 10-100 nanometers thick) of the compound (CBD) into a substance it typically is incapable of dissolving in.  This keeps it from separating from water when mixed together.

Microemulsion: uses larger droplets (100-5000 nanometers) to accomplish a similar effect as microemulsion.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a very good option for CBD as additional compounds called surfacants must be added to the mixture for stability.  This means that only about 10% CBD will actually be in the final solution, negating the whole reason for creating water soluble CBD – to increase bioavailability.

Liposomes: are spherical water containing structures that are 50-5000 nanometers wide. the outside layer is hydrophillic and the inside layer which holds the CBD is hydrophobic. This process has similar issues with needing high levels of surfacants and also needs expensive manufacturing equipment to produce.

So now that water soluble CBD exists and bottles of it are readily available, what does that mean for the nebulizer? There are a lot of claims of up to 90-100% bioavaliability from using water soluble CBD which are verging on impossible since the limit of intravenous yields 100%. A few more credible studies are out there that have put the bioavaliability around 70%, about in range with a vaporizer.

But its important to remember even though the mechanisms of inhaling through a nebulizer are quite similar to that of a vaporizer, one of the stark differences is how the water compounds from the cool mist will deliver nearly 100% of the CBD to the lungs where the vapor, even though invisible, will still result in loss CBD. Even if the bioavailabilty is similar between a vaporizer and nebulizer, the amount of CBD lost through the vaporization process is greater than through the nebulizers compression process.
From a purely anecdotal perspective, I’ve spoken with several Blue Echo Care nebulizer customers that use water soluble CBD’s and they’ve all found their saving quite a bit of money using their nebulizer instead of a vaporizer. One person in particular, who drives a truck for a living and has severe back pain, said he uses about 1/5 the amount of CBD he did in the past.

As a final point, its important to mention the health risks associated with vaporizing. it’s long been known that smoking cigarettes is dangerous for the health but only recently has there been studies that show that e-cigarettes could potentially be equally harmful. The point of making this allegory is that studies are still uncertain about vaporizing and potential harmful side effects. And since the cannabis industry is still unregulated, its hard to know if you’re using a quality manufactured product. Nebulizers have been in production for over a 100 years, are regulated by the FDA and have been proven to administer drugs like albuterol to help with asthma and COPD which can be life threatening illnesses.

For anyone I’ve spoken to that uses CBD for medical purposes and made the switch to the nebulizer, there’s no way they’d ever go back.

Why Using Cotton Swabs Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

Why Using Cotton Swabs Can Be Dangerous To Your Health


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  • 20-Oct-2019

Many of us have grown up using the cotton swabs (Q-tips) thinking they were the only alternative to clean our ears. Who hasn’t felt the satisfaction of using one and seeing the accumulation of wax on the end of the cotton tip and thinking how much better they felt knowing their ears are now clean? The only problem is that using cotton swabs can push ear wax (also called cerumen) deeper in to the ear canal causing the potential for even more blockage in the future and potentially hearing loss. In fact, the American Academy of Otolaryngologists (doctors who specialize in conditions of the eyes, ears, nose and throat) have stated that cotton tipped swabs like Q-tips should NEVER be used to clean the ear canal.

Annually, 12 million Americans head to the doctor’s office for “impacted or excessive cerumen,” which leads to 8 million Americans having earwax removal procedures done by medical professionals. There are many more who try candling at local salons to remove ear wax outside of medical facilities.

There are alternative at-home solutions available that have proven success but always seek medical attention if you’re feeling pain and discomfort in your ears or blockage is so great that hearing has become an issue.

Sources:

https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/47773-Swab-hearing-loss

https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-dangers-of-q-tips-1048870

https://gizmodo.com/doctors-seriously-stop-sticking-q-tips-in-your-ears-1790710578

Living In An Ear Wax World

Living In An Ear Wax World


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  • 12-Oct-2019

Everyone at some point has dealt with ear wax, that gross yellowish waxy substance that comes out of your ears. Produced in the sebaceous gland in your ear canal, it’s basically made up of shed layers of skin. Ear wax, which is also known as cerumen, is released in the ear to lubricate, clean and protect the ear canal by stopping water, dirt, insects, bacteria, fungus, and other substances from getting past the ear canal. It’s a sort of bio-defense mechanism to keep your ears safe from external harm.  Without it, the inner ear would become dry and susceptible to infections.  Congratulations, you’ve got your own ear armed forces :P.

