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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Humidifiers And Air Conditioners On The Lungs

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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?

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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How does a humidifier affect your lung health?

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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2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

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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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?

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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Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Can I use a humidifier to improve my symptoms of a lung infection?

Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...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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Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Usually: A cool mist humidifier can put more moisture in the air which can help with allergies, congestion and when you have a cold or the flu. Some ultrasonic humidifiers are nice, but may be a bit more expensive. I don't recommend a steam vaporizer, especially when there may be children in the house since it is full of boiling water and cause serious burns if the child gets too close or tips it over. ...Read more

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Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Too much mist?: Making an environment that is uncomfortable to sleep in is a good way to feel drained in the morning. Try turning it down, or at least directing the stream away from your face. ...Read more

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Which humidifier is best when you have a chest infection ? Cool or warm and why ?

See below: In my opinion, it makes no real difference. The key is to increase the humidity in the room where the humidifier is placed. Getting in the shower can be just as good for clearing out mucous. ...Read more

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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...Read more

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26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

Stop the vicks: This is not unusual at that age.Any previous cold or lower respiratory illness can be aggravated by fragrances like that in vicks. I never recommend that product until school age if ever. I find it prolongs the problem . ...Read more

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18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

Baby nose: As babies face and head grow early in life, the nasal passages can actually narrow out a little bit. Since the nasal passages are so very narrow to start with in infants, a little bit of additional narrowing can lead to a lot of noise. He (or she) will outgrow this as face fills out in the second half of the first year. Nothing to worry about as long s no other symptoms and eating fine! ...Read more

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What can speed up a Tonsilectomy recovery? Just keep it wet and moist? And use a cool air,humidifier and air condition? Any other recommendations?

What can speed up a Tonsilectomy recovery? Just keep it wet and moist? And use a cool air,humidifier and air condition? Any other recommendations?

Mechanical soft diet: Traditionally we would recommend a mechanical soft diet for some time. Careful follow-up with your surgeon and PCP is also important to watch for any complications or problems during the healing process. ...Read more

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I have small airway disease, not asthma, which means I have problems getting air out of my lungs. Is this restrictive or obstructive? The doctor didn't put me on any treatment.

I have small airway disease, not asthma, which means I have problems getting air out of my lungs.  Is this restrictive or obstructive? The doctor didn't put me on any treatment.

Need more info: It sounds like you may have a combination of some of both, but would need your entire medical record and to examine you before commenting. If dissatisfied with the explanation they gave you, consider a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a CT chest in june and it was clear. I can't breathe again . Just feels like i can't get enough air chest isnt tight could I have lung disease?

I had a CT chest in june and it was clear. I can't breathe again . Just feels like i can't get enough air chest isnt tight could I have lung disease?

Structure v function: Ct looks for structure/anatomy problems ( tumors, malformations, pneumonia, & sometimes blood clot). Feeling you can't get air in could be a functional problem, like asthma, where anatomic changes are subtle & won't show on ct scan, but airways get intermittently tight & swollen inside, or problems that affect perception, such as anxiety, which can make you feel short of breath. See your doc to ck. ...Read more

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I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

Study the gallbladder?: Does not make sense. Heavy smoker, SOB, and supernormal spirometry? Do you have an oximetry? 1. Repeat the test (spirometry) 2. Do a MRI of chest, rule out mesothelioma (early), or any type of infection. 3. What is your BMI? 4. You should have a cardiologist and a pulmonologist and put all together. Symptoms usually correlate with tests. ...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