Respiratory Supplies

It should be noted that respiratory supplies are crucial to anyone dealing with a respiratory condition. In fact, these supplies are essential to keep healthy and institute effective sleep therapy.

Peak Flow Meter

Peak flow is a measurement of lung function that records the speed and force of expelled air. Generally speaking, a person with asthma can use a peak flow meter at home to monitor the progress of asthma treatment and the risk of an upcoming attack.

Inhalers

An inhaler is a handheld device that turns asthma medicine into a spray, similar to that of an aerosol can. As a result, they make it more efficient at reaching the airways.

There are two different types:

Metered Dose Inhalers: These released a pre-measured puff of medicine to ensure that a person with asthma gets the exact dose they need.

Dry Powder Inhalers: A dry powder inhaler delivers asthma medication in the form of a powder, not a spray.

Nebulizers

These are electronic devices that transform asthma drugs into a fine mist and do not require forceful inhalation. Generally speaking, they are bulkier than inhalers and sometimes require a power supply. In addition, they may also be battery-powered. An individual takes the mouthpiece and breathes in and out for around 10 minutes.

CPAP Masks

Mask styles can vary with and depends in part on your breathing habits, how comfortable the mask is for you to wear, and the kind of sleep apnea disorder you have.

Types of CPAP masks:

Nasal Pillow Mask: This type of mask has a small cushion that caps over your nostril area. It may also have prongs that fit into your nostrils. This mask allows you to wear your glasses easily. Furthermore, it also works well if you have lots of facial hair that may prevent a larger mask from fitting snugly.

Nasal Mask: This type is a cushioned mask that covers your whole nose area. Additionally, it may be a better option if you tend to move around in your sleep. It can deliver a high-pressure airstream.

Full Mask: This type is shaped like a triangle and covers your mouth and nose. Your doctor might prescribe this kind of mask if you breathe through your mouth when you sleep. Additionally they may prescribe this if you have a blockage of some kind in your nose.

BiPAP (Bi-level Positive Airflow Pressure)

This device has two pressure settings, one pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling. As a result, it’s used for individuals who can’t tolerate CPAP machines or have elevated carbon dioxide levels in their blood. BiPAP devices can also come with a backup respiratory rate for patients who have central sleep apnea. The backup respiratory rate ensures the person breathes, as the main problem with central sleep apnea is initiating breath.

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