But as useful as ear wax is to your ear and the body at large, it can also be harmful when too much of it develops. Just think about it, your ear military becoming so powerful that it could attempt a coup de etat.

If left to accumulate or harden, the ear wax can become a danger to the ear, as it has the potential to cause serious damage including hearing loss.  Its like having a permanent ear plug left in your ear dulling your hearing.

If you are having ear wax related issues, there are a few symptoms you might be exhibiting. Below are a few of the more common ones caused by excessive ear wax:

  1. Ear Ache: As mentioned earlier, the forming of ear wax can have the same effect as the use of ear plugs. This lack of oxygenation from blockages can have a dramatic effect on the inner ear, ear drum and even the malleus; the small bone in the middle ear the transmits vibrations for hearing. This causes a similar effect as when ear plugs are worn too long, your ears begin to ache.
  2. Ear infection: Another symptom caused by ear wax blockages are ear infections. When too much hardens in the ear, this creates a thriving ground for opportunistic ear infections. Ironic that the very substance produced by our body to protect our ears can sometimes have the reverse effect.
  3. Tinnitus: Have you ever felt like something was ringing or beeping consistently in your ears for a period of time? This can be caused by ear wax. If it becomes continuous and repetitive, then you may be dealing with a case of ear blockage.
  4. Itchiness: When you begin to consistently feel the urge to touch your ears or reach for cotton swabs, itchiness is usually an early warning sign of ear wax overproduction.
  5. 5Vertigo: One of the more serious symptoms and often overlooked as being caused by ear wax, the dizziness and nausea associated with ear wax blockages can cause a heavy toll on health and well-being.
  6. Cough: As funny and unlikely as it sounds, this is also a symptom of earwax blockages. The pressure from the blockage can stimulate a nerve in the ear thereby triggering a cough.

Unfortunately for some people, there are those who’s ears release an excess of ear wax but it can also occur due to devices or other things. Ear wax may accumulate as a result of the following factors:

  1. Hearing aids and ear plugs: A great number of people develop ear wax challenges due to use of hearing aids and ear plugs. These devices block the wax from coming out of the ear and can initiate a buildup.
  2. Use of wrong items on the ear: Apart from the fact that this practice could badly damage your ear, both cotton swabs and ear candling push the wax deeper into the ear, thus, aiding its accumulation.

Just How Rampant Are Eye Wax Issues?

In the US alone, 12 million people seek medical attention concerning ear wax build up yearly. This is a large number of people, thus the need to focus our attention on this menace. One of the ways to get rid of ear wax is with FDA approved ear drops to remove ear wax.

Not just any ear drops but FDA approved, Made in the USA ear drops. This distinction is important for two main reasons:

  1. You can be sure that the product on the label is what you get will be getting in your ear drops.
  2. You can be sure what you’re getting is not substandard or expired.

Advantages of Using Cleanse Right Ear Drops

There are quite a number of over-the-counter FDA approved ear drops that you can use. However, one of the more effective ones are the “Cleanse Right Ear Drops.” With Cleanse right, you can:

  1. Safely remove ear wax at the comfort of your home
  2. Eliminate hardened ear wax
  3. Have a brand that you trust for Ear Wax Removal
  4. It is suitable for both adults and children
  5. Has a dropper that is easier to use
  6. Plus, you can tell of its effectiveness through the micro foam action.

Don’t continue to suffer needlessly with Ear Wax blockages when there are solutions.  The team at Blue Echo Care and the Cleanse Right products offer the best in Ear Wax Removal products on the market. You can check out all our products at this link:  Cleanse Right Ear Wax Removal Products.

5 Ways to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

5 Ways to Keep Your Lungs Healthy


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  • 07-Jul-2019

The lungs are one of the most fascinating organs in the human body.  Like the heart, liver and pancreas, the lungs are part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which means they provide life giving functions automatically without conscious control.  But unlike the heart, liver and pancreas, we can consciously take control of our lungs, like when we hold our breathe or slow our breaths down to reduce anxiety and stress.

