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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


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What is the difference between the Vicks ultrasonic, cool mist, and warm mist humidifiers?

What is the difference between the Vicks ultrasonic, cool mist, and warm mist humidifiers?

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

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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

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

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What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

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 more

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...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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Other than temperature, what is the difference between cool and warm mist humidifiers?

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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Is there a difference between a cool mist and a hot mist humidifier?

Safety: The hot misters I have delt with over the years have a heating elementand produce scalding water as well as steam.Most misters today use tuning fork technology and produce mist particles without the heat, or risk. By the time it gets to the kid it will cool off anyway, so i avoid the risk of hot steamers and recommend the cool mist. ...Read more

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Which vaporizer machine is better to help with stuffiness, warm or cool? Difference?

Which vaporizer machine is better to help with stuffiness, warm or cool? Difference?

No real difference: more like there isn't a big difference between the two. dehumidifier is simply used to add moisture to the air, this is helpful in the winter when the air is dry. a vaporizer is specifically used to deliver a humidifier medication into the air such as Vicks Vapor solutions. if you're going for moisture humidifier will be sufficient. ...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 cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

Humidifier: should be cool for upper airway obstruction like croup and if it is a less than 1 yr ols it should be hot for sinusitis so nasal drainage liquefies and easy to drain make sure the machine is cleaned prior to use so there is no mold accumulation ...Read more

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What is the differences between brushing teeth with cold, cool, warm or hot water ?

What is the differences between brushing teeth with cold, cool, warm or hot water ?

No difference: The temperature of the water makes no difference on the effectiveness of your brushing. It is a matter of personal preference. However if the water is too hot it can burn you. Some people have cold sensitivity. ...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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Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

May Not Matter: There is an old study that demonstrated cool air/moisture penetrates deeper into the respiratory tree. But not by much. There may be very little practical difference. ...Read more

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What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

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

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Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens?  What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Humidifier: Anything that moistens mucus membranes will be helpful. Humidifier is a great tool. Not much difference between cool mist or lukewarm mist humidifier, more so the matter of preference and comfort. I like lukewarm slightly better, though. ...Read more

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Do cool water and warm water humidifiers have the same purpose?

Do cool water and warm water humidifiers have the same purpose?

Humidifiers: Yes. They both increase humidity. Be careful with warm water humidifiers when there are young children around because they could burn themselves when playing around them. ...Read more