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warm air humidifier vs cool mist vaporizer

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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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No sure answer: However cool mist may actually trigger asthma. In general, I have not found any vaporizer to be helpful for asthma. In fact, if the reservoir is not ... Read More
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Asthma plan: Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would s ... Read More

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
To mist or not to: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style va ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anita Sinha
16 years experience Pediatrics
Cool mist: Humidifiers can help with congestion in young children if needed during dry weather.
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
49 years experience Pediatrics
Humidifier: In January, you might be using heating, which make the air dry. So a cool humidifier is what we recommend. I have some tips for new parents here:http: ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Humidifiers/ misters: When you heat your house you dry the air which can parch the airways & lead to sore throat/congested nose/headaches/ cough at any age.Babies are m ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience 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 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 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 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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