Daily inhalation therapy? 5 tips for how to integrate inhalation therapy into your daily routine

Regardless of why you are doing inhalation therapy with a nebuliser – a chronic disease or a stubborn acute respiratory infection or the desire to keep germs at bay – it is not always easy to stay motivated to do daily treatments. These 5 tips will help you incorporate inhalation therapy into your daily routine and stay motivated to stick with it.

Daily inhalation – who, why and when?

Who needs to do daily inhalation therapy? And why? There are many reasons why people do daily inhalation therapy. The three most common examples are:

1. Chronic respiratory diseases

Some severe chronic lung diseases such as bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis and PCD require regular inhalation therapy. Chronic respiratory diseases can affect both children and adults. It is especially important for these individuals to make inhalation therapy a regular part of their daily routines. Because not only does regular inhalation therapy relieve symptoms, it also can delay progression of the disease.

2. Acute respiratory tract infections
Acute bronchitis, pneumonia, coronavirus infection, the flu, bad colds... Often when acute respiratory tract infections compromise the lungs, doctors often prescribe inhalation therapy with a nebuliser. It relieves symptoms, improving patients’ wellbeing and helping them recover from the infection more quickly. Depending on how bad the illness is, the inhalation therapy may be needed for a few days to several weeks or months.

3. Preventative use to make the airways more resilient

But there are also people who are completely healthy who still use inhalation daily, such as athletes or anyone who wants to maintain their airways. High-performance athletes who compete in winter sports in particular use inhalation therapy in the colder months to keep their mucous membranes moist and to take care of them to get through the season in good shape. Because well maintained mucous membranes have a leg up when attacked by viruses and other pathogens. This is why physiotherapist Brigitte Schmailzl encourages the German national bobsled team to do inhalation therapy, for example.

With inhalation therapy – just like when resolving to exercising daily – the key is to turn it into a routine that is not problematic.

5 tips: How to make inhalation therapy part of your daily routine

Here are our 5 tips to help you do your inhalation therapy every day:

Tip 1: Daily ritual

Try to think of the inhalation therapy as a daily ritual. Like you always brush your teeth in the morning and evening, set aside a certain time of day for the inhalation therapy. Here are some times you could try:

  • Do your inhalation therapy right after you wake up sitting comfortably in bed in your pyjamas.
  • After breakfast, before showering and getting ready for the day.
  • When you are watching a favourite TV show or the news that is on every day.

Tip 2: Use an efficient inhalation device

Do you want the shortest possible inhalation time that still has the desired effect? Then use a modern nebuliser that nebulises inhalation solutions and medications effectively and rapidly. The PARI  BOY is a modern inhalation device. PARI devices are the leaders among devices that offer short nebulisation times while delivering high lung doses of the desired medication.

If you have a lot of mucus build-up, hypertonic saline solutions such as MucoClear 3% and MucoClear 6% loosen secretions in the lungs better than isotonic saline solutions.

Tip 3: Make your inhalation time a pleasant experience

Change your perspective and look at the inhalation therapy not as a burdensome obligation, but as time for yourself. Inhalation therapy can be combined really well with a sort of breathing meditation where you close your eyes, take deep breaths in and out and you concentrate only on your breathing. Meditation not your thing? Then combine the inhalation session with a calm activity you enjoy and that you can do to pass the time while sitting down. Watch a suspenseful film. Listen to an audiobook or discover a new favourite daily podcast while you do your lungs a favour.

Tip 4: Keep reminding yourself of its benefits

Admittedly there are more exciting things than inhalation therapy. But inhalation is good for your airways. For people with chronic respiratory diseases it is even essential. But try focusing less on the fact that you have to do it, and more on the benefits you get from inhalation therapy: You will cough less and breathe more freely afterward because you can clear viscous mucus from your lungs more easily and better. As a result you will be able to handle more and do more throughout your day. Your airways will be better equipped to fight viruses and bacteria and more resistant. Realise that when you do your inhalation therapy you are doing something good for yourself.

Tip 5: Reward yourself

Especially when doing inhalation therapy for prevention and the positive effect of the inhalation therapy is not really felt immediately and directly, it is hard to stick with it. Trick yourself by rewarding yourself after every inhalation session. For example, put a check mark on your to do list or in your calendar. Or give yourself to a little treat, a nice cup of tea or whatever you like after the inhalation session.



Extra tip: Ideas for motivating children to do their inhalation therapy

Are you often at your wit’s end because your child needs to do inhalation therapy daily but resists it? Do you have to deal with daily battles about respiratory therapy? Welcome to the club! You are not alone.
Here are some blog posts and links with tips on inhalation therapy for children and parents sharing their experiences.

Tips and help

Parent experiences


An article written by the PARI BLOG editorial team.

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