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Inhalation equipment

Assistive products for inhalation therapy treat acute and chronic illnesses of the lower and upper respiratory tract, such as bronchitis, bronchial asthma, cystic fibrosis or pneumonia. Infections of the nasopharynx, such as a cold, as well as irritable or whooping cough, can also be treated with inhalation devices.

Inhalations are cleansing, anti-inflammatory, soothing and soften dried secretions. Inhalation devices administer gaseous active ingredients or aerosols (mixture of solid and/or liquid suspended particles and air) such as table salts, essential oils or medications atomized into mists.

For people who are sensitive to cold deep inhalation, warm air inhalers are suitable. These devices take in the ambient air and heat it before inhalation.

Inhalation can be performed via a steam bath or via technical devices such as nebulizer systems. A distinction is made between:

  • Nozzle nebulizer: a compressor generates compressed air, which entrains liquid particles with it.
  • Ultrasonic nebulizer: an ultrasonic crystal generates vibrations in the liquid, which causes droplets to be ejected.
  • Membrane nebulizer: the liquid is forced through a membrane with a defined pore size, creating droplets.

There are also combination devices, which can additionally extract secretions.

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