Breathing Treatments - MY CONCIERGE MD

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes over 3 million deaths globally, accounting for approximately 6% of all deaths worldwide.

Therefore, lung and breathing problems should be taken seriously.

Therefore, breathing treatments play an essential role in the management of lung conditions such as COPD. They help alleviate symptoms, improve lung function, and reduce the risk of complications and hospitalizations. By working closely with a healthcare provider, individuals can receive personalized breathing treatments to manage their lung conditions and improve their overall health conditions. Our Beverly Hills medical practice offers in-office breathing treatments and nebulizer treatments for patients who are suffering from shortness of breath due to a variety of medical issues. We also provide house calls for in home nebulizer and in home breathing treatments throughout the Los Angeles area. Contact us today and schedule an office consultation or tele-health or virtual visit with our physicians and start your treatment today!

What are breathing treatments?

Breathing treatments refer to medical procedures used to improve lung function and breathing. They can include the use of inhaled medications delivered through an inhaler or nebulizer, oxygen therapy, bronchodilators, steroids, mucolytics, and chest physiotherapy.

These treatments are typically prescribed for individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, lung infection, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis and can help to reduce symptoms, prevent complications, and improve overall health.

Types of breathing treatments

Inhalers: An inhaler is a device used to deliver medication directly to the lungs. It contains a pressurized canister that releases a measured dose of medicine when activated. Inhalers are commonly used for COPD and asthma treatments.

Nebulizers: A nebulizer is a machine that converts liquid medication into a fine mist (aerosol spray) that can be inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece. Nebulizer treatment is typically used for individuals who have difficulty using an inhaler or for those who need a higher dose of medication.

Oxygen Therapy: Oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the body. This type of breathing treatment is commonly used for individuals with conditions such as COPD, cystic fibrosis, or lung cancer who have difficulty breathing or low levels of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen can be delivered through a nasal cannula, face mask, or ventilator.

Bronchodilators: Bronchodilators are medications that help relax and open the airways, making breathing easier. They are commonly used to treat lung conditions such as asthma attacks and COPD and can be delivered through an inhaler or nebulizer.

Steroids: Steroids are medications that reduce inflammation in the airways. They are commonly used to treat lung conditions such as asthma and COPD and can be delivered through an inhaler, nebulizer, or orally.

Mucolytics: Mucolytics are medications that help to break up mucus in the airways. They are commonly used to treat lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis and can be delivered through a nebulizer.

Chest Physiotherapy: Chest physiotherapy, also known as chest physical therapy or postural drainage, is a type of breathing treatment that uses techniques such as chest percussion and vibration to help clear mucus from the lungs. It is commonly used for individuals with lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia.

What is the best breathing treatment?

The best breathing treatment varies from person to person and depends on the individual’s specific lung condition and symptoms. However, both nebulizers and inhalers are typically effective in managing breathing difficulties. Proper use of an inhaler can make it just as effective as a nebulizer.

Medication for respiratory diseases

Levalbuterol, budesonide, epinephrine, and anticholinergics are medications that can be used as part of breathing treatments to manage respiratory problems.

Levalbuterol is a type of beta-2 agonist that helps to relax the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe. Budesonide is a type of steroid that reduces inflammation in the airways, making it easier to breathe. Epinephrine is a hormone that stimulates the heart and dilates the airways, making breathing easier.

Anticholinergics are medications that block the action of acetylcholine, a chemical in the body that narrows the airways. By blocking the action of acetylcholine, anticholinergics help to keep the airways open and make it easier to breathe.

These medications can be delivered through a nebulizer or an inhaler, and the choice of medication and delivery method will depend on the patient’s specific breathing problems and medical history.

What are the benefits of breathing treatments?

Improving breathing function: Breathing treatments can help to relieve symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, as well as improving breathing function. Certain lung diseases and lung conditions can cause chronic respiratory issues and the need for chronic therapy.

