Asthma Equipment and Supplies

The equipment and supplies that parents need to take care of their child’s wheezing or asthma are simple to use. Getting them shouldn’t be complicated, but with health insurance contracts, it can be.


A nebulizer is a device that aerosolizes medication. It’s basically a compressor with tubing and a mouthpiece or mask for the patient to use. Nebulizers are used with medications like albuterol to treat wheezing, asthma, and sometimes bronchiolitis.

Nebulizers are classified as Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Health insurance policies have specific vendors and coverage. You can find out what your coverage and out-of-pocket costs are by calling your insurance company. We write a prescription for a nebulizer and then families can pick them up at the DME company.

We offer nebulizers and nebulizer parts at the office as a convenience.

mouthpieceParts of the nebulizer (like the mask, mouthpiece and tubing) need to be replaced. To get replacements parts, we send a prescription to the DME company and families can pick them up.



spacerWe also stock the Spacers used with metered dose inhalers.



About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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