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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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I have dust allergies. Do I need a filter or de-humidifier for my home?

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

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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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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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Can vasorub be put in a humidifier?

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

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Is it ok to put vaporub in a humidifier?

Is it ok to put vaporub in a humidifier?

Use if you wish: I NEVER recommend it for small children.Their airways are often irritated and react to the stuff with increasing cough and congestion. Adults seem to do well with it. Read more

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Can a fan and a humidifier help with a cough?

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 more

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Can you use Vicks humidifier without a filter?

Certainly: Simplify. A hot water humifier shouldn't need a filter Read more

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Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer?

Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer?

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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How to use humidifier with window open or close?

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

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Can you use a Vicks humidifier on a 3 month old?

Yes, but: The humidifier may be helpful for congestion and cough, but I consider the vick's additive an air pollutant & more likely to aggravate than help a small baby.I never recommend it under 6yo and don't really like it then. Read more

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I have brown particles in my vaporizer/humidifier?

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 more

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How much eucyluptus oil do you put in a humidifier?

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

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What are the benefits of a humidifier vs. A vaporizer?

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 more

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What's the diff between using a vaporizer and a humidifier?

Generally the Temp: The vaporizer heats the moisture, humidifier does not. The clinical difference appears to be marginal. Read more

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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. Read more

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Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Humidifier's fine: I would not put Vicks in the humidifier.I consider all aromatic (smelly) compounds as irritants that aggravate cough and congestion in infants. I still remember the smell from childhood, but have never recommended it for preschool kids. Read more

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Can I use a cool air humidifier for my 3 month old daughters cold?

Can I use a cool air humidifier for my 3 month old daughters cold?

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 more

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Is using a humidifier actually effective in helping with your breathing?

Is using a humidifier actually effective in helping with your breathing?

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