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Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
31 years experience in Pediatrics
Both work!: Adding moisture to the air using a vaporizer or cool mist humidifier can be very helpful for respiratory infections and problems. Both work, both add ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anita Sinha
16 years experience in Pediatrics
Cool mist: Humidifiers can help with congestion in young children if needed during dry weather.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Goldstein
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Netty pot: There is no limit to how many times you can use a netty. Pot. Colds can be passed back and forth. I usually recommend a humidifier, but some patients ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience in Pediatrics
Humidity: Both are effective for increasing humidity in a room. Vaporizers tend to create environment that can promote growth of bacteria, so you have to make s ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Both: A vaporizer or humidifier are interchangeable, in that they both produce extra moisture to help keep the secretions in the throat moist so they can be ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Waste of med: Placing this in a vaporizer would dilute the medication so much that no effective level could be obtained with its use.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Hoecker
Specializes in Infectious Disease
For their safety, always use cool-mist humidifiers for children: Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. In the event of a spill, hot water mig ... Read More
A 5-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
16 years experience in Pediatrics
Bronchiolitis: Cool mist humidifier can help. The heater is fine too. The nebulizer will be the biggest help for bronchiolitis.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Either: Humidity is moisture in the air. It doesn't matter how it gets there. The main differences in the cool mist vs steam is the noise and the cost. Be su ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Never: Never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of a child's body! q tips are too big , may hurt and cause damage including a ruptured eardr ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Humidifiers are safe as long as you keep them clean and use the cold air ones so that you don't get bacterial or fungal growth in them. Congestion can ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: Steam sauna or any prolonged exposure to hot water/steam is very bad for the skin and should be avoided. These hot environments strips the skin of muc ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
I won't: Recommend it. There are better and healthier alternatives to relieve congestion. Hope u breathe better! http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoki ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: Non toxic, even if applied in small amounts. May be no benefit. All the best.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Use if you wish: I NEVER recommend it for small children.Their airways are often irritated and react to the stuff with increasing cough and congestion.Adults seem to d ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: During breathing,air approaches 100% humidity to easily pass oxygen into our lungs. It does that by extracting moisture from the nasal/oral airway on ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience in Emergency Medicine
No problem: There is no problem using them together.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Warm.: All shampoos can leave residue on the hair or scalp. The are more solubilized in warm water than cold, so less residue is left.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Do: There is no medical reason to do this. In addition, most vaporizers are cold water ones.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
No: It just is not necessary, although it is useful in croup.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Eczema: With eczema, you are better to take a shower than a bath. A bath will make the eczema worse. When you get out of the shower dry off your skin and add ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
I would be: leery about that.

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