Some PCD patients who find it difficult to move the mucus out of their lungs, use a nebuliser to help loosen their mucus before they do physiotherapy or for delivering antibiotics directly into the lungs.
There are a number of different types of ‘mucolytics’ such as DNase or Mucodyne (which are generally not very effective in PCD) but more commonly, hypertonic saline is used. It is very important that you try these with your physiotherapist as they are not suitable for everyone. They are designed to be taken before you do your physiotherapy.
If you are prescribed antibiotics to be used in a nebuliser it is important you use the nebuliser after you have done your physiotherapy. You must also follow the manufacturer’s instructions on regularly sterilising your nebuliser equipment.
Discuss this with your physiotherapy department well in advance of the holiday and they may be able to lend you one. Alternatively, they are hireable in the USA from medical equipment companies.