Making our lungs even more distinct, they are constantly interacting with external threats like pollution, allergens, dust and smoke, all of which can damage the delicate tree like structures of the bronchials and cillia.  Dr. Lisa A. Maier, chief of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences at National Jewish Health, in Denver, Colo has stated, “Our lungs interact with the environment… We literally breathe in everything that’s around us.”

But even with so much importance in daily healthy living functions, the lungs are often overlooked and forgotten about.  That’s why the team at Blue Echo Care created the following simple list as a reminder of ways to take care of our lungs.

1. Quit Smoking

On June 25th 2019, San Francisco banned the sale of all e-cigarettes within city limits, being the first city to do so in the United States, following a decades long trend in the United States around widespread bans of tobacco and nicotine related products from use in public spaces (27 states have banned cigarette smoking in the workplace bars and restaurants)

Still, even with access to smoking decreasing, 34 million Americans smoke at least 1 cigarette a day.

Being the leading cause of lung cancer and COPD, quitting smoking is an easily preventable solution to immediately improve lung health, respiratory response and overall health.  Though this is much easier said than done, the benefits of quitting are massive.

2. Avoid Pollution

This one is a bit more difficult than quitting smoking (not saying quitting smoking is easy) but depending on where you live and work, it might not be possible to avoid pollution and their contaminants.  Beijing, China’s Air Quality Index (AQI) for 2019 so far is at 82, which is down from 168 in 2014 and considered only moderately dangerous to breath while Los Angeles, which is often cited as one of the most polluted city in the United States, has an annual average AQI of 49, just under the scale maximum of 50 for good.

But even if you live in one of these more polluted cities, there are some techniques that will help reduce your exposure to harmful contaminants.

  • Air Fresheners and laundry detergents can have noxious chemicals in them that linger as synthetic fragrances in clothing, try to use eco-friendly, organic brands as much as possible.
  • Check daily particle levels in your city on the World Air Quality index to see if pollution is at dangerous levels (anything over 100 is considered dangerous)
  • If pollution is over 100, remain indoors and reduce exertion levels.  This is particularly important for those with asthma, COPD or lung disease, the very young and old.

3. Improve The Indoor Air Quality

Unfortunately, escaping from harmful pollutants outside isn’t always as simple as going to your safe-haven at home.   Paints, disinfectants, cosmetics, degreasing agents, glues and a variety of other household items all release Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, and methylene chloride which can all be damaging to the lungs.  The best way to combat these harmful, invisible gases are to add 2 indoor plants like ferns, aloe vera, ivy and draceana for every 100 sqft of your home.  Doing this while reducing the usage of harsh cleaners and aerosol sprays should drastically reduce the number of contaminants you breathe in on a daily basis.

4. Eat Lung Healthy Foods and get your vitamin D

5. Exercise

Obesity is often overlooked as a major cause of pulmonary lung diseases and COPD but is often cited in medical journals as one of the leading causes of asthma, COPD and sleap apnea. Diet is often cited as the best way to avoid obesity but exercise and its benefits, have a multiplying affect on lung health.  Aerobic exercises like dancing, running and swimming can increase lung capacity and the strength of muscles surrounding the lungs though always consult a physician first to ensure that you’re healthy enough to start an exercise plan.

These numerous changes might seem daunting at first to accomplish but slow, methodical daily adjustments can have drastic effects on your health and the health of your loved ones.

As always, thanks for visiting Blue Echo Care and have a great day.

Sincerely,

Ed Wagner

Founder/CEO

Blue Echo Care

Nebulizers, Nebulizers And More Nebulizers! Whats The Right One For You?

Nebulizers, Nebulizers And More Nebulizers! Whats The Right One For You?


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  • 29-Jun-2019

Nebulizer Machines, Cool Mist Compressors, Piston Inhalers, Breathing Support Systems… There are countless devices on the market that are built specifically for administering Asthma and COPD related medications but how can you know whats the right one for you? Our team here at Blue Echo Care has put together a comprehensive list of what should be at the top of the list nebulizer for you or your loved ones.

Batteries or Plugs? Portable or Powerful? Light or Heavy?

