For congestion, sinusitis and chronic colds alike, inhalation of saline solutions or medication in a nebuliser combined with an inhalation device is an especially effective treatment.
For centuries it has been known that salty air, like sea air, has a soothing and calming effect on our airways. It stimulates our airway’s natural cleaning function and helps loosen the mucus in the nose and lungs. Thanks to modern inhalation devices and saline solutions for inhalation, you can bring the benefits of the sea air to your own home. Furthermore, in consultation with a doctor, mixtures of medications or medication and isotonic saline solutions (carrier solution) can be inhaled.
For inhalation with PARI inhalation devices and nebulisers you do not need to be able to breathe in forcefully, nor do you need any particular skill. This is particularly beneficial for children, people with limited hand mobility or the elderly. This means that for inhalation with a nebuliser calm and relaxed is sufficient. Many patients think that one has to breathe in quickly and forcefully when using an inhalation device. This only applies to the use of dry-powder inhalers. And when you are inhaling using a metered-dose inhaler, you have to breathe in deeply as you press down on the inhaler because the drug otherwise will not be released at all. Nebuliser therapy is easier: Sit up straight and relaxed. Breathe in and out calmly. Ideally, breathe as you would normally. This way less of the medication ends up in your throat, and reaches your lungs where it is needed.
In order for salt solutions or medication to reach the lungs, you should breathe as relaxed as possible. But what does relaxed breathing actually mean? How do I know that I am breathing correctly? With the PARI PIF Control (PIF stands for Peak Inspiratory Flow) you don't need to worry about this. It gives you reliable feedback if you breathe in too quickly by "blocking" the nebuliser. If you notice this blockage, simply breathe a little more slowly. PIF-control is integrated into many of the PARI BOY family of devices and in all PARI LC SPRINT Nebulisers for the lower airways. Exceptions: PARI LC SPRINT hospital packs, PARI LC SPRINT Tracheo and PARI LC SPRINT CENTRAL. COPD patients can use PIF-control to possibly prevent the small bronchial tubes from collapsing. If you feel resistance, exhale calmly and with the next inhalation breathe in more slowly.
The PARI PEP systems also help with your breathing. As with physiotherapy, you can loosen even mucus that is firmly lodged in the bronchial tubes. The various PARI PEP systems can be very easily attached onto the PARI nebulisers, so that inhalation therapy and PEP respiration can be performed at the same time. How does it work? The resistance of the PEP systems generates counter pressure when you exhale. This allows more medication to enter your peripheral airways when you are inhaling. It is easier to cough up mucus and to exhale more air out of your lungs. With the PARI O-PEP, the vibrations created in the O-PEP when you breathe out loosen even thick mucus from the bronchial walls so it is easier to cough up.
By the way, the “Deutsche Atemwegsliga" (German Respiratory Health League) also lists inhalation of saline solution and PEP therapy in their recommendations for respiratory physiotherapy.
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