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How does a humidifier affect your lung health?

How does a humidifier affect your lung health?

Yes, In a Dry enviro: A humidifier can be helpful if the surroundings are very dry, such as in winter with "forced hot air" warming. Our nose, nasal passages, trachea all act to humidify our inspired air. If the air is too dry, these structures, too, can become dry. Keep in mind that humidifiers, if not kept lean, can also impart bacteria to the air, so some caution is necessary. Refer to package directions. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

Yes: It sounds like your child has an irritated respiratory tract. It 's great the lungs are clear. A vaporizer or humidifier often helps in winter months when the humidity is low. Also, you may want to try a dose of Diphenhydramine at bedtime (like benadryl). If the cough continues or worsens, check back with your doctor. ...Read more

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4 month old coughing with whole body/lung capacity, wet sounding, has been a few weeks, nebulizer/humidifier/suction doing nothing to help. What next?

4 month old coughing with whole body/lung capacity, wet sounding, has been a few weeks, nebulizer/humidifier/suction doing nothing to help. What next?

Mgt: These respiratory symptoms, particularly when they occur at this age, requires follow up with your Pediatrician.
I would recommend an assessment for Pertussis, wheezing and pneumonia. If there has been a fever, please monitor the temperature and note it down with the date/time for your physician. A follow up appt is available online:
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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...Read more

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Due to flood in master bdr. Air humidifier are running in bdr. I have lung inflamation history will this affect my lungs I have tight feeling in chest?

Be cautions: If there are mold and spores in the bedroom and the flood water, the humidifier as it blows air may just blow them up and you inhale them. It is best that you stay out of that place while it is being taken care of, and get someone professional to it. Having a carpet would be even worse. The mold and spores can cause lung irritation and even outright infection. ...Read more

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13 mo old Nighttime cough for 3 weeks, Benadryl, humidifier, 70-72 room temp NOT working. No ear infection, lungs are clear. What is the next step?

13 mo old Nighttime cough for 3 weeks, Benadryl, humidifier, 70-72 room temp NOT working. No ear infection, lungs are clear. What is the next step?

Pediatrician: assessment is needed, this can very well be reactive airways disease leading to night time cough, or maybe an upper respiratory infection to start with, so he will need prescription medications after evaluation. Kindly avoid Benadryl at this age, unless prescribed, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same. ...Read more

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Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Usually: A cool mist humidifier can put more moisture in the air which can help with allergies, congestion and when you have a cold or the flu. Some ultrasonic humidifiers are nice, but may be a bit more expensive. I don't recommend a steam vaporizer, especially when there may be children in the house since it is full of boiling water and cause serious burns if the child gets too close or tips it over. ...Read more

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Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Too much mist?: Making an environment that is uncomfortable to sleep in is a good way to feel drained in the morning. Try turning it down, or at least directing the stream away from your face. ...Read more

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Which humidifier is best when you have a chest infection? Cool or warm and why?

See below: In my opinion, it makes no real difference. The key is to increase the humidity in the room where the humidifier is placed. Getting in the shower can be just as good for clearing out mucous. ...Read more

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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (I've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...Read more

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18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

Baby nose: As babies face and head grow early in life, the nasal passages can actually narrow out a little. Since the nasal passages are so very narrow to start with in infants, a little of additional narrowing can lead to a lot of noise. He (or she) will outgrow this as face fills out in the second half of the first year. Nothing to worry about as long s no other symptoms and eating fine! ...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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What should I eat to improve lung health?

What should I eat to improve lung health?

Antioxidants: All anti oxidants will help protect your lung & probably help rapair. Greens & vegetables as well as fruits. Those are the best ...Read more

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I have a sinus issue. Could this be related to my lung health?

I have a sinus issue. Could this be related to my lung health?

Usually not: Sinus problems are usually related to the sinuses in your face and are usually related to some allergy, rather than something related to your lungs. ...Read more

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If I have asthma, does that mean that my lung health is very bad?

If I have asthma, does that mean that my lung health is very bad?

Probably not...: Asthma, by definition, is reversible obstruction. This means, on the right regimen for you, there should be no obstruction measured on your pulmonary function test between exacerbations. During an exacerbation, there is increased obstruction/inflammation which is treated until the airways get back to baseline. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some ways to help lung health after smoking cessation?

Can you tell me some ways to help lung health after smoking cessation?

Hydration: Hydration is very important. Smoking paralyzes the cilia in your airways -so that don't remove junk from the lungs. They come back to life when you stop smoking. Water is needed to loosen the junk so that it can be coughed out. Physical activity will also help. ...Read more

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What tests are available to check lung health?

What tests are available to check lung health?

PFTs: Pulmonary function tests can be used to check how well your lungs are working. ...Read more

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How does yoga improve lung health?

Increasing stamina: Breathing techniques in yoga will built stamina to respiratory muscles , creates optimum ventilation, minimizes waste of energy due respiration, allows uniform ventilation of all parts of lung not allowing collapse of lung, spends minimum energy. ...Read more

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Can meditation really help improve lung health?

Can meditation really help improve lung health?

No: No meditation nor any natural known substance has proved to improve lung function. Meditation as any associated maneauver can help the persons to understand their inner energy. Also, to be calm & rational on responses as well as learn to understand your body better.
Also, to improve your response to different reactions, your limitations & attributes. ...Read more

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How are these wildfires affecting my lung health?

How are these wildfires affecting my lung health?

Hurting: Wildfires produse very small particles that are able to travel 100s of miles. When inhaled, they travel deel into the pulmonary tree. ...Read more

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Will too much exercise permanently affect my lung health?

Will too much exercise permanently affect my lung health?

Probably not: I know of no one who has developed lung problems as a result of exercise. It's far more likely to have other kinds of injuries like stress fractures, back problems, knee problems etc. From exercising "too much.". ...Read more

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What the benefits of do exercise such as walking for lung health?

What the benefits of do exercise such as walking for lung health?

Oxygen exchange: Exercise will help oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange by increasing the efficiency of breathing. Great idea! ...Read more

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Heavy phlegm comes out when I cough. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

Heavy phlegm comes out when I cough. Does this mean that I have poor lung health?

Not necessarily: Sputum production can come from postnasal dripwhich normally results from allergies. Also, some patients with sputum have gastroesophageal reflux disease. From a pulmonary standpoint, many patients with a variety of respiratory disorders complain of sputum production. To be sure what's causing the sputum, I would recommend a full history by a physician. ...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