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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer? Which is better for a 4 month old with a cough/allergies?

Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer? Which is better for a 4 month old with a cough/allergies?

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.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

Both: A vaporizer or humidifier are interchangeable, in that they both produce extra moisture to help keep the secretions in the throat moist so they can be removed more easily from the throat.

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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

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.

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Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Which helps more:  vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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Can a cool mist humidifier make a wet chesty cough worse? Child has been coughing nonstop very mucusy cough, he has strep humidifier has been on

Can a cool mist humidifier make a wet chesty cough worse? Child has been coughing nonstop very mucusy cough, he has strep humidifier has been on

Sometimes: most coughs in children are due to throat irritation or mucous draining down the throat. Humidifiers help both of these conditions usually by moisturizing the back of the throat and loosening mucous. some children get more cough with this loosening. Depending the age of your child he may benefit from cough med if your doctor feels it.s appropriate contact him/her

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What is best meds to take for dry cough? My cool mist humidifier Don't do the job . Changing weather here in Texas lately

What is best meds to take for dry cough? My cool mist humidifier Don't do the job . Changing weather here in Texas lately

Mgt: Dry cough has many causes, and I would suggest an inbox consultation. Local irritation, bronchospasm should be assessed.Do you smoke? Is there a history of allergic disease?

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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.

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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough!

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace.In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier.A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level.

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I've been coughing at night. Which is better vaporIzer or humIdIfer?

 I've been coughing at night. Which is better  vaporIzer or  humIdIfer?

Cough: It is important to identify the etiology of cough, if their is fever or SOB or chest pain or reflux or wheezing. Humidifier or vaporizer will both get moisture in the air hence not much different except in cost and method of steam versus mist

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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.

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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.

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What is the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer?

Vaporizers use heat: Humidifiers are devices that increase water content of the air in a room. Vaporizers are humidifiers are humidifiers that do this by heating the water. Cool mist humidifiers give the same result without heating. They work just as well. Avoid vaporizers. If you knock one over in the dark you may burn you feet and your shins.

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Is there a way to humidify my bedroom if I don't have a humidifier / vaporizer?

Is there a way to humidify my bedroom if I don't have a humidifier / vaporizer?

Old trick can work: At an overseas location i used to rectangular cake tins full of water on the radiator covers to act as passive vaporizers. It helped some. The lower you keep the room temperature , the less water it takes to keep the humidity up.

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What's the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer? Which one is a better investment?

Size of water: A simple humidifier (h)is composed of a water tank, a fabric or metal wick and a fan that draws room air through the wick to add water (humidity) to the air. The particle size is tiny & not visible. A vaporizer(v) is composed of a water source & a vibrating tuning fork device that creates visible vapor.While a v can also humidify a room, a h cannot produce visible vapor.

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When would you use a vaporizer VS using a humidifier? Which would you use to constantly maintain a clean aired baby room ?

Humidity: Both are effective for increasing humidity in a room. Vaporizers tend to create environment that can promote growth of bacteria, so you have to make sure you clean it daily and change water. Vaporizers also can be dangerous to toddlers and small children as the steam can cause burns if touched by little hands. Neither is going to clean the air. You need an air purifier for this.

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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Vaporizer (Definition)

A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more