What are the benefits of breathing treatments - MY CONCIERGE MD

Reducing inflammation

Certain breathing treatments, such as steroids, can reduce inflammation in the airways, making breathing easier.

Breaking up mucus

Mucolytics can help to break up mucus in the airways, making it easier to cough it up and breathe more easily.

Relieving bronchospasm

Bronchodilators can help to relieve bronchospasm, which is the tightening of the muscles around the airways. There are long acting bronchodilators and short acting bronchodilators.

Increasing oxygen levels

Oxygen therapy can increase the amount of oxygen in the body, improving overall health and well-being.


Some breathing treatments, such as dose inhalers, are portable and easy to use, making them a convenient option for managing breathing difficulties on the go.

Improving the quality of life

By relieving symptoms and improving breathing function, breathing treatments can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with lung conditions.

What are the side effects of breathing treatments?

Nervousness and shaking: beta-agonists like albuterol in bronchodilators can cause nervousness and shake.

Increased heart rate: Some breathing treatments can increase heart rate and cause palpitations.

Headache: Breathing treatments, particularly inhaled corticosteroids, can cause headaches.

Thrush: Prolonged use of nebulizers can increase the risk of thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth and throat.

Hoarseness: Inhaled corticosteroids can cause hoarseness or a change in voice.

Sore throat: Certain breathing treatments, such as nebulizers, can cause a sore throat.

Coughing: Bronchodilators can cause coughing, especially when first starting the treatment.

Upset stomach: Some breathing treatments, such as mucolytics, can cause upset stomach or nausea.

How do you know when you need a breathing treatment?

You may need a breathing treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Shortness of breath: Difficulty breathing, feeling winded or out of breath, even when performing light activities.

Wheezing: A high-pitched whistling sound when breathing, especially during exhalation.

Chest tightness: A feeling of tightness or pressure in the chest.

Coughing: Persistent coughing, especially if accompanied by mucus.

Rapid breathing: Breathing at a faster rate than normal.

Fatigue: Feeling tired or exhausted more easily due to breathing difficulties.

Difficulty sleeping: Trouble sleeping due to breathing problems.

How do you get a breathing treatment?

Getting a breathing treatment usually involves a few steps. Firstly, you should see a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or pulmonologist, who can diagnose any breathing problems and determine if a breathing treatment is needed.

Once a breathing treatment is prescribed, you can have it filled at a pharmacy. Many breathing treatments, such as inhalers and nebulizers, can be self-administered at home, but in some cases, they may be administered in a hospital or clinic setting for severe breathing problems or during acute exacerbations.

It’s crucial to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider for using your breathing treatment correctly and to attend regular check-ups to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment and make any necessary adjustments. If you are suffering from a respiratory infection, we can also provide you with antibiotics to clear the infection.

Do you need a prescription to get a breathing treatment?

Yes, you typically need a prescription from a healthcare provider for a breathing treatment. Your doctor or a specialist, such as a pulmonologist, will diagnose any breathing problems and determine if a breathing treatment is necessary.

They will then write a prescription for the specific breathing treatment they believe will be most effective for you. You can then have the prescription filled at a pharmacy. It’s important to follow the instructions and medical advice provided by your healthcare provider for using your breathing treatment correctly and to attend regular check-ups to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment and make any necessary adjustments.

Breathing treatments at My Concierge MD

At My Concierge MD, we understand the importance of proper respiratory care. That’s why we offer comprehensive breathing treatments to help manage breathing problems and improve overall health and well-being. Our experienced healthcare providers work with each patient to diagnose their breathing problems and determine the best course of treatment, such as nebulized therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and respiratory care for small children.

We take pride in providing personalized, urgent care to each and every patient, and we believe everyone deserves access to the highest quality of medical care. With our breathing treatments, we are helping people manage their breathing problems and live their lives to the fullest.

If you or a loved one has trouble breathing or other respiratory issues, don’t wait to get help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start on the path to better health. With our breathing treatments, you can breathe easier and enjoy life to the fullest.

As Seen On