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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

Both: A vaporizer or humidifier are interchangeable, in that they both produce extra moisture to help keep the secretions in the throat moist so they can be removed more easily from the throat. ...Read more

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

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I've been coughing at night. Which is better vaporIzer or humIdIfer?

I've been coughing at night. Which is better vaporIzer or humIdIfer?

Cough: It is important to identify the etiology of cough, if their is fever or SOB or chest pain or reflux or wheezing. Humidifier or vaporizer will both get moisture in the air hence not much different except in cost and method of steam versus mist ...Read more

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I have brown particles in my vaporizer/humidifier?

I have brown particles in my vaporizer/humidifier?

Contaminant: The water in the unit should always be clear and odorless, otherwise it should be considered contaminated. Clean the unit as directed in the User Manual and replace the water (distilled is best). If the problems persists, replacement of the unit should be considered. ...Read more

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Is there a way to humidify my bedroom if I don't have a humidifier / vaporizer?

Is there a way to humidify my bedroom if I don't have a humidifier / vaporizer?

Old trick can work: At an overseas location I used to rectangular cake tins full of water on the radiator covers to act as passive vaporizers. It helped some. The lower you keep the room temperature, the less water it takes to keep the humidity up. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer? Which one is a better investment?

Size of water: A simple humidifier (h)is composed of a water tank, a fabric or metal wick and a fan that draws room air through the wick to add water (humidity) to the air. The particle size is tiny & not visible. A vaporizer (v) is composed of a water source & a vibrating tuning fork device that creates visible vapor. While a v can also humidify a room, a h cannot produce visible vapor. ...Read more

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When would you use a vaporizer VS using a humidifier? Which would you use to constantly maintain a clean aired baby room?

Humidity: Both are effective for increasing humidity in a room. Vaporizers tend to create environment that can promote growth of bacteria, so you have to make sure you clean it daily and change water. Vaporizers also can be dangerous to toddlers and small children as the steam can cause burns if touched by little hands. Neither is going to clean the air. You need an air purifier for this. ...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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What are the benefits of a humidifier vs. A vaporizer?

Safety: Both provide humidified air to help soothe the airways. Doctors frequently recommend the cool mist humidifier because there is no fear of safety concerns. Vaporizers use heat to vaporize the air and produce very hot steam from the opening. A child could burn themselves in this way or by accidentally pulling on the cord or turning over the unit with risk of serious burns. Safety first always! ...Read more

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What's the diff between using a vaporizer and a humidifier?

Generally the Temp: The vaporizer heats the moisture, humidifier does not. The clinical difference appears to be marginal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer?

Vaporizers use heat: Humidifiers are devices that increase water content of the air in a room. Vaporizers are humidifiers are humidifiers that do this by heating the water. Cool mist humidifiers give the same result without heating. They work just as well. Avoid vaporizers. If you knock one over in the dark you may burn you feet and your shins. ...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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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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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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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

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


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