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Humidifier Warm Vs Cool Dry Skin
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Warm mist vs cool mist humidifiers: does the warm mist make the room warm and similarly with the cool mist?
Humidifiers: Yes and yes. Warm mist will not be enough to heat a room and likewise for cool mist. ...Read more
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.
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
To treat blepharitis and evaporative dry eyes, how effective is thermal eye compress that you microwave vs regular warm water compresses.
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
Safety: The use of steamers (hot element humidifiers) has not been recommended for years due to safety concerns. The parent stumbling around in a poorly lit room trying to retrieve & fill one often spilled boiling water on themselves or at worse, the heater could malfunction & burn the house down.Today's misters use differn't technology to produce a cool mist & humidifiers make no mist at all. ...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?
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
Heat/danger: Warm mist producers are basically over sized coffee warmers that rely on decades old technology & could burn your house down. I haven't recommended one, ever. The ultrasonic systems use a vibrating tuning fork to generate the mist. It is safe & effective. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do warm gel compresses seem to not work as well as warm wet (towel soaked in warm water) compresses for my meibomian glands?
Hot compresses: 1st, keep using the hot compresses on your closed eyelids. 1-2 a day...Those 1-2 minutes of Rx will be very helpful,comforting, and beneficial to decrease styes and remove the ''granulated'' dandruff-like dried oil at the eyelash roots and along the edges of your 4 eyelids...Do a little rubbing also, like when a woman is trying to remove her eyeliner. 2nd, the moist heat is reported to be better ...Read more
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