A nebulizer is a machine that allows medications to be administered in the form of a mist that is inhaled into the lungs. Using glutathione in this forms allows for maximum benefit to the respiratory tissues, and is typically very tolerable. Patients with asthma or allergies to sulfites may not be ideal candidates for glutathione treatments, but may still benefit from nebulized saline for certain respiratory concerns.
In the nebulized form glutathione has been shown to increase the number of white blood cells, and acts as a mucolytic. This can aid in not only decreasing the amount and thickness of mucous, but also may increase the local immune response in the respiratory tract. As such it's beneficial in many conditions beyond acute infections such as:
- chronic rhinitis
- chronic sinusitis
- post-viral cough
- cystic fibrosis
- idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis