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    #1

    use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    What's a natural way of talking about administering asthma medication using a nebulizer?

    1. Son, it's time for you to use your nebulizer again.
    2. Son, it's time for you to nebulize again.

    1. Dad, I want to nebulize too. I'm also coughing, see? Cough, cough.
    2. Dad, I want to use the nebulizer too. I'm also coughing, see? Cough, cough.
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    Re: use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    The device is called a nebulizer in AmE, but the treatment is called a breathing treatment.
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    Re: use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    2. Son, it's time for you to nebulize again.

    This sounds like it's time for your son to turn into a cloud.
    I'd say, "It's time for your Ventolin again." (Substitute appropriate drug name). I would assume that he understands the routine.

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    Re: use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    Hm. In all the parts of the US I've ever lived in, they're called inhalers.

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    Re: use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    Inhalers and nebulisers aren't the same thing (or at least not always). My mother has one of each for her asthma and her COPD.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: use your nebulizer, to nebulize

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Hm. In all the parts of the US I've ever lived in, they're called inhalers.

    Live and learn!
    Inhalers are little devices containing medications and propellant, with a mechanism for expelling a single measured dose of the medicine. A nebulizer is a larger device that produces a steady stream of medicated air that the patient breathes for a period of time. The devices may deliver the same medicines but they do it differently.
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