Nebulisers

Cleaning your nebuliser

You should always follow the instructions from the nebuliser’s manufacturer.

All nebulisers need to be maintained and cleaned. If your health care professional arranges one for you, they should give you information about this.

It’s a good idea to clean your nebuliser every day if you use one regularly. After each use, the mask, mouthpiece and chamber should be disconnected, disassembled and washed in warm soapy water. The components should be left to air dry.

Components such as mouthpieces, masks and tubing and the nebuliser’s chamber should be changed regularly, at least every three to four months.

To avoid cross infection, you should never use other people’s mouthpieces, masks or tubing.

You should also use a different mouthpiece or mask and tubing for antibiotics if you’re prescribed nebulised antibiotics alongside your other nebulised medication.

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Last medically reviewed: August 2015. Due for review: August 2018

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.