Let’s Talk Mesh Nebulizers
Many of us here in this community use nebulizers. Other than inhalers, these are ideal for inhaling respiratory medicine. In the past, the most common nebulizers were jet nebulizers. Today, there’s a new craze of nebulizers called mesh nebulizers. So, what are these and how might they benefit you? Here’s what to know.
What are mesh nebulizers?
They are small, hand-held nebulizers. They are about the size of an iPhone or inhaler. They fit easily into pockets and purses. They operate using a piezo element. These are objects smaller than a dime. They operate using an electrical current provided by batteries. Most have batteries that are rechargeable using an electrical outlet or USB charger.
An electric current causes a piezo element to vibrate. It vibrates upwards to 100,000 times per second. This vibration is so fast that it forces the liquid into a mesh that turns it into a fine aerosolized mist. Particles of this mist are about 0.5 microns, perfect for deposition into airways.
Unlike jet nebulizers, they don’t require a flow source. This eliminates the need for oxygen tubing. It also eliminates the need for a noisy air compressor. This makes mesh nebulizers completely silent. You can take a breathing treatment without the noise bothering other people. You can take one at night without waking up others in your home.
Treatment times are also significantly reduced. Jet nebulizer treatments can last up to 20 minutes and sometimes longer. Mesh nebulizer treatments are complete in as little as five to seven minutes. They also automatically stop when the treatment is done so you don’t have to tap or guess when to stop it like you have to do with jet nebulizers.
What are some pros and cons of different mesh nebulizers?
There are two different types of mesh nebulizers. There are FDA approved mesh nebulizers and there are non-FDA approved mesh nebulizers.
I would highly recommend you go with an FDA model. This is because then you know what you are getting. These models have been run through a gamut of tests. These tests assure the divide will deliver respiratory medicines to your lower airways where it will benefit you. They also assure the nebulizer will deliver all the medications you may be prescribed.
Another bonus of FDA approved is durability. The FDA requires that a product will work as intended and will not break down. So, for this reason, most FDA approved models will offer a warranty. Most warranties are good for 2-3 years.
A downside to FDA-approved nebulizers is cost. It costs millions of dollars to have a product run through all the testing required to gain FDA approval. For this reason, most FDA approved models cost anywhere from $150 to $300. FDA approved models I am aware of are the Flyp Nebulizer, The Aura portable, and the Innospire Go. I personally have tried the Flyp and Aura. They both work great.
You can also try the non-FDA models if you want. You can find many of them on online websites. Some are called mesh nebulizers. Others go by other names, such as ultrasonic, humidifier, or cool mist nebulizers. I think the name depends on what country it is made in. They are usually available for under $50. I would just make sure that the one you buy guarantees to deliver any medicines you are prescribed. I am aware that some do not deliver budesonide. Just be sure to watch out for this. Also, keep in mind that they may not offer a warranty. So, if they break down you are at a loss. If you are taking them on a vacation with you, it is at your own risk.
I have tried a couple of these non-FDA approved models. The Oreti Mesh Nebulizer is one. It is a nice small model but I was unable to get this one to work. Another model I got was similar in design to the Aura Portable Nebulizer, maybe a little smaller. This one worked just fine. I did not, however, test its durability but I would think it would be fine if you were on a budget.
Are mesh nebulizers right for you?
I am lucky that I have several mesh nebulizers. I have been able to test many of them out and I can honestly say that I love pretty much all of them. I have some asthma friends who have tried mesh nebulizers and they love them too. They are life changers in a way. You can take treatments in your car while driving or in a tent while camping. What about you? Have you tried mesh nebulizers? What do you think about them? Let us know in the comments below.
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