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Cool Mist Humidifier Or Vaporizer For Cough
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
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
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 vaporizers have a heating element that boils water making steam, these are unsafe. Modern products use tuning fork technology & make light or heavy mist (vaporizers also humidify)they are safe & helpful when your heater dries out the air you sleep in. ...Read more
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 sure to claen either machine at least weekly, to prevent mold build up. ...Read more
Warm mist vs cool mist humidifiers: does the warm mist make the room warm and similarly with the cool mist?
Humidifiers: Yes and yes. Warm mist will not be enough to heat a room and likewise for cool mist. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Cool humidifier: In my medical opinion, the cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is preferable to the hot vaporizer due to the safety concerns of the heating of the water with potential injury posed by the vaporizer. Furthermore, experientially, parental feedback indicates that the cool humidifier seems to provide a more calming cough relief than the hotter vaporizer. ...Read more
My baby will be born end of January. Can I use vaporizer for him? Cool mist or steam? Humidifier or vaporizer, which are better?
It's plenty: You can check reviews on the internet or go in nearby wall-mart, k-mart, home depot etc. You have to decide: what size of the room you would like to humidify, would you like to have it with filter or without, what type would you like to have: ultrasonic or not, big or small ( for how many liters), etc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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