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Are bacteriostatic products safe to breathe via a humidifier?

Are bacteriostatic products safe to breathe via a humidifier?

Typically no: Medications for nebulizer use are formulated as prevervative free to prevent irritant or allergic reactions to these compounds. ...Read more

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Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


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I am dependant on humidifier to be able in winter to be able to breath when air is dry due heating indoors, asking for causes and alternative solution?

Typical effect: The average human needs humidified air (35-45%) to prevent the effect to dry heat on the nasal membranes. This drying is caused by the extraction of moisture to humidify the air before it reaches the deep lung tissues for oxygen exchange which is typically at 100% during the process. The dryer the environment the worse the nose suffers. Nasal saline gel sometimes helps too. ...Read more

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3 month old with croup. How close can I safely place our cool mist humidifier? I feel like when the mist is directly over him, he breathes better but

3 month old with croup. How close can I safely place our cool mist humidifier? I feel like when the mist is directly over him, he breathes better but

5-6 feet: Any closer may cause too much humidity. Use gentle saline and keep his nasal passages clear. Keep the humidifier clean. Keep his room cool and head upright. All the best. ...Read more

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I ve dry nose,especially in winter[below 40 humidity], i ve to use humidifier to breath well,what may be the cause while others can breath without it?

I ve dry nose,especially in winter[below 40 humidity], i ve to use humidifier to breath well,what may be the cause while others can breath without it?

Not uncommon: Many have either a dry nose (with nose bleeds) or dry/soar throat after sleeping the night in poor humidity. The oral/nasal airway adds water to the air as it enters the lungs.Humidity needs to be near 100% at the air exchange point in the lungs or you get tissue injury.Nasal allergies, septal deviation and or membrane swelling aggravates the process.It is a natural event for many. ...Read more

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I'm curious to know if a humidifier or De humidifier will help me. I wake up every morning sneezing can't breath out one nostril all stuffy or pouring?

Maybe: You might do better to get an air purifier to get rid of whatever allergens are bothering you at night. Also, take some Benedryl before bed or a Claritin (loratadine) in the morning. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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I use a bacteriostat in my evaporative humidifier and it says on the bottle it shouldn't be inhaled so how is that safe?

What is the agent?: I agree that the instruction is conflicting. However we do need to know what the agent is in order to assess its safety. There are some bacteriostatic that's safe and others not so. ...Read more