Inhalation of the active substance are sprayed into the nasopharynx, affecting the mucous membrane that provides the most rapid absorption, and hence the manifestation of the therapeutic effect. However, as in the case of using any other equipment, the use of an inhaler has its limitations and contraindications.

Steam inhaler

Traditional steam inhaler based on the inhalation of the vapors of medicinal plants, can cause increased body temperature, which makes their use highly undesirable if the patient already has a high temperature.
A sharp increase in body temperature can adversely affect the protective mechanisms of the human body, therefore, in the treatment of colds it is better to avoid the methods contributing to its further increase.

Inhalation, with body temperature of more than 37,5 OS can do more harm than good.

An exception may be made for a local device acting only on the nose and throat. In this case, the influence of hot steam to increase overall body temperature will be minimal, but the final decision should be taken by your doctor.

Especially carefully it is necessary to approach the treatment of a child, as they have underdeveloped immune system and thinner mucous membranes.

Inhalation nebulizer

Nebulizer – a special device that sprays in the throat, a cloud of tiny particles of medication to directly affect the respiratory system. Unlike steam inhaler nebulizer does not affect the temperature of the human body, and therefore can be used at high temperature.

However, this applies only to those devices that use a method of spraying without heating. A modern device that combines the advantages of steam and ultrasonic distribution of medicines at an elevated temperature also can not be used.

Don't forget that there are other rules for the use of the inhalers, they also need to comply with to obtain the maximum therapeutic effect.
Don't eat for an hour before the inhalations, observe the precise dosage and alternating use of the drugs during the procedure, breathe slowly and deeply.

Contraindications to the use of any inhalation, including a nebulizer, are the nosebleeds, and respiratory and cardiovascular failure.

As for the dosage of the solutions, it is best for colds and flu approach saline, mineral water, decoction of sage and chamomile.