Your portable nebulizer in UAE will need to be cleaned at least three to four times a year, depending on use. You should check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection procedures and replace pieces as needed. Never share or reuse pieces. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on replacement, cleaning, and disinfection, because bacteria and viruses can build up on your nebulizer. Moreover, infections in nebulizers can be dangerous, especially for people suffering from lung disorders.
Disinfecting nebulizer cup:
Cleaning your nebulizer can help prolong its life, prevent clogging, and reduce the risk of infection. To avoid these issues, be sure to follow the guidelines below. To begin, rinse your nebulizer cup thoroughly after use with warm water. Rinse it again in clean water and air dry. For more thorough cleaning, soak your nebulizer cup in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for 20 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly under a stream of water. Finally, be sure to air dry it completely before storing it away.
You should disinfect your nebulizer mouthpiece at least once a week and clean your nebulizer equipment daily. You can use a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol, 3% hydrogen peroxide, or a one-part white vinegar to a three-part water solution. Rinse the nebulizer parts thoroughly under running water and air dry them before storing them.
Disinfecting nebulizer with tap water:
Many individuals wash their nebulizers with tap water after disinfection. While tap water is generally safe to use for general cleaning, it is not sterile. It is also known to contain pathogenic microorganisms, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The nebulizer may re-contaminate CF patients who have used tap water. The instructions on the nebulizers may differ depending on the manufacturer.
Remove the removable parts of the machine before cleaning:
The first step in cleaning your nebulizer is to remove the removable parts of the machine. These parts are the mask and mouthpiece. You should remove these parts and soak them in the cleaning solution for twenty minutes to an hour. After soaking, rinse the nebulizer under running water for 30 seconds. You should then air dry the device completely. Afterward, store it in a clean plastic bag in a dust-proof place to avoid damage and contamination.