When looking for the right nebulizer, the first question you should be asking yourself is how much travelling you’ll need to be doing with the device.  This is important for several reasons:  Portable Nebulizers, ones that run on batteries, weigh less than 1 lb while At-Home Nebulizers, ones that use a plug, weigh between 3-5 lbs.  Smaller sized devices, for obvious reasons, are more compact and easier to take on the go.  They’re also a lot easier for small children to carry.  However, they do come with a downside.  Portable Compressors tend to have lower compressor pressure and flow rates averaging around 14.5 PSI and 4.0 LPM respectively.    At Home Compressors will be more around 30 PSI and 10 LPM.  These may not seem like a big difference (a hair dryer for example has a PSI around 200) but in the world of nebulizers, this is all about time and medicine distribution.  The higher the PSI and flow rate, the faster medicine is turned into cool mist.  This extra 10 minutes could make all the difference when dealing with a finicky child.  And as a helpful tip, you can help speed the delivering of medication by keeping consistently adding new, clean filters.

Jet or Ultrasonic Nebulizers?

  • he jet nebulizer uses compressed air to turn medication into a mist.  Since these devices are small compressors, they are often louder and heavier but never more than 5 lbs.  Newer models are becoming quieter and quieter as piston pump technology advances.
  • The ultrasonic nebulizer achieves the same outcome by using ultrasonic vibrations.  These types of nebulizers have no sound, are typically lighter (around 1 lb) but are often more expensive, averaging in the $50-70 range.

What Else Should  I Know about my Nebulizer?

Keeping your nebulizer clean is critical to stopping bacteria from getting into you and your loved ones lungs.  Tubing, medicine cup and cap, masks and mouthepiece all should be cleaned in warm water with soap or vinegar or even a rubbing alcohol solution.

Though Nebulizers are built to last for years at a time, some of the plastic parts like the tubing might break after long periods of use.  Make sure to purchase components from the same manufacturer to ensure they connect together correctly.

Our team at Blue Echo Care knows how difficult the decision to buy a nebulizer can be and we hope this quick informational blog about has helped this process for you.  If you need anymore information about how to properly use a nebulizer, checkout out our How To Guide here and be sure to watch our children friendly instructional video here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come to our website!

Sincerely,

Ed Wagner

Founder/CEO

Blue Echo Care

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325607.php

https://www.clinicalguard.com/difference-between-ultrasonic-nebulizer-and-nebulizer-compressor

How To Use A Nebulizer!

How To Use A Nebulizer!


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  • 14-Jun-2019

In this article, we are going to get straight to the facts about how to properly use a compact piston compressor nebulizer. Watch the Below video and go to 42 seconds in to see demonstrations of all the parts and read below for the detailed how to.

Instructions:

  1. Clean your hands and place compressor on a flat surface.  You want to make sure that you minimize bacterial exposure to your nebulizer at all times.
  2. Make sure the black button to the right of the front of the nebulizer is turned off.
  3. Open the filter cover next to the tube connector on the compressor and add a new filter.  This can be done with your fingernails or a flat head screw driver if the cap is being stubborn.
  4. Attach plastic tube to the connector on the front of the compressor and the base of the cup.
  5. Ensure the ends are tightly connected to the cup and the compressor.  The air flow rate and PSI on Blue Echo Care Nebulizers are around 10 LPM and 30 PSI and can easily blow the tube off when the nebulizer is turned on.
  6. Add your solution to the solution cup, gently twist the cap back on.
  7. Make sure the cap is connected tightly so spillage doesn’t occur.
  8. Attach mask or mouthpiece to the solution cup
  9. Put mask over head or mouthpiece between teeth and close lips around it.
  10. Make sure the power switch is turned “off” then plug the power cord into an appropriate electrical outlet.
  11. Press power switch to turn on.
  12. Take normal breathes until the solution is gone.

To Clean, soak plastic tubing, mask or mouthpiece, and solution cup in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes. Remove and soak in warm water for another 15 minutes then let air dry.

That simple!  Time to store your Nebulizer for next time.

What Is Ear Wax and Why Do Some of Us Have Too Much or Too Little?

What Is Ear Wax and Why Do Some of Us Have Too Much or Too Little?


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  • 21-Apr-2019

The production of ear wax is a protective response our bodies have to keep detritus, bacteria, dust and yes, even bugs out of our ears. At 30 to 50 percent fat, it coats the outer and middle of the ear canal. Too little of it, and your ears can become dry, itchy, and prone to infection. Too much, and problems with hearing loss can arise. But why do some of us have so much more or less ear wax than others? Today we are going to talk a little about Ear Wax and why our bodies sometimes get out of sync with it.

