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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

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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What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

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

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Is there a difference between a cool mist and a hot mist humidifier?

Safety: The hot misters I have delt with over the years have a heating elementand produce scalding water as well as steam. Most misters today use tuning fork technology and produce mist particles without the heat, or risk. By the time it gets to the kid it will cool off anyway, so I avoid the risk of hot steamers and recommend the cool mist. ...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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What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

They are different: A warm mist humidifier is a device that heats water into steam and a cold mist vaporizer uses a device to spin and genrate tiny droplets of cool mist like a waterfall does. Both create mist but by different methods. There is debate as to which is a better device. Each has its pluses and minuses. ...Read more

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How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

Netty pot: There is no limit to how many times you can use a netty. Pot. Colds can be passed back and forth. I usually recommend a humidifier, but some patients do better with a vaporizer. ...Read more

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Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get rid of cold?

Cool humidifier: In my medical opinion, the cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is preferable to the hot vaporizer due to the safety concerns of the heating of the water with potential injury posed by the vaporizer. Furthermore, experientially, parental feedback indicates that the cool humidifier seems to provide a more calming cough relief than the hotter vaporizer. ...Read more

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My 9 wk old has had a cold for over a month is this normal? He is currently on a wedge at night and I have a humidifier is there anything else to do?

My 9 wk old has had a cold for over a month is this normal? He is currently on a wedge at night and I have a humidifier is there anything else to do?

Any treatment?: Has the child seen a physician at that time and are they treating them? They could need an antibiotic. If that has been done, then you should try cleaning out the child's nose at night with saline and a suction bulb. If this continues to persist or the child has difficulties eating or sleeping, seek the evaluation of a physician. ...Read more

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My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times, he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times, he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.

No Medicine BUT.....: There are no medicines for cough in a four-month old but if your baby has cold symptoms with a persistent cough the possibilities are numerous including pertussis so I think it is very important that you visit with your pediatrician now. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough in a humidifier?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough in a humidifier?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use the Vicks warn humidifier with the Vicks Vapopads while pregnant. I have a really bad head cold. ?

Is it safe to use the Vicks warn humidifier with the Vicks Vapopads while pregnant. I have a really bad head cold. 
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Vicks+ pregnancy: Hello~ yes I have prescribed it for many years while in Obstetric practice. Its safe and better to take than an antihistamine. Put about 10ml-15ml in a dish filled with boiling water. Place as towel over your head and breathe in the menthol vapors for about 10 mins and do that a few times a day. Get better! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my almost 3 year old to snore loud and sometimes stop breathing for a few secs. Does not have cold and we have a humidifier running?

Is it normal for my almost 3 year old to snore loud and sometimes stop breathing for a few secs. Does not have cold and we have a humidifier running?

Uncommon & progresiv: If a kid is snoring at 3 it is likely to progress to a point where it causes sleep apnea even if it is not present now. T&a mass grows faster than the kid until ~8y. If your kid is grumpy, dozes a lot during the day & the pauses you mention last >10 sec, you have a problem now. Record the snoring pattern & seek out a consultation with an ent. The humidifier is unlikely to help. ...Read more

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I am currently a nanny.the almost 3 yr old, 32lbs, has a cold. Am I able to give her Children's Nyquil? If so what dose? Tried humidifier and honey

I am currently a nanny.the almost 3 yr old, 32lbs, has a cold. Am I able to give her Children's Nyquil? If so what dose?  Tried humidifier and honey

Not recommended: None of these products are recommended for any child under-age 6 yr. They were commonly used decades ago, but were more a product that give you something to do than helpful. They usually contain antihistamines which actually thicken secretions making it harder to get up and cough our mucous secretions. Proper nutrition, rest and time will solve this problem. ...Read more

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Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens?  What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Humidifier: Anything that moistens mucus membranes will be helpful. Humidifier is a great tool. Not much difference between cool mist or lukewarm mist humidifier, more so the matter of preference and comfort. I like lukewarm slightly better, though. ...Read more

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26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

Stop the vicks: This is not unusual at that age. Any previous cold or lower respiratory illness can be aggravated by fragrances like that in vicks. I never recommend that product until school age if ever. I find it prolongs the problem. ...Read more

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3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day ?

3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day
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Should see doctor: A cold with fever and cough so hard as to induce vomiting can be pertusis (whooping cough) or rsv, even if he didn't miss any scheduled vaccinations. So this one does warrent actual visit to his doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

Nasal suction: Use saline nose drops (available over-the-counter) to loosen up the mucous and use a bulb syringe to suction out the nose before each feeding and before laying him down. Babies don't much mind if their nose is runny, but they get very irritable when they can't breathe well! Give him plenty of fluids (his milk, but also some water if needed). If he has fever or starts vomiting, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Should i be alarmed about anything... My 22 month old grand daughter head is profusely sweating while she sleeps... No fever... Room temp 75 but will drop to between 70-72 as it gets later into night, cold water humidifier in use...

Should i be alarmed about anything... My 22 month old grand daughter head is profusely sweating while she sleeps... No fever... Room temp 75 but will drop to between 70-72 as it gets later into night, cold water humidifier in use...

As : As long as she is growing well, eating well, and appears to be able to keep up with other kids her age, then it is probably nothing to worry about. Some kids are very sweaty sleepers — luckily, many grow out of it. ...Read more

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4 month old baby has a bad cough. I've tried hot steamy bathroom, humidifier, saline nasal spray. How long will it take to go away?

4 month old baby has a bad cough. I've tried hot steamy bathroom, humidifier, saline nasal spray. How long will it take to go away?

It depends.: If saline & suctioning isn't helping and you've tried steam and cool mist, it souns like it's time to see the doctor. There are so many causes for cough, each needing different management, that there's no way to know how long it'll last without examining him. I hope he feels better soon! ...Read more

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What do humidifiers do to help you when you have a cold?

What do humidifiers do to help you when you have a cold?

Humdifiers and Colds: Humidifiers help keep mucus thinnned, helping to promote draining. Anything that gets mucus "wet" helps keep it flowing. Secondly, anything that helps swelling, helps keep air flowing. ...Read more

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What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold in infants?

What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold in infants?

Moisturizes air: Humidifiers are generally a water source with a fan and some sort of wick, often fabric. The fan draws air across the wick which adds water to the air. It's best use is in settings where dry heat has extracted moisture from the air and made it dry enough to dehydrate your nasal passages and airway. It is never needed in a humid setting. It does not treat a cold, but makes dry heat less irritating. ...Read more

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Do you suggest warm or cold mist humidifiers for colds in the winter?

Do you suggest warm or cold mist humidifiers for colds in the winter?

Humidifiers: As long as there are no young children in the house, especially toddlers, hot humifiers are fine. The reason is that they can suffer from burns. All humidifiers do the job; each use depend on the temperature of the room you live in. ...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 breathe. The moist air is soothing to your airways and it can help thin out mucus, to help you cough less. ...Read more