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Nebulisers in childhood asthma

Abstract

Six years ago we concluded that nebulised bronchodilators were often useful in asthma but were not a substitute for effective prophylaxis.1 Nebulisers are now widely used. Hospital consultants can prescribe them and GPs often lend them for brief treatment at home; many parents of asthmatic children buy them. When do children need nebulised treatment, and what are the safeguards?

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