Little Hairs, Lots of Ear Wax

Ears are absolutely fascinating. Their ability to transmit vibrations into our brains which can be cognitively interpreted as sound almost seems magical. But most people don’t understand how this process actually works and even less understand what are bodies do to make sure these processes run smoothly. At the outer part of our ears, tiny hairs and skin glands work together to make sure the complex machinery of our ears don’t run into any problems. Like filters in the engines of our cars, these micro hairs and the ear wax secreted by these skin glads create a permeable barrier to protect the ears from the dangers of the outside world.
Unfortunately for some, injury can damage these glands that produce ear wax which can result in too little or too much production, and for others, just plain genetics can be the culprit.

When too much ear wax is being produced, major discomfort can happen for that person like hearing loss and dizziness.  There are several different solutions on the market that can help with these hearing loss issues and several different products ranging from Q-tips, ear picks, and carbomide peroxide spray devices like the ones we sell on our website and are used in doctors offices.  As we’ve mentioned before in previous blog posts, using Q-tips make impactions worse and are not recommended by most physicians.

Sources:
https://www.epainassist.com/earache-or-ear-pain/earwax-blockage 
https://www.everydayhealth.com/ear-nose-throat/ear-wax.aspx

What Causes Hearing Loss?

What Causes Hearing Loss?


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  • 17-Apr-2019

Whether its hearing the voices of your loved ones or watching the newest episode of Game of Thrones, hearing loss can affect all aspects of life from the most routine moments (like being able to hear your alarm going off in the morning) to the most important (Spoiler Alert: like when Daenerys finally finds her dragons).  Our team has gathered some helpful tips below about hearing loss and ways to combat it over time.

There are 2 main types of hearing loss: Sensorineural and Conductive.

Sensorineural happens when damage occurs to the inner ear or nerve from the brain to the inner ear, while Conductive occurs in response to an obstruction along the sound pathway to the outer ear, eardrum or middle ear. Both can be detrimental to hearing and both happen for different reasons.

Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
-Injury
-Aging
-Excessive noise exposure
-Viral infections (such as measles or mumps)
-Ototoxic drugs (medications that damage hearing)
-Meningitis
-Diabetes
-Stroke

Common Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss:
-Wax buildup
-Foreign object in the ear canal

While many of the symptoms of Sensorineural Hearing Loss like aging and disease can be unavoidable at times, Conductive Hear Loss can often be resolved with preventative care and cleansing of the ears. If you suffer from Conductive hearing loss brought on by wax build up, our Cleanse Right Ear Wax Removal Kits can help. Visit our products page here for a host of items that can help keep your ears healthy.

Common Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss:

https://www.starkey.com/improve-your-hearing/frequently-asked-questions/common-causes-of-hearing-loss
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/qa/what-is-sensorineural-hearing-loss

It’s Allergy Season Again!

It’s Allergy Season Again!


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  • 12-Apr-2019

It’s allergy season again and pollen is in the air!  According to statistics, up to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and it is the 6th leading cause of chronic diseases in the US!  Common symptoms of allergic reactions including sneezing, stuffy or itchy nose and watery eyes usually become the norm for most people suffering from this condition as the season progresses.  However, you do not have to go through the pain and frustration of allergic reactions unlike in the past. In addition, you do not have to take harsh medications made from ingredients that are impossible to pronounce and probably made in China.

Our team at Blue Echo Care has developed an all natural, vegan and gluten-free vitamin that has been proved to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The vitamin is ideal for opening up your airways, and allowing you to breathe again.

In addition, we have compiled simple but handy tips for people who suffer from allergies to help them cope and thrive in the midst of tree and grass pollen. These include:

  1. Check the pollen count where you live and keep your windows closed when the pollen count numbers are high-there are plenty of weather apps that can help with that.
  2. Wash your hair before retiring to bed to get the day’s dander out of your follicles.
  3. Toss your clothes into the laundry after a day’s adventure outdoors to make sure you are not tracking in more pollen.
  4. Watch when you exercise outdoors-pollen counts tend to be lowest towards the end of the day.
  5. Lastly, make sure you are taking The Blue Echo Care Cleanse Right Ear, Lung and Sinus Vitamin daily to relieve as many symptoms possible.  Purchased here
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