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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Asthma: Inhalers and Nebulizers

A nebulizer changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children and to anyone who has difficulty using an asthma inhaler.
It is also convenient when a large dose of an inhaled medication is needed. Nebulized therapy is often called a "breathing treatment." And a variety of medications -- both for immediate relief and maintenance of asthma symptoms -- are available for use with a nebulizer.
Nebulizers come in home (tabletop) and portable models. Home nebulizers are larger and must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Portable nebulizers run on batteries -- either disposable or rechargeable -- or can be plugged into a car's cigarette lighter. Smaller, portable units are slightly larger than a deck of cards, so they can be carried in a purse, briefcase, or backpack to be used whenever and wherever you need them.
To obtain a nebulizer, you need a prescription from your doctor, or it can be dispensed from your pediatrician’s office. (Oftentimes, a breathing treatment is administered at the doctor’s office.)

Nigeria: International SOS Emergency Clinic Lagos

Nigeria in Lagos, West Africa

International SOS Clinic Lagos

23A Temple Road (Olu Holoway road)

Tel: Tel: +234 (0) 1 462 5600


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08h00 - 18h00 Saturday 08h00 - 18h00 Sunday Emergencies only

Our Lagos facility was established in February 2003 and was relocated to Ikoyi in November 2008. The clinic is in the secluded area of Thomson Road, a short distance from the top of Kingsway by Osborne Road, offering a better strategic location for MEDEVACs, and in the heart of Ikoyi, Lagos’ major residential area. We offer general practice consultations, treatment and emergency medical care.

Our experienced expatriate and national doctors, together with our national nurses are also supported by our Port Harcourt clinic and the International SOS global infrastructure. The clinic is on-call to offer full 24/7 emergency cover.

The clinic facilities include:
  • three consulting rooms
  • a fully-equipped emergency room complete with patient monitoring and emergency resuscitation equipment
  • a well-equipped laboratory
  • a digital x-ray unit
  • a pharmacy
  • a critical care unit
  • a ward
  • an ambulance
  • a separate occupational health unit with consultation room and audiology facilities 

Our medical team also provides the following services:
  • immunization programs
  • well-baby and pediatric care
  • annual health checks and screenings
  • travel health advice
  • first aid training and training kits
  • lectures on various medical or health-related topics
  • development of emergency response plans 

International SOS Clinics in Nigeria are accessible only via a separate agreement plan. For more details of all our services, please call or email us.