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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
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
My baby will be born end of January. Can I use vaporizer for him? Cool mist or steam? Humidifier or vaporizer, which are better?
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?
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
Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?
Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation.
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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
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
Vaporizers use heat: Humidifiers are devices that increase water content of the air in a room. Vaporizers 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
I live in Midvale, Utah, so again would like of getting either like a humidifier, or vaporizer work for me ta get for Christmas this month Huh?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Me and my wife have both a vaporizer and humidifier in our bedroom is that ok? We turn both on when sleeping both bought from Wal mart
No problem: If it is dry, they both should help. Keep them clean as they can encourage the growth of mold. All the best. ...Read more
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
What is best to ease chronic stuffiness and easily irritated nose- humidifier or vaporizer? What is difference between them?
Hi! My 1 year old has RSV. She was prescribed albuterol via nebulizer. We have a humidifier with a little cup on the top for Vicks liquid I believe, would it be possible to put the albuterol in the cup on her vaporizer to administer her nighttime treatme
What is good for nose bleeds a humidifier or vaporizer. Imy ENT recommended humidifier or vaporizer. No I don' t take Coumadin (warfarin) or blood thinners?
Sounds like: You have 2 viable options courtesy of your ENT already. ...Read more
Humidity/vapor: 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
Humidifiers: These devices tend to humidify the air. Can be useful in the winter when the air is dry and pt has cold symptoms, this can help moisten the secretions and make pt feel better. Cold mist preferred over warm mist so little kids will not get burnt. Need to clean frequently with some bleach water to kill bacteria. ...Read more
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