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Do humidifiers really actually work?

Do humidifiers really actually work?

Depends: I have several in my office and get them running when it is cold outside and the heat goes on.If the humidity drops below 20% it irritates airways.People do best if the environment stays between 30-45%.Up north, it is part of the furnace built-ins.In the south, we seldom need it. I rarely recommend them at any other time of the year. ...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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If i melt some Vicks vapor rub and put it inside my daughter's coll mist humidifier will it work effectively?

I avoid it: I avoid any fragrance producing products in vaporizers/humidifiers in infants and toddlers. Although they are popular, i find they often trigger cough and nasal congestion like any other irritant. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne ?

My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne


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Do a Re-evaluation: Unfortunately one medicine/method of treatment does not work for everyone. Your son may have allergies as well, common in asthmatics, and a prescription nasal spray may be of much benefit. I would suggest bringing him in to his doc, express your concerns and I am sure he will be evaluated and treated accordingly. Best of luck.. ...Read more

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How do you use a humidifier safely?

Keep it clean: The only problem with a humidifier is excess humidity which can then lead to growth of molds and fungus. Molds will spontaneously grow if the humidity surpasses 65%. Be on the lookout for any mold growth and if present clean carefully with a nontoxic (citrus based) cleanser. ...Read more

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Would a humidifier help my coughing?

Would a humidifier help my coughing?

Probably: It moisturizes the air that you breath. The moist air is soothing to your airways and it can help thin out mucus, to help you cough less. ...Read more

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Are humidifiers safe in baby nursery?

Are humidifiers safe in baby nursery?

Yes: Yes humidifiers are safe but they do need to be cleaned often because they do get some bacterial growth which then can be in the mist put out in the air and be of potential risk of causing infection. ...Read more

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Can i put Vicks in my son's humidifier?

Not recommended: In the cool mist humidifiers which are recommended now, the vicks will just clog up the system. Hot steam vaporizers are not recommended around children at all due to the risk of burns. The vicks doesn't "cure" the cold, and isn't necessarily effective. Increased moisture in the air is the main thing that helps your child feel better. ...Read more

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What are the best portable humidifiers?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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How safe is the air coming?From humidifiers?

How safe is the air coming?From humidifiers?

Safe if filter clean: Humidifiers are very helpful in kids with breathing problems.We need to ensure that their filters are clean. ...Read more

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Can i use a fan and humidifier at the same time?

Can i use a fan and humidifier at the same time?

Yes you can: That's a rather strange combination of hot and dry weather, usually cold and dry, at any rate, make sure the humidifier doesn't build up mold, frequent cleaning and maintenance are important ...Read more

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What's the risk in using a humidifier all yr long?

Too much : The healthy zone for humidity runs from 35-45 %. If you are >50% you can facilitate human dust mite growth & above 70% you see mold & mildew start to form. ...Read more

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Would it be okay to turn on a humidifier durning the summer?

Would it be okay to turn on a humidifier durning the summer?

Yes and no: Most environments are humidity filled during hot weather and a humidifier would not benefit you much unless you were is a very dry area. Once you push the humidity above 50% at home you foster growth of dust mites, above 70% mold. The best answer would be to find out what your humidity is at home and plan accordingly. ...Read more

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What are the differences between hot and cold steam humidifiers?

What are the differences between hot and cold steam humidifiers?

Humidifiers: The only difference is the temperature of the mist that comes out of their spouts. Both function the same way - they generate mist to humidify dry air. Do not use warm humidifiers around young children as they can get burned. ...Read more

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Should i leave the air conditioning on if i'm using a humidifier?

Call HVAC: Sounds like a question for a hvac expert. I would ask a company that services air conditioners. ...Read more