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Could Inhaled Hypertonic Saline Be a Good Addition to Treatment?
If you’re like most people, you’re probably always looking for things that could help you feel better. Some individuals who use nebulizers have found success by using inhaled hypertonic saline.
Even if your doctor hasn’t brought up the possibility of using inhaled hypertonic saline, it’s always worthwhile to be proactive in learning about strategies that may improve your health. Keep reading to find out more about inhaled hypertonic saline and why it may be a good option, especially if you have cystic fibrosis.
A Study of Cystic Fibrosis Patients
In 2004, the results of an Australian study were presented at a cystic fibrosis conference. It’s already known that the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients lack an adequate amount of salt and water. Researchers wondered if inhaled hypertonic saline would help compensate for the deficiencies, while also clearing thick mucus from the lungs.
Results of the Research
Participants were split into two groups. One group used nebulizers to inhale a normal saline solution, while the other was given a hypertonic saline solution that had a 7 percent salt content. Although both groups saw improvements in lung function, the individuals who inhaled the hypertonic saline enjoyed greater gains, and had a lower likelihood of lung infections.
Consult With Your Physician
If you’re thinking about using inhaled hypertonic saline as part of your nebulizer treatments, it’s important to talk with your doctor to determine whether it’s an appropriate course of action. He or she may recommend doing sputum culture tests prior to writing a prescription for inhaled hypertonic saline.
Although inhaled hypertonic saline is not yet available to purchase at Nebology.com, we may carry it in the future. Until then, always get the mixture from a pharmacy, rather than trying to make it on your own. That’ll ensure the solution is kept sterile, and has the correct potency.