Don’t wait until you’re already sick to bust out the Nebulizer this cold and flu season—make sure you have one, then use it effectively!
When should you Nebulize?
If you’ve been exposed to a sick family member, friend, or coworker, spend some time with a nebulizer when you get home. If you spent the day breathing in someone else’s sneezes and coughs, it might be prudent to breathe in some antimicrobial colloidal silver!
Feeling extra tired for no reason? Ache-y? Is your throat getting that tight feeling? Any of the early symptoms of cold and flu should also trigger you to spend some time nebulizing.
Traveling? If you’re getting on a plane, you’re going to be breathing that stinky recycled air for a couple of hours. Pack your nebulizer so you can use it while you freshen up when you arrive.
How should I Nebulize?
Start by following the package directions to set things up. If you are doing it for prevention, you probably don’t need to Nebulize for as long as you would if you are full blown sick.
Now, it’s not completely silent. So here are my tips to maximize your time:
-Use the kids’ mask rather than the hand held part (if your model comes with it) so your hands are free. Now you can doze or read a good book.
-Not hands free? I bet you have some great phone apps you can do one handed, or you can try out a new foreign show—it’s already subtitled in case you can’t hear over the motor! (Netflix has great selection of foreign tv shows and films. Try a Korean soap opera—they’re cute and hilarious!)
-Take nice deep breaths while you Nebulize. You could even make this an opportunity to meditate—de-stressing will also help strengthen your immune system.
Don’t forget to clean it afterwards. Just like your thermometer and other health gear, you should thoroughly clean your health tools after each use, and especially after each illness.
In fact, each family member should have their own health kit—nebulizer mouth piece/mask, sinus flooding kit (bulb), thermometer, etc. Use a sharpie to add initials, or make an emergency sickness kit and keep it under each person’s bed (you can get a 1 dollar plastic shoebox at Walmart). This is especially helpful if everyone is sick at once (and too weak and tired to thoroughly clean things between uses) or if one person is sick and everyone else is trying to stay healthy.