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There is a wide range of different nebulisers and inhalers on the market which means it is sometimes hard for those affected to see the wood for the trees.

Here is a brief guide to help you better understand these inhalation devices. Inhalers and nebulisers are used for two different types of inhalation.

  • Inhalers are used for dry inhalation. With this type of inhalation, the active ingredient is inhaled as a powder/air mixture.
    The disadvantage of inhalers is that you need to coordinate your inhalation precisely when the puffs are triggered to ensure the correct application. That is why inhalers are less suitable for babies and young children.
    Dry inhalation is mostly used during an asthma treatment for administering bronchodilation and anti-inflammatory active ingredients. Emergency relief medications for asthma and other chronic lower respiratory tract diseases, often used during an asthma attack, also come in inhalers.

  • Nebulisers are used for wet nebulisation. The inhalable aerosol can be produced using a variety of techniques.Depending on the technology, a distinction is made between ultrasonic, compressed air (or compressor) or mesh nebulisers.
    The active ingredient is inhaled in tiny droplets. The size of the droplets can be accurately determined to optimally reach either the upper, middle, or lower respiratory tract.
    Therefore, nebulisers are suitable for a wide range of respiratory tract diseases.
    Advantageously, nebulisers do not require any special breathing technique, as they also can be inhaled using a mask. That is why nebulisers are particularly suitable for young children and babies.

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