Living Dangerously - Nebulizer Cleaning

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Mar 12, 2021

I marvel at the time consuming, meticulous way many, perhaps the majority, of contributors to this forum clean and sanitize nebulizers. Following the treatment session I soap and hot water “bathe” the mouthpiece then let it air dry until its next use. The tube gets no special attention except being fully disconnected from the compressor. I’ve read of some regimens aimed at sanitizing shower heads; another activity I ignore entirely. I’m closing in on 16 months free of a “flare-up” involving fever, and an antibiotic to defeat.
The lengthening periods of freedom from acute symptoms is something I attribute solely to learning about 7% saline nebulizer solution which I read about on this forum.
My comparatively minimal attention to “sanitation” may catch up with me but so far so good.

I should add that I realize many forum participants are contending with considerably more virulent pathology than I am. Don

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@montsy

Where can one obtain 7%NaCl for nebulizing? No luck with local pharmacies.

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i get mine on "Nebology" website. They frequently have it on sale and right now you would get free shipping if you buy two. My MD will not prescribe it for me so I have to buy mine all the time without a RX.

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@ckscoville

I'm not sure where you live. My prescription for 7% saline is filled regularly at the Publix Pharmacy in our neighborhood. I think I get a GoodRx discount on it.

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Thanks for the response. I did just find a pharmacy that can order the. NaCl.

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@montsy

Please share the cleaning regime using white vinegar.

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I use nothing but diluted dish soap and warm water, then let dry naturally between treatments.

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@montsy

Where can one obtain 7%NaCl for nebulizing? No luck with local pharmacies.

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Amazon…or get a prescription.

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@gej53

i get mine on "Nebology" website. They frequently have it on sale and right now you would get free shipping if you buy two. My MD will not prescribe it for me so I have to buy mine all the time without a RX.

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My md won’t prescribe it, only 3%. I’m afraid to go against her advice.

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Crepass, I’ll bet you’d have rapt and widespread readership on this forum if you could post a quotation from your physician regarding her or his reluctance to recommend 7% saline solution. Don

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My doc had said he was afraid it would cause bronchospasm. I have been getting it on my own ever since I found this forum. Plan to talk to him again about it when I have my next appointment. Plan to wear him down and get a RX. 🙂 Have had no problem with the 7% and feel it is what is helping to keep me healthier. May take some literature from this website next time too.

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@gej53

My doc had said he was afraid it would cause bronchospasm. I have been getting it on my own ever since I found this forum. Plan to talk to him again about it when I have my next appointment. Plan to wear him down and get a RX. 🙂 Have had no problem with the 7% and feel it is what is helping to keep me healthier. May take some literature from this website next time too.

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Yup! That's what we call taking charge of your own health. Do take the links to him, education is part of our mission- and it can extend to our caregivers.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Yup! That's what we call taking charge of your own health. Do take the links to him, education is part of our mission- and it can extend to our caregivers.
Sue

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I am surprised to think he is not up on the latest literature concerning 7% saline and think of all the other patients who could be helped by it. Will keep trying.

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@gej53

My doc had said he was afraid it would cause bronchospasm. I have been getting it on my own ever since I found this forum. Plan to talk to him again about it when I have my next appointment. Plan to wear him down and get a RX. 🙂 Have had no problem with the 7% and feel it is what is helping to keep me healthier. May take some literature from this website next time too.

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your doc is right – 7% saline CAN cause bronchospasm, especially for folks who may have reactive airways. It can irritate the airways. In fact, 7% saline is sometimes used for specific pulm testing, testing for reactive airways, e.g. asthma. If bronchospasm occurs, taking a bronchodilator (e.g. Albuterol) can help alleviate the constriction and spasming of the airways. As it's being discussed here, the 7% saline is used to loosen/thin secretions — it can be safe if rx'd properly — having a discussion with your doc about it and your specific lung conditions would be advised.

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I use dish soap and warm water also Having flare up now and rethinking everything I do I also drink tap water but let it run a while before I drink it Sometimes I drink boiled water, which I let cool Any thoughts on this? Helene

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@egayle187

I use nothing but diluted dish soap and warm water, then let dry naturally between treatments.

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How often do you sanitize? And what do you use? I am very new to all of this. THANKS!

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