Nebulization is a biological medical treatment that can do wonders for, as consulting physician Dr. Markham says, “all things sinus, ear, nose, and throat related.”
A nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medicine as mist inhaled into the lungs. We consulted again with resident physician at the American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM)–Dr. Jennifer Markham. She shared with us how nebulization works and what ailments this biological medical treatment can help resolve.
Who would you recommend nebulization to?
Dr. Markham says that people with the following symptoms and/or conditions can benefit from nebulization:
- A history of sinus infections
- A current sinus infection
- Acute or chronic sinus congestion
- Difficulty breathing due to sinus congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Excessive mucus production
- Sinus pressure
- A history of exposure to molds
- Teeth pain
- Ear congestion
- Decreased hearing from fluid in eustachian tubes
Dr. Markham says that it is important to remember that many people no longer have symptoms of a sinus infection, however tend to have a cold nose before any other part of their body is cold, indicating typically colder sinus cavities. Nebulizing helps address latent sinus congestion or infections and provides excellent results over time.
What are some tips or guidelines on how to use a nebulizer?
- You will want to use the proper sized mask for your face–one that fits well over your nose and mouth and is secured by an elastic band.
- When nebulizing at home, use pure saline and any additional prescribed therapies in the nebulizer cup and do not exceed the fill line.
- Sit down during the treatment, allow for at least 15 minutes, and engage in some additional activity such as reading, castor oil pack time, and/or alternating deep breathing exercises.
- Then breathe in through your nose at least half of the time and occasionally through your mouth.
Why are nebulizers so effective?
Dr. Markham says that nebulizers moisten the sinuses and allow aerosolized medicine to reach the inner cavities of the sinuses for greater effect than a neti pot for example.
What are the benefits of nebulization and how often should it be used?
Typically, this biological medical treatment is best done at least once daily or a minimum of three times per week. Benefits include:
- Decreased sinus congestion
- Improved nasal breathing
- Decreased post-nasal drip
- Elimination of sinus headaches over time
- Improved hearing if there is ear congestion
- Elimination of long-held mucus congestion
Many people experience more sinus drainage or more mucus expectorant initially upon nebulizing because their body is eliminating the congestion that has been present. Dr. Markham says, “With consistent treatment, nebulization is one of the most effect treatments I have utilized for all things sinus, ear, nose, and throat related!”
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About Dr. Jennifer Markham
Dr. Jennifer Markham discovered naturopathic medicine after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis–an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the digestive, nervous, and immune system. She also witnessed the near death of her mother due to complications with Crohn’s disease–another digestive autoimmune disease. When Dr. Markham committed herself to finding the answers behind her own chronic illness, she discovered naturopathic medicine, began medical school, and wholeheartedly embodied the mindset “physician health thyself.” After medical school, Dr. Markham aimed to restore her own health, which allowed her to support and empower others to achieve optimal vibrancy and health. She then had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado for two years with a primary focus in management of chronic disease, including mental and emotional conditions, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders, infertility, women’s health, aging, and neurodegeneration. She utilizes foundations of lifestyle balancing through individualized daily practices, nutrition, movement, and proper sleep hygiene. The therapies she provides are biotherapeutic drainage (a European homeopathic system), gemstone therapies, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. In chronic disease, the nervous system invariably contributes to the worsening of the disease or limits the healing. Dr. Markham focuses on nervous system balancing through lifestyle, therapies, and treatments individualized to each patient.