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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Whatever: Warm mist humidifiers are frowned upon in general because of safety issues. Safe products using tuning fork technology to create mist are safer. In th ... Read More

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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
29 years experience Family Medicine
They are different: A warm mist humidifier is a device that heats water into steam and a cold mist vaporizer uses a device to spin and genrate tiny droplets of cool mist ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Safety: Most warm mist producers involve a heating element that can burn down a house or produce scalding when you get up to add water. They are cheaper but d ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends/yes: I find the Vick's additive is air pollution with little effect.It re-creates the sweat lodge smell of the Indians of East Texas who used pine pitch to ... Read More
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
23 years experience Family Medicine
Helps stop coughs: The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub are camphor (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic), eucalyptus oil (a cough suppressant) and menthol (a c ... Read More
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Humidifier: is great for keeping airways, throat, eyes, from drying. No need for Vicks. Be sure to clean it periodically. Clean off the mineral deposit that ca ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
See below:: Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century, cool mist administration was the mainstay of treatment for croup. Hospitals had "croup rooms" fille ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maya Vazirani
52 years experience Neonatology
Humidifier: should be cool for upper airway obstruction like croup and if it is a less than 1 yr ols it should be hot for sinusitis so nasal drainage liquefies an ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
See below:: For safety, 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 ge ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Cool for a 3 y/o: The mist from both is the same, but the dangers of hot water from a warm mist humidiifer is very real with a 3 year old. I have seen too many burns fr ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Room Temperature: Body or at least room temperature is best. Cold may increase bronchospasm.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on.They don't have to mist to be effective.It is par ... Read More
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