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Cool mist humidifiers for nosebleeds?

Cool mist humidifiers for nosebleeds?

maybe: I find using nasal saline wash and or a nasal saline gel more effective over the long term ...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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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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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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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

See below:: Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century, cool mist administration was the mainstay of treatment for croup. Hospitals had "croup rooms" filled with cool mist. However, despite its continued widespread use, little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. Randomized studies of children with moderate-to-severe croup revealed no difference in outcome for treated vs not. ...Read more

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Is a cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

Humidifier: should be cool for upper airway obstruction like croup and if it is a less than 1 yr ols it should be hot for sinusitis so nasal drainage liquefies and easy to drain make sure the machine is cleaned prior to use so there is no mold accumulation ...Read more

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Do warm mist humidifiers help with dry skin and allergies?

Do warm mist humidifiers help with dry skin and allergies?

No: It is my understanding that humidifiers add litle to the humidity of a house (most moisture goes into ceiling and rafters) so these are of little to no benefit for dry skin. What works best is "soaking and trapping". That is soak skin and then trap the moisture within 2 minures with moisturizers. ..And creams are better than lotions and ointments and oils are better than creams.. ...Read more

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My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

If this has been: Going on for quite sometimes please see your pediatrician about it. He may prescribe some ear drop or eye drop medication that can be used in the nose to relieve severe nasal congestion or he may refer you to ENT specialist. ...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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Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier ? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip , dry cough on winter and fall?

Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier ? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip , dry cough on winter and fall?

No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on.They don't have to mist to be effective.It is part of the Furnace system in the North,where the heat is on for months but not in Texas.We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

May Not Matter: There is an old study that demonstrated cool air/moisture penetrates deeper into the respiratory tree. But not by much. There may be very little practical difference. ...Read more

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I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can i try now?

I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline
 spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can i try now?

Nasal gel: There is a nasal saline gel that can be applied at the nasal entrance prior to bed that may keep you moist for a longer period. ...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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Can Vicks vapor humidifier irritate eye?

verymild irritation: Nothing to worry about. Best to close your eyes if you are bothered. ...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. Either humidifiers do the job; each use depend on the temperature of the room you live in. ...Read more

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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