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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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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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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

To mist or not to: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style vaporizers have a heating element that boils water making steam, these are unsafe. Modern products use tuning fork technology & make light or heavy mist (vaporizers also humidify)they are safe & helpful when your heater dries out the air you sleep in. ...Read more

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Will a humidifier or vaporizer help with swollen turbinates ?

Will a humidifier or vaporizer help 
with swollen turbinates ?

It may...: It soemwhat depends on why the turbinates are swollen. If it's from dryness and/or irritation, the extra humidity will do wonders. If it's from allergies or a viral infection, it will still help a little, just not as much. It certainly won't hurt, as long as it is safely placed and out of reach of little curious hands such as toddlers and puppies!clean daily and wash filter often. ...Read more

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Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride 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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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer? Which is better for a 4 month old with a cough/allergies?

Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer? Which is better for a 4 month old with a cough/allergies?

Either: Humidity is moisture in the air. It doesn't matter how it gets there. The main differences in the cool mist vs steam is the noise and the cost. Be sure to claen either machine at least weekly, to prevent mold build up. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Matthew Roman
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Vaporizer (Definition)

A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more