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Do Humidifiers 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
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
I live in Midvale, Utah, so again would like of getting either like a humidifier, or vaporizer work for me ta get for Christmas this month Huh?
I have tried a humidifier and it helps a bit but the cough is relentless when it strikes. Is their any cough syrup or remedy that is proven to work?
My 3yr old is always congested. Humidifiers decongestants steam nasal spray etc don't work. How else can I help her?
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
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
My sinuses keep getting swollen and give me pain (like a sinus headache). Nasal spray didn't work. Should I get a humidifier? What should I do?
Mgt/workup: Humidified air may help your symptoms. A further investigation of the underlying cause may include allergy testing and a CF sweat test. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Looser: Basically said to keep mucus from thickening to make it less difficult to breathe. ...Read more
Call HVAC: Sounds like a question for a hvac expert. I would ask a company that services air conditioners. ...Read more