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Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Asthma plan: Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation. A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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My nebulizer broke and I have bad asthma everyday but I have a vix humidifier that has a medicine cup is it safe to put the abuteral in the med cup?

My nebulizer broke and I have bad asthma everyday but I have a vix humidifier that has a medicine cup is it safe to put the abuteral in the med cup?

I am sorry: I spent years in the hospital treating respiratory illnesses before i became a physician and your question is the one that most worries me today. People die from asthma. You have "bad" asthma. Please get the right treatment asap if not urgently. Please page your doctor now for instructions. Stop smoking for god's sake. ...Read more

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Bad cough that started yesterday. I've had to take my asthma pump twice today and the humidifier once. It hurts when I cough. Any idea what's wrong?

Bad cough that started yesterday. I've had to take my asthma pump twice today and the humidifier once. It hurts when I cough. Any idea what's wrong?

See doctor: If you need the asthma pump frequently to relieve your symptoms, you need to consult your doctor since the cough may well be a sign of worsening in your asthma especially if you have had a recent upper respiratory tract infection. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant with asthma and my nose is always stopped up (even b/4 pregnancy). I want to buy an humidifier but what kind?

I'm pregnant with asthma and my nose is always stopped up (even b/4 pregnancy). I want to buy an humidifier but what kind?

Save your money: Humidifiers may provide some relief but they also encourage dust mite growth so if you are allergic then this is not a durable solution. Most women don't want to take any medicine during the 1st trimester. Nasal saline is safest but some prescription nasal sprays are not so bad. It is imperative that your asthma is well controlled. Risking Fetal hypoxia is far more dangerous than asthma meds ...Read more

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My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne ?

My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne


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Do a Re-evaluation: Unfortunately one medicine/method of treatment does not work for everyone. Your son may have allergies as well, common in asthmatics, and a prescription nasal spray may be of much benefit. I would suggest bringing him in to his doc, express your concerns and I am sure he will be evaluated and treated accordingly. Best of luck.. ...Read more

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Are humidifiers very helpful for asthma?

Are humidifiers very helpful for asthma?

Probably not: Humidifiers and vaporizers add moisture to the air but this added moisture has little effect beyond the nasal passages. Adding moisture to the bedroom environment encourages growth of houses dust mites and molds not usually considered beneficial for persons with asthmatics. I generally discourage the use of humidifiers & recommend dehumidifiers. ...Read more

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Iam allergic to cats and my inhailer isn't workin will humitifyer work or air filter. Or should I git rid of my cat.. I do have asthma..

Cat bad for asthma: The best way is to remove the cat and thoroughly clean the house, including carpeting and furniture. If you are not willing to do that, see an allergist and consider getting on desensitization (allergy shots), which would decrease y our problem. A humidifier will not work, a hepa filter air purifier and preventing the cat from getting into the bedroom may help. ...Read more

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Would it be ok to purchase a gently used humidifier. Rainy season on and my son and I are asthmatic. Is there a natural way to dehumidify? Low cost

Humidifier: You can purchase a used humidifier but make sure you clean it with lysol to kill any accumulated molds. You can use Calcium Chloride or calcium silica for dehumidification. Both are highly hygroscopic ...Read more

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Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?

Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?

Usually: Dry (and cold) air is particularly bad for exercise induced asthma and that frequently causes cough. Swimming was always said to be better than running for asthma, but now with public pools so highly chlorinated, that also often makes asthma worse. For nasal allergies, the best way to humidify is to use saline nasal spray or flush. ...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