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Doctor insights on: Cold Mist Humidifier Vs Warm Mist

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What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

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 like a waterfall does. Both create mist but by different methods. There is debate as to which is a better device. Each has its pluses and minuses. ...Read more

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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Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Humidifier: Anything that moistens mucus membranes will be helpful. Humidifier is a great tool. Not much difference between cool mist or lukewarm mist humidifier, more so the matter of preference and comfort. I like lukewarm slightly better, though. ...Read more

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Do you suggest warm or cold mist humidifiers for colds in the winter?

Do you suggest warm or cold mist humidifiers for colds in the winter?

Humidifiers: As long as there are no young children in the house, especially toddlers, hot humifiers are fine. The reason is that they can suffer from burns. Either humidifiers do the job; each use depend on the temperature of the room you live in. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use my Honeywell hepa and Vick’s warm mist humidifier at same time? If it better or worse to use both going at same time?

Is it ok to use my Honeywell hepa and Vick’s warm mist humidifier at same time? If it better or worse to use both going at same time?

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 the rare weeks you have the heat on in south Texas humidifiers or misters can reduce nasal dryness, soar throats and cough. They are rarely helpful otherwise. Hepa filters are fine year round. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

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" filled with cool mist. However, despite its continued widespread use, little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. Randomized studies of children with moderate-to-severe croup revealed no difference in outcome for treated vs not. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

May Not Matter: There is an old study that demonstrated cool air/moisture penetrates deeper into the respiratory tree. But not by much. There may be very little practical difference. ...Read more

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Is a cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

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 and easy to drain
make sure the machine is cleaned prior to use so there is no mold accumulation ...Read more

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What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

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 gets too close. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. Also, by the time the water vapor reaches your child's lower airways, it's the same temperature regardless of whether it started out warm or cool. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

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 from warm/hot humidifiers where curious toddlers touch them or get too close and get burned. Also, you have to be very conscientious about cleaning warm ones daily as they are more prone to harbor molds and other germs in the warm mist. Go with cool! ...Read more

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Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

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 suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation.
A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put vicks vaporub in the medicine cup of my warm mist humidifier? I am 28 but the only posts I find seem more for helping young children

Is it safe to put vicks vaporub in the medicine cup of my warm mist humidifier? I am 28 but the only posts I find seem more for helping young children

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 do well with it. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with acute bronciolitis, would a warm mist humidifier help my child's cough?

My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with acute bronciolitis, would a warm mist humidifier help my child's cough?

Cool Myst: Cool myst humidifiers are safer because you cannot burn yourself on the steam. Also, have a fan near by to circulate the humid air. ...Read more

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Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.

Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.

Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal (oxymetazoline) passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! Please skip the camphor and just use a warm mist humidifier. ...Read more

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Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

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 part of the Furnace system in the North, where the heat is on for months but not in Texas. We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...Read more

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3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day?

3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day?

Should see doctor: A cold with fever and cough so hard as to induce vomiting can be pertusis (whooping cough) or rsv, even if he didn't miss any scheduled vaccinations. So this one does warrent actual visit to his doctor. ...Read more

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Which kind of humidifier Is better out of cool mist one or warm mist one? I got allergies wife has nose bleeds on dry weather which kind would you buy

Cool: Humidifiers never mist, but rely on a fan pushing air through a wick to saturate the air with water. Misters are vaporizers & do so with steam (cheap unsafe ones) or room temperature tuning fork technology. Misters often wet the room with due like coating. Humidifiers are good to replace moisture lost in a heated house. Targeting a humidity of 35-45% is best for general health. ...Read more

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Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Live in NorCal and struggle w chronic sinusitis w sore throat & post nasal drip - warm or cool mist humidifier? Thx.

Live in NorCal and struggle w chronic sinusitis w sore throat & post nasal drip - warm or cool mist humidifier? Thx.

You probably need. .: A dehumidifier rather!! For environmental control, as you may have allergy triggers that thrive in humidity. You can still humidify your upper airways with saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, till you see your doctor or an allergist to sort your chronic problem out, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Other than temperature, what is the difference between cool and warm mist humidifiers?

Other than temperature, what is the difference between cool and warm mist humidifiers?

Safety: The use of steamers (hot element humidifiers) has not been recommended for years due to safety concerns. The parent stumbling around in a poorly lit room trying to retrieve & fill one often spilled boiling water on themselves or at worse, the heater could malfunction & burn the house down. Today's misters use differn't technology to produce a cool mist & humidifiers make no mist at all. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the Vicks ultrasonic, cool mist, and warm mist humidifiers?

Heat/danger: Warm mist producers are basically over sized coffee warmers that rely on decades old technology & could burn your house down. I haven't recommended one, ever. The ultrasonic systems use a vibrating tuning fork to generate the mist. It is safe & effective. ...Read more

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Do warm mist humidifiers help with dry skin and allergies?

Do warm mist humidifiers help with dry skin and allergies?

No: It is my understanding that humidifiers add litle to the humidity of a house (most moisture goes into ceiling and rafters) so these are of little to no benefit for dry skin. What works best is "soaking and trapping". That is soak skin and then trap the moisture within 2 minures with moisturizers.. And creams are better than lotions and ointments and oils are better than creams.. ...Read more

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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Which humidifier is best when you have a chest infection? Cool or warm and why?

See below: In my opinion, it makes no real difference. The key is to increase the humidity in the room where the humidifier is placed. Getting in the shower can be just as good for clearing out mucous. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor, my son 4 years old suffered from nose bleeding 2-3 days back. Which humidifier do you suggest warm or cool?

Hello Doctor, my son 4 years old suffered from nose bleeding 2-3 days back. Which humidifier do you suggest warm or cool?

Which one: One is not better than the other. The way I would tackle it is I would just buy the one that has the best reviews from customers. Simple efficient answer ;) ...Read more

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Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

No: Humidified air will help if nose congested and runny. I would try and use distilled water, keep a distance away as per the gadgets instructions. Should be regularly cleaned. A tent aparatus made with towels or sheets over the head end of the crib with humidifier on the right height chair pointed under the tent will allow good humidity without being too close to baby. Watch it closely always! ...Read more

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Do cool water and warm water humidifiers have the same purpose?

Do cool water and warm water humidifiers have the same purpose?

Humidifiers: Yes. They both increase humidity. Be careful with warm water humidifiers when there are young children around because they could burn themselves when playing around them. ...Read more

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My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

No Medicine BUT.....: There are no medicines for cough in a four month old but if your baby has cold symptoms with a persistent cough the possibilities are numerous including pertussis so I think it is very important that you visit with your pediatrician now. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter is fighting a cold. She now has a cough. Would leaving a cool mist humidifier on throughout the night help her?

Maybe, maybe not: These help most when the environment is very dry, like in winder, when the heater pulls the humidity down below 20%.Humidifiers & vaporizers can help bring up the humidity up where it is not further drying the kids airway when they are sick. If the basic humidity the kid is in runs 30-40%, the humidifier has less positive benefit. ...Read more