Can I Use Just Water In My Nebulizer?

A portable nebulizer is the best way to ensure you can breathe freely anywhere you like. It allows you to use the nebulizer on the go and relieve your lungs and passageways from irritation. However, sometimes you might forget your medication or nebulizer solution. 

In such a case, many people wonder can I use just water in my nebulizer?

The answer is yes, you can, but never use tap or bottled water. Always use purified or distilled water as it’s best for the lungs, as per research by the National Library of Medicine.

Here is everything you need to know about using water in the nebulizer.

1. Check If Nebulizer Is Clean 

Each time you plan on using the nebulizer, you should check if it is clean and does not contain any medicine residue from previous times. A nebulizer kit consists of an air compressor, a nebulizer cup, a mouthpiece, and tubing.

If it is not clean, you need to take it apart and wash it thoroughly with soapy water. Once you clean, shake off the excess water and let the nebulizer dry before you put it back together and use it. You can place it on a paper towel and air-dry for a few hours.

Some nebulizers can be cleaned using an electric steam sterilizer. However, disposable nebulizers can’t withstand heat cleaning methods. If you’re using one, use tap water instead to clean it.

Another way to sterilize your nebulizer is to soak it in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. If you don’t need to clean the nebulizer, you can sterilize the mouthpiece by dipping cotton balls in rubbing alcohol. Once you do that, you should reattach the mouthpiece and begin the nebulizer process.

2. Fill With Water

Use purified water for this method and place your nebulizer on a solid table while plugging it in an electrical outlet. Fill the nebulizer with water, but be careful not to overfill. Only fill to the level-line indicator on the device. Follow the nebulizer instructions as provided in the user’s manual.

After that, you should turn on the nebulizer and check if the water mist comes out of the mouthpiece. Once you see that mist is there, you should turn the nebulizer off. This step is done to ensure that your nebulizer is doing its job in creating steam, and once this check is done, you can move on to the next step.

3. Attach The Mouthpiece 

Take the mouthpiece and place it around your mouth. After that, turn on the nebulizer and ensure that the device is on a flat surface or table. Once the mist starts coming out, you need to take deep breaths in and exhale through your nose deeply.

It would help if you kept your mouth closed during this time as you don’t want to ingest the mist in this way.

Keep breathing like this for a few minutes, and let it be when you feel relieved. Keep in mind that you don’t need to wait for the water to finish before turning the nebulizer off.

If you think you feel relieved and the nebulizer has done its job, you can turn the nebulizer off and unplug it. Make sure you keep the nebulizer clean before you store it away for use next time.

Final Words 

Yes, you can use water with the nebulizer machine, and this is how you need to use it.

If you are still unsure or have any concerns, you can consult your healthcare provider and take their advice on using the nebulizer appropriately.

Only use this method when you don’t have your nebulizer medicine with you, as it will only provide relief and not work as well as your prescribed liquid medication.

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