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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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How does a humidifier affect your lung health?

Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
28 years in practice
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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

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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


Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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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?

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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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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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

Dr. Pamela Lindor
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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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?

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: www. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Not beneficial: Humidifier is basically to provide extra moisture to the upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Is dry air or humid air better if you have phlegm from post nasal drip in your lungs? Should I used a humidifier at night?

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Is dry air or humid air better if you have phlegm from post nasal drip in your lungs?  Should I used a humidifier at night?

Depends: If the air in your area is very dry (10 days or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
22 years in practice
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Will too much exercise permanently affect my lung health?

Dr. Bryan Levey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. George Horng
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
15 years in practice
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What tests are available to check lung health?

Dr. George Horng
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Is there a way to improve your lung health by changing your daily lifestyle?

Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
25 years in practice
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Yes: Losing weight, stopping smoking, avoiding pollution (allergens, dust, fumes), and aerobic exercising. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
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What should I eat to improve lung health?

Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
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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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