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Does A Humidifier Help With Dust
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
Probably neither: Dust allergy usually implies dust mite allergies. Dust mite allergies are caused by dust mites and one's greatest exposure to dust mites is bedding. Dust mite covers are the most appropriate for this. Air filter do not help. De humidifiers can be helpful to lower the humidity but there is very little data to say this improves pt symptoms. 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
I don't advise it: This product is marketed with the idea that stinky medicine smell is therapeutic. It replicates the aroma therapy indian tribes uses in sweat lodges with pine pitch. I don't recommend it for kids under 2 as the smell often aggravates congestion. Read more
Probably not: Generally cough is caused by one of a few things. The most common causes of cough include mucous in the throat or chest, infection in the chest, obstruction in the airways (such as with asthma), or other irritation of the airway (such as with acid reflux or irritant inhalation). Because a fan or humidifier don't address these issues, they are unlikely to be of benefit and I don't recommend them. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the need: In the south we have ac but no one has a furnace with built in humidifier like some places up north. During real cold snaps, a humidifier is a must, to counter the dry heat, often plunging humidity to 10% which produces headaches, coughs, nose bleeds, sore throats, etc. I recommend they be on if the heat is on. Vaporizers make a mist which helps wash the airway with droplets, this can really help coughs. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on situation: The goal of a humidifier is to raise the humidity in a given space. If the humidity outside your home is low, opening the window increases the work the humidifier must do to be effective (as you humidify outside). If the humidity outside is higher, why use the humidifier if you can open the window. There is no specific safety issue requiring an open window during their use. Read more
Contaminant: The water in the unit should always be clear and odorless, otherwise it should be considered contaminated. Clean the unit as directed in the User Manual and replace the water (distilled is best). If the problems persists, replacement of the unit should be considered. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We don't use oil.: As a pediatrician, we do not recommend the use of eucalyptus oil in a humidifier. Just the cool water mist seems to be effective enough to help loosen most head or chest congestion in my patients. If you or your child are truly suffering more serious respiratory or head congestion then this might best be managed by an office visit. Don't suffer any longer. You deserve better than that. See your md. Read more
Safety: Both provide humidified air to help soothe the airways. Doctors frequently recommend the cool mist humidifier because there is no fear of safety concerns. Vaporizers use heat to vaporize the air and produce very hot steam from the opening. A child could burn themselves in this way or by accidentally pulling on the cord or turning over the unit with risk of serious burns. Safety first always! Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read more
Maybe: In situations where the ambient humidity is low (heated house, winter, dry outside environment) it is quite helpful. In some situations, like an air conditioned house in the summer, it may offer little. Once the ambient humidity passes 50% house dust mites thrive, after 60-70% you can see mold growth. I encourage moms to have simple humidity gauge in the babies sleeping area to monitor that issue Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the need: In the south we have ac but no one has a furnace with built in humidifier like some places up north. During real cold snaps, a humidifier is a must, to counter the dry heat, often plunging humidity to 10% which produces headaches, coughs, nose bleeds, sore throats, etc. I recommend they be on if the heat is on. Vaporizers make a mist which helps wash the airway with droplets, this can really help coughs. Read more
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