10 Lung Conditions Commonly Treated by Nebulizer

10 Lung Conditions Commonly Treated by Nebulizer


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  • 01-Dec-2019

As you know, our nebulizers are used to treat a wide range of lung conditions, and our website is here to bring you the best information on the internet.  Today we’ll be taking a look at the American Lung Association for an overview of lung ailments, as well as some of the great condition-specific websites that provide in-depth information, in order to compile for you a list of the top 10 lung conditions for which doctors often prescribe medicines to be used in a nebulizer.  For pricing and nebulizers, just check out our nebulizer products page here.  We have a special today that includes KN95 masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizers, nitrile gloves, and antibacterial wipes.

Condition,
Number of people affected in the US
SymptomsDrugs indicated for use in nebulizer, FDA approvedDedicated organization(s) and their website(s)
Asthma
25 million people
Asthma causes swelling of the airways. This results in narrowing of the airways that carry air from the nose and mouth to the lungs. Allergens or irritating things entering the lungs trigger asthma symptoms. Symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Asthma can be deadly.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
Bronchiectasis
about 29 cases per 100,000 adults
A chronic condition where the walls of the bronchi are thickened from inflammation and infection. People with bronchiectasis have periodic flare-ups of breathing difficulties, called exacerbations.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
The Chest Foundation
Bronchiolitis
about 5 hospitalizations per 1000 children under age 2
Acute bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection in children aged up to two years. Bronchiolitis occurs when small structures (bronchioles) leading to the lungs become infected, causing inflammation, swelling, and mucus production. This makes breathing difficult, especially in very young children, who develop coughs and wheezing. Bronchiolitis is a viral infection.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
no dedicated foundation, but here’s a link to Cochrane.org on the use of nebulizers to treat this illness
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
5,000-10,000 people per year
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or BPD, is a serious lung condition that affects newborns. BPD mostly affects premature newborns who need oxygen therapy, which is oxygen given through nasal prongs, a mask, or a breathing tube. Most babies who develop BPD are born with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and have breathing problems. Infections that occur before or shortly after birth also can contribute to BPD.Antibiotics(3); Furosemide(4);
Morphine(4);
Dornase alfa(4)
no dedicated foundation. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more information.
Chronic Bronchitis
8.9 million people
Bronchitis is when the airways in your lungs, your bronchi, become inflamed. This irritation can cause severe coughing spells that bring up mucus, wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath. Unlike acute bronchitis, which usually develops from a respiratory infection such as a cold and goes away in a week or two, chronic bronchitis is a more serious condition that develops over time. Symptoms may get better or worse, but they will never completely go away. These extended periods of inflammation cause sticky mucus to build up in the airways, leading to long-term breathing difficulties.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
no dedicated foundation, but detailed information can be found at The COPD Foundation
COPD
16 million people
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which means that it is a long-term disease in which the lungs are blocked or obstructed. It’s used as an umbrella term for several kinds of COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms of COPD can be different for each person, but common symptoms are increased shortness of breath, frequent coughing (with and without mucus), wheezing, and tightness in the chest.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
The COPD Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis
30,000 people
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. For this reason, minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF.Dornase alfa(2);
[beta]-agonist(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Emphysema
3.1 million people
Emphysema develops over time and involves the gradual damage of lung tissue, specifically the destruction of the alveoli (tiny air sacs). Gradually, this damage causes the air sacs to rupture and create one big air pocket instead of many small ones. This reduction in the lung surface area traps air in the damaged tissue and prevents oxygen from moving through the bloodstream. Additionally, this blockage causes the lungs to slowly overfill and makes breathing increasingly more difficult.[beta]-Agonist(2); Ipratroprium(2)
Cromolyn sodium(2);
Steroids(2);
N-acetylcysteine(2)
National Emphysema Association
P Carinii Pneumonia
3.9 cases per 1000 HIV-positive individuals
The respiratory symptoms of PCP include a dry cough, chest tightness and chest tightness and difficulty breathing. People with this infection can experience fever, fatigue and weight loss for weeks or even months before having any respiratory symptoms. If a person with PCP is not treated, the infection can seriously impair the lungs' ability to transport oxygen from inhaled air into the blood, which can lead to death. Caused by a tiny parasite that most people contract in childhood, it is usually harmless to healthy individuals but can be deadly to people with compromised immune systems, such as people with HIV.Pentamidine(2);
Ribavirin(2);
no dedicated foundation, but the National Institute of Health has more information.
RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
Under age 5: 57,000 yearly hospitalizations
Adults: 177,000 yearly hospitalizations
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States. It is also a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults.Pentamidine(2);
Ribavirin(2);
International RSV Society