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Humidifier (Overview)

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 can cough it up.


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How do you use a humidifier safely?

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

Humidifier (Overview)

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 can cough it up.


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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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Can I put Vicks in my son's humidifier?

Not recommended: In the cool mist humidifiers which are recommended now, the Vicks will just clog up the system. Hot steam vaporizers are not recommended around children at all due to the risk of burns. The Vicks doesn't "cure" the cold, and isn't necessarily effective. Increased moisture in the air is the main thing that helps your child feel better. ...Read more

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Can I use a fan and humidifier at the same time?

Can I use a fan and humidifier at the same time?

Yes you can: That's a rather strange combination of hot and dry weather, usually cold and dry, at any rate, make sure the humidifier doesn't build up mold, frequent cleaning and maintenance are important ...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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Would it be okay to turn on a humidifier durning the summer?

Would it be okay to turn on a humidifier durning the summer?

Yes and no: Most environments are humidity filled during hot weather and a humidifier would not benefit you much unless you were is a very dry area. Once you push the humidity above 50% at home you foster growth of dust mites, above 70% mold. The best answer would be to find out what your humidity is at home and plan accordingly. ...Read more

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Should I leave the air conditioning on if I'm using a humidifier?

Call HVAC: Sounds like a question for a hvac expert. I would ask a company that services air conditioners. ...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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Please describe a good cool mist humidifier that actually produces cool mist?

It's plenty: You can check reviews on the internet or go in nearby wall-mart, k-mart, home depot etc.
You have to decide: what size of the room you would like to humidify, would you like to have it with filter or without, what type would you like to have: ultrasonic or not, big or small (for how many liters), etc. ...Read more

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Can I turn my humidifier up as high as I want at night? Is too much humidity in the room harmful at all?

Can I turn my humidifier up as high as I want at night? Is too much humidity in the room harmful at all?

Get a gauge: Excessively dry air is a problem for many & can produce sore throats, nose bleeds & headaches. Too much humidity can also be a problem. Above 50% house dust mites thrive, above 70% supports mold & mildew growth. With a gauge you can run your system to target 30-40 % which promotes airway health without bringing on the other problems. Clean it regularly & remove any mold if it appears immediately. ...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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