When are nebulisers used?
Nebulisers can be the best way to deliver a dose of medicine to someone who is struggling to breathe. So nebulisers are usually used in emergency situations to deliver high doses of medication.
They are also a way of giving drugs to people who cannot use another device, such as very young children.
Your consultant may also decide to arrange a nebuliser for you to use at home in some circumstances.
A number of different medications can be given using a nebuliser, including salt water solutions and antibiotics. Medications are usually administered through a mask, but there are some possible side effects if they get in your eyes, so some can only be safely delivered through a mouthpiece.