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

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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

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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Could cold air coming from air conditioner make you sick?

Could cold air coming from air conditioner make you sick?

Could be a factor.: A virus is required to catch a cold. Cold, dry air ^’s nasal mucus production ; viscosity. Mucus is part of our body’s defense mechanism. It traps viruses ; other particles. When the mucus is thick (sluggish) it makes removing viruses more difficult. Another function of the nose is to warm cold air before it moves to the lungs. Capillaries in the nose dilate to bring warm blood to the nares. As. ...Read more

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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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Indoor air pollution. How helpful is a hepa filter?

Indoor air pollution.  How helpful is a hepa filter?

Great: Hepa filters are one of the best filters. Use according to room size. They are great. ...Read more

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Air purifier makes the air dry, is this true?

Not necessarily: There are many ways to purify air - not all of them make air dry. Check out http://home.howstuffworks.com/air-purifier.htm for some basics. ...Read more

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Can inhaling steam form lung crystals?

Can inhaling steam  form lung crystals?

Interesting question: ...and certainly inhaled particulate can deposit in the lungs, but keep in mind your lungs are moist and at body temperature (not room temperature) relative to whether what/how much you've dissolved in your "steam" precipitates out. ...Read more

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Could an air purifier cause shortness of breath?

Could an air purifier cause shortness of breath?

Possible: If not maintained and cleaned well yes. These may become dirty and not function well. Also depends on the type of cleaner. Some are electrostatic or ionized. Most likely it is the surrounding enviorment not the machine if working well. Need to trouble shoot more. ...Read more

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What is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

What is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

Depends on how much: Pollution and how much smoking. If you live in beijing, the answer might be pollution is as bad or worse than a half-pack of cigarettes per day. If you live in the average american city, smoking is much worse if you are smoking more than a cigarette or two per day. Air pollution has different toxins and they may be worse for some people- like hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter. ...Read more

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Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Not likely: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Dry air is not generally a risk factor. ...Read more

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Home treatment to remove excess phelgam or mucus in lungs and trachea wind pipe?

Home treatment to remove excess phelgam or mucus in lungs and trachea wind pipe?

Steam: Steam inhalation might be a good way to loosen secretion. Do not however use steam from a direct source like a keetle -you will be burned. ...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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Could indoor air pollution from animal poop harm you if you inhale it?

Could indoor air pollution from animal poop harm you if you inhale it?

Potentially: that is why it is recommended that litter boxes not be placed where there are vents. ...Read more

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Can blow drying a wet hair using hot air cause brain tumor ?

Can blow drying a wet hair using hot air cause brain tumor ?

Brain tumors: There is no known relationship between hair drying with hot air and and brain tumors. ...Read more

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Can heat, such as warm air, dry/irritate your vagina?

Can heat, such as warm air, dry/irritate your vagina?

No it cannot: No heat cannot dry or irritate your vagina. That is unless you are applying a hair drier directly to that area for a long period of time. Is there something particular you are concerned about? ...Read more

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Would things like blowing out through straws or kid blow toys help expand lungs and increase lung breathing capacity? Other suggestive techniques ?

Possibly helpful: Some evidence exists for using positive pressure or incentive spirometry to enhance lung capacity. Any deep breathing exercise or activity such as swimming or playing wind instruments may be helpful as well. JDF